Technology

Space Force Accelerating Efforts to Develop Into a Fully Digital Service; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Gen. John Raymond

The U.S. Space Force (USSF) released its most recent vision document on Thursday, presenting the service’s desire to be the world’s first fully digital service. USSF believes it needs to be fully digital because technological solutions are necessary to accelerate its ability to develop, field and operate space capabilities quickly to protect U.S. space supremacy. 

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NASA Done With Critical Design Review of OSAM-1 Spacecraft

OSAM-1

NASA has concluded the critical design review of a spacecraft designed to demonstrate on-orbit refueling, manufacturing and assembly. The On-orbit Servicing, Assembly and Manufacturing (OSAM-1) mission completed its CDR in April with the help of Maxar Technologies. NASA and Maxar may now fabricate, assemble, integrate and test OSAM-1, following the CDR's completion.

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Bob Kolasky: CISA Gains Insight Into 2020’s SolarWinds Cyber Attack

Bob Kolasky

Bob Kolasky, assistant director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's (CISA) National Risk Management Center (NRMC), said his team has studied the software risks associated with last year's SolarWinds hack. SolarWinds was a Russian malware attack that affected Orion software in multiple federal agencies. Kolasky said NRMC assessed SolarWinds-related software risks over a span of four months.

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Gen. Lloyd Austin: DOD Needs Boosted Focus on Modern Digital Tech

Gen. Lloyd Austin

Lloyd Austin, secretary of defense and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said the U.S. military needs to place emphasis on emerging technologies and strategies that make use of these assets. Gen. Austin, who placed third in this year's Wash100 Vote Standings, said at the Indo-Pacific Command's change of command ceremony that the modern era requires faster decision making.

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QTS Announces Second Quarter Common Stock Dividend of $0.50 Per Share and Declares Preferred Stock Dividends

QTS

QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS), a leading provider of software-defined and mega scale data center solutions, announced today that its Board of Directors has authorized quarterly cash dividends for common and preferred stock for the second quarter of 2021.

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DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Encourages Small Businesses to Increase Ransomware Defense

Alejandro Mayorkas

Small and medium-sized businesses are urged by Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a 2021 Wash100 Award, to strengthen defense against cyber attacks as ransomware threats continue to escalate and the "backbone" of U.S. economy serves as the target of cyber actors. DHS aims to onboard 200 cyber personnel by July 1st. 

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Senators Ask Biden to Help Advance Plan for Consolidated FBI Headquarters

Consolidated FBI HQ

Four Senate lawmakers asked President Biden to direct the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to come up with a finalized plan for the construction of a consolidated FBI headquarters building. The letter was signed by Sens. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md.; Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Mark Warner, D-Va., and Tim Kaine, D-Va.

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FAA Updates Navigation Charts Amid Rising Commercial Space Launch Activity

Federal Aviation

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has added areas of space launch activity to the agency's pilot navigation charts as commercial space operations continue to increase. FAA said Wednesday it expects the number of authorized launch and reentry missions to increase from 41 last year to 50 or above during 2021.

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Lisa Sanders: USSOCOM Eyes Potential Use Cases for AI at the Edge

Lisa Sanders

Lisa Sanders, director of Science and Technology for special operations forces, acquisition, technology and logistics at U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), said contested environments where data and computing power are unavailable are pushing the military to reinvent artificial intelligence and come up with new insights into how people use AI. 

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CRS Issues Report on 5G Tech’s National Security Implications

Congressional Research

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has released a report outlining some of the national security implications of 5G-enabled mobile technologies. CRS said in the April 23rd report that Congress may consider policies for national security, spectrum management, and military operations as 5G platforms are developed and fielded. 

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