Technology

Mark Esper’s Memo Outlines DoD Priorities in Support of National Defense Strategy

Mark Esper, secretary of the Department of Defense and a 2020 Wash100 award winner, said in a memo that the Pentagon’s $740B budget request for fiscal year 2021 would advance weapons modernization, support service members and strengthen alliances in support of the “irreversible implementation of the National Defense Strategy,” Military Times reported Tuesday.

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Thomas Modly: Navy to Focus on Hypersonic Projects This Year

Thomas Modly, acting secretary of the U.S. Navy, told his service branch to focus on hypersonic weapons this year, USNI News reported Friday. The secretary issued a memo, titled SECNAV Vectors 9, that emphasizes the need to be at the lead of hypersonic weapon development due to the technology's increasing significance in the battlefield.

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OMB Allows Agencies to Decide on Chief Data Officer Need; Suzette Kent Quoted

The Office of Management and Budget has allowed agencies to decide whether they need to appoint a chief data officer due to varying data workloads, Federal Times reported Monday. Suzette Kent, the federal chief information officer, said agencies have varying amounts of work; hence, OMB's decision to allow agencies the freedom of whether to employ a CDO.

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NSF Sets Partnership to Support STEM Research Data

The National Science Foundation has commissioned a partnership between two different organizations for the development of a new education-focused research data hub. The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research and the American Educational Research Association will jointly work to foster education, collaboration and community across science, technology, engineering and mathematics data sources, NSF said Friday.

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