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Suzette Kent on Agencies’ Application Rationalization, Cloud Adoption Efforts

Federal Chief Information Officer Suzette Kent said government agencies are showing progress around cloud efforts for collaboration and email tools, Federal News Network reported Friday. Kent, a 2019 Wash100 winner, said on the network’s Ask the CIO that application rationalization is vital since it goes in concert with data center-related initiatives. 

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Cindy Daniell: AI Could Help NGA Address ‘Nothing Significant to Report’ Challenge

Cindy Daniell, director of research at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, told C4ISRNET in an interview published Tuesday that artificial intelligence could help NGA analysts address the “nothing significant to report” issue in image triage. “We are looking to AI to filter that, to perform video triage for us and tell us where there’s something significant and meanwhile they can just cull out all of the NSTRs,” Daniell said.

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NARA Eyes Blockchain to Maintain ‘Real’ Information

The National Archives and Records Administration is looking at blockchain technology to change how it authenticates images and videos amid the rise of deepfake, Federal News Network reported Monday. The move follows the launch of machine learning algorithms designed to manipulate images and audio to make realistic videos of people talking about something or performing activities. 

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Air Force Students Pitch Ideas Under Think Tank Initiative

The U.S. Air Force launched an initiative to address the military service's concerns through the presentation of various concepts. Three groups of students from Air University's squadron officer school were tasked to pitch their ideas in updating the service branch's set of processes to senior officials as part of the Think Tank initiative, the Air Force said Monday.

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Marine Corps Looks to Buy MQ-9 Reapers to Take New Missions

The U.S. Marine Corps wants to make the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial systems permanent in its inventory through President Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget proposal, National Defense Magazine reported Friday. The service requested $117 million in funding to buy three Reapers in the coming year and additional three for fiscal year 2021.

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NOAA Releases Online Water Level Forecast Tech

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration unveiled an online tool to help users prepare and handle the effects of coastal flooding. The Coastal Inundation Dashboard is designed to deliver 48-hour water level forecasts, storm surge information and historic flooding data through the use of real-time information gathered from 200 coastal water level stations, NOAA said Friday.

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Notice of an Initial Enrollment Period for Our Electronic Consent Based Social Security Number Verification Service

The Social Security Administration will open the enrollment period for an electronic system developed to help permitted entities accept electronic consents. The Consent Based Social Security Number Verification tool works to validate if an SSN holder's information matches social security records, the agency said Friday.

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Stoney Trent: Incentives Key to Driving Industry Participation in DoD’s AI Efforts

Col. Stoney Trent, chief of operations at the Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, said that commercial entities are “poorly incentivized” to conduct AI development and testing during a recent C4ISRNET conference, C4ISRNET reported Sunday. Trent noted that the DoD needs to encourage private sector partners to develop better AI testing tools and methods that can be used in potential activities relevant to national security.

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Suzette Kent on Agencies’ Application Rationalization, Cloud Adoption Efforts

Federal Chief Information Officer Suzette Kent said government agencies are showing progress around cloud efforts for collaboration and email tools, Federal News Network reported Friday. Kent, a 2019 Wash100 winner, said on the network’s Ask the CIO that application rationalization is vital since it goes in concert with data center-related initiatives. 

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