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DOE Launches New Center to Support Nuclear Tech Dev’t

The Department of Energy has opened a center to help industry develop advanced nuclear energy technologies with the support of national laboratories. DOE said Thursday its new National Reactor Innovation Center will help private firms demonstrate nuclear reactor concepts to accelerate licensing and commercialization of resulting technologies.

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Report: NASA Chief Jim Bridenstine Set to Announce Human Lunar Lander Program HQ

NASA Administrator and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Jim Bridenstine is scheduled to announce the selection of the Alabama-based Marshall Space Flight Center as the headquarters for its human lunar lander program on Friday to bring astronauts to the moon by 2024, Reuters reported Friday.

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MDA Chief Vice Adm. Jon Hill on Moving THAAD Missile Defense System to Army

Vice Adm. Jon Hill, director of the Missile Defense Agency, said he's not in favor of a plan to transition the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system to the U.S. Army, Defense News reported Wednesday. “Why would we hand that off to the Army or Air Force, that sort of transfer to a service where it won’t be prioritized?"

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DOE Introduces Funding Opportunity for Material Science Research Projects; Rick Perry Quoted

The Department of Energy plans to award $27.6M in grants supporting data science research efforts to speed up discovery capabilities in material sciences and chemistry. DOE said Wednesday that it intends to use the research projects to comprehend chemical properties and related processes that may support the creation of superconductors, alloys and approaches in material synthesis and chemical separation.

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Lisa Costa: SOCOM Looks Into Software-Defined Networking, Hybrid Cloud Capabilities

Lisa Costa, chief information officer at U.S. Special Operations Command, told C4ISRNET in an interview published Wednesday that software-defined networking, next-gen laptop and Special Operations Forces hybrid cloud are the emerging networking capabilities SOCOM is investigating. Costa said SOCOM’s cloud strategy is based on application modernization and cloud development.

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