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NOAA Launching COSMIC-2 Satellites for Space Weather Forecast Mission

Six COSMIC-2 satellites will deploy aboard a SpaceX-built Falcon Heavy spacecraft on June 24 as part of a U.S. Air Force mission that aims to optimize space weather monitoring and forecast functions. The satellites will gather weather, atmospheric and electron density data in the ionosphere to help the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast climate and weather conditions as part of the Space Test Program-2 mission, the agency said Tuesday.

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NASA to Support Space Resource Mining Projects

NASA seeks to mine resources on the moon and Mars in support of the space agency's wider exploration goals. The agency said Wednesday that it will deploy two robotic projects to support resource mining studies under Phase III of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program. Teams from Carnegie Mellon University and TransAstra will each receive $2 million for respective two-year projects.

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FBI Calls for Public to Report Online Phishing Activities

The FBI has alerted the citizens on online users that the use of internet phishing to secure sensitive information. FBI noted that criminals are attempting to utilize public trust on secured hyperlinks through the imitation of company websites and actual contacts on email messages, the Internet Crime Complaint Center said Monday.

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DHS Gathers Responders to Test New Techs in Texas

The Department of Homeland Security held a large-scale experiment in Texas to see how emergency responders can utilize new government-developed and commercial technologies integrated into existing public safety systems. The Next Generation First Responder Program– Harris County Operational Experiment at the Port of Houston gathered Houston-based public safety agencies, industry partners, DHS components and the U.S. Coast Guard, DHS said Tuesday.

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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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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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