Technology

FTC Recommends Best Practices to Protect Against Discriminatory AI; Elisa Jillson Quoted

Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has cited laws and best practices that artificial intelligence developers and users should consider to promote fairness, truth and equity in the use of AI. FTC enforces the Fair Credit Reporting Act, section 5 of the FTC Act and Equal Credit Opportunity Act to help protect against the use of biased algorithms.

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Space Force Holds Space Engagement Talks With Israeli Air Force

U.S. Space Force

Officials from U.S. Space Force and Air Force held discussions with the Israeli air force on space-related efforts that can present future opportunities for the U.S. and Israel to coordinate and work together to ensure the peaceful use of the space domain. The Space Force said Monday it hosted the virtual Space Engagement Talks on April 19th and 20th.

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Report: MDA’s Next Generation Interceptor Program to Cost Almost $18B

Next Generation

The Department of Defense (DOD) plans to spend approximately $18 billion on the Next Generation Interceptor program that seeks to counter intercontinental ballistic missile threats. MDA expects the critical design review phase to occur by 2026. Lockheed and Northrop will compete to produce about 31 interceptors, including 10 units for testing.

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Japanese Forces Visit Air Control Squadron for Cyber Defense Input; Capt. Ali Syed Quoted

Cyber Defense System

The 552nd Air Control Networks Squadron welcomed visitors from the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) and Japan's national security force to inform them about cyber defense systems. From April 4th to 10th, operators from the squadron walked the visitors through the functions of Cyberspace Vulnerability Assessment/Hunter, a deployable cyber defense system.

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Gen. David Thompson: Military Needs Civilian Agency to Oversee Commercial Space Traffic

Gen. David Thompson

Gen. David Thompson, the U.S. Space Force's vice chief of space operations, said the military would like to task an agency to manage traffic caused by commercial space systems. Thompson told Space News that the Department of Defense (DOD) does not mainly perform regulatory functions, despite the fact that Vandenberg Air Force Base tracks space objects and caution on orbital collisions.

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Alion Awarded $292M DOD Contract for ISR and FP Development; Alan Dietrich Quoted

Alan Dietrich

Alion Science and Technology announced on Tuesday that it has been awarded a five-year, $292 million contract for the Advancement of Integrated Persistent Expeditionary Surveillance (AIPES) and Force Protection Systems (FPS) for the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Force Protection Division (HBU) and Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division (NSWC Crane). 

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Raytheon BBN Technologies Publishes Major Development to Detect Single Photon of Light; Brad Tousley, Kin Chung Fong Quoted

Quantum Computing

Raytheon announced on Tuesday that Raytheon BBN Technologies, a subsidiary of Raytheon Intelligence & Space, have published their research regarding, via the academic journal Science, a component called a “Josephson junction,” which is a new method to detect a single photon, or a particle of light. Raytheon BBN has been providing advanced technology research and development for more than 70 years. 

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Guidehouse, ReefPoint Group Announce Taurian Consulting LLC; Guidehouse CEO Scott McIntyre Quoted

Scott McIntyre

Guidehouse and ReefPoint Group announced on Tuesday that their joint venture has, Taurian Consulting LLC, has been launched as a a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) company in accordance with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) “All-Small” Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP). Taurian Consulting will work to deliver scalable, easy to implement innovative solutions that address a client’s key challenges and harness the more than two decades of experience. 

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Eutelsat Enters LEO Space through Investment in OneWeb

Eutelsat

Eutelsat Communications (Paris:ETL) has entered into an agreement with OneWeb for the subscription of a c.24% equity stake, becoming a leading shareholder of the company alongside the UK Government and Bharti Global. Also, Eutelsat will invest $550 million in OneWeb, with closing expected in H2 2021 subject to regulatory authorisations.

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Octo and Sevatec Complete Branding Integration; Mehul Sanghani Quoted

Mehul Sanghani

Octo Consulting announced on Tuesday that it has completed its branding integration with Sevatec. The two companies combined in Dec. 2020, to the benefit of both. The merger reinforced crucial customer relationships and increased each company’s capabilities. The companies will immediately begin to operate under the Octo banner. Octo’s transaction with Sevatec illustrates Octo’s remarkable growth. 

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