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President Trump OKs Bill Against Bot Calls; John Thune Quoted

President Donald Trump has placed his signature on a bill that aims to address bot-based scam calls via various implementations across industry and government, Nextgov reported Tuesday. The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence, now signed into law, would direct phone service providers to offer free call-blocking services to customers.

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Cyberspace Solarium Commission May Complete Defense Report by March

A legislative commission has drafted a strategic report on the federal government's cyber defense, and is nearing the document's finalization, The Hill reported Wednesday. Lawmakers and industry executives make up the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, which according to officials, could finalize the strategy by March.

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Perspecta Labs Conducts 4G LTE Research for DoD CeRTN Program; Petros Mouchtaris Quoted

Perspecta Labs has successfully utilized its long-distance, high-bandwidth data streaming between a test aircraft and a fourth generation (4G) long-term evolution (LTE) as part of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Cellular Range Telemetry Network (CeRTN) Program on Thursday.

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GSA to Advance Ban on Vendors With Ties to Chinese Tech Firms Via Consolidated Schedule Refresh

The General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service will include in the initial refresh of its consolidated Multiple Awards Schedule a contracting ban on companies with ties to Chinese technology firms ZTE and Huawei through the supply chain, FedScoop reported Tuesday.

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NIST Issues Commerce Dept’s 2018 Tech Transfer Report; Walter Copan Quoted

A Department of Commerce report has found an increase in technology transfer efforts at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Institute for Telecommunication Sciences over the past five years.

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Russia Fields Hypersonic Weapon ‘Avangard’

Russia’s defense ministry said the country has fielded its first hypersonic nuclear-capable missiles, Reuters reported Saturday. Sergei Shoigu, Russia’s defense minister, informed President Vladimir Putin of the deployment of the Avangard system, which has a hypersonic glide vehicle sitting on top of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

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Air Force Taps Carnegie Mellon to Create Materials Science Research Center

Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and Carnegie Mellon University have partnered to launch a center of excellence that focuses on materials sciences. CMU will host the center under a multi-million-dollar agreement with the U.S. Air Force in support of academic research and development, Wright-Patterson AF Base said Monday.

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