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FDA Issues Warning on Potential Insulin Pump Hack

The Food and Drug Administration warned that insulin pumps manufactured by Medtronic in 2012 may bring potential cybersecurity and health risks to patients, Nextgov reported Friday. According to a separate statement, other users may access a nearby MiniMed insulin pump wirelessly and manipulate its settings to cease or over-deliver insulin to patients.

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DARPA Seeks to Develop Genetics-Based Med Tech

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has launched a four-year effort to develop new genetics-based applications addressing two public health issues. DARPA said Thursday that its Preemptive Expression of Protective Alleles and Response Elements or PREPARE program aims to control protective genes for defense against influenza and ionizing radiation. 

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Vice Adm. Thomas Moore: Navy Intends to Upgrade Launchers on Destroyers for Hypersonic Weapons

Vice Adm. Thomas Moore, head of Naval Sea Systems Command, said the U.S. Navy plans to upgrade launchers on its Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers to accommodate hypersonic missiles, Defense News reported Sunday. “Vertical launch system has been a real game-changer for us."

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DoD’s Laser Device Could Help ID People Through Cardiac Signature

An infrared laser device developed for the Department of Defense could help authorities identify individuals from a distance through their unique cardiac signatures, the MIT Technology Review reported Thursday. The Jetson device uses the laser vibrometry technique to detect the heartbeat-linked surface movement from a distance of up to 219 yards or approximately 200 meters.

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Brian Thomas: NASA Eyes AI, Machine Learning Use in Four Categories

Brian Thomas, a data scientist at NASA and program manager for Open Innovation, said the space agency is looking to advance the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in aeronautics, human capital, information technology support and operations, Federal Times reported Friday. Thomas said on Wednesday that NASA plans to use AI and ML technologies to help with antenna positioning operations in order to facilitate contact with satellites during the AI World Government Conference. 

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USAF Leads Program to Sustain Older Aircraft

The U.S. Air Force has engaged in a public-private partnership to address the supply needs for sustaining older aircraft. Air Force Research Laboratory leads the Maturation of Advanced Manufacturing for Low Cost Sustainment program to sustain older aircraft via advanced manufacturing and digital technologies, the service branch said Thursday.

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ODNI Creates Tech Innovation Unit

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has created a new unit focused on the deployment of innovative technologies to the 17 intelligence community agencies as well as government entities. ODNI said on Wednesday that the Lateral Innovation division operates under the Transformation and Innovation Office within the agency’s Strategy and Engagement Component. 

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