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Pentagon Eyeing Future Satellites Capable of Dodging Attacks in Space

The Pentagon wants to give future satellite constellations the self defense capabilities to avoid missiles or other satellite-based weapons during an attack in space, Defense One reported Friday. U.S. Air Force officials announced the plan during a recent event on Capitol Hill, saying the Department of Defense has begun introducing changes to satellite systems.

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NIH Seeking New Chief Data Science Strategist to Manage Growing Data

The National Institutes of Health is seeking a chief data science strategist to manage vast data and digital efforts for the agency, Federal News Network reported Friday. Andrea Norris, chief information officer at NIH, announced the effort at the recent AFCEA Bethesda Health IT day in Bethesda, Md. 

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DoD, Manufacturing Institute Sign Follow-On Partnership Agreement

The Department of Defense and a UI Labs-led consortium are entering into a possible $60M follow-on agreement to develop and integrate digital tools into manufacturing processes. DoD said Friday that it will provide $10M to the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute and may award an additional $20M over the next five years through a contract option.

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James Geurts: AI has Potential for Accelerating Navy’s Training Efforts

James Geurts, assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy for research, development and acquisition, said during his WEST 2019 speech that artificial intelligence must be leveraged for training operations, USNI reported Thursday. “I think an area we don’t talk enough about where I think there’s also very interesting opportunities is in training, and how do we speed up our training cycles,” he noted.

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DISA Launches Efforts to Address Latency, Multitenancy Issues Linked to Joint Regional Security Stacks

The Defense Information Systems Agency has started addressing the five concerns raised by mission partners with regard to the implementation of Joint Regional Security Stacks. DISA said Wednesday that those five challenges are performance reliability, latency, multi-tenancy, synchronization with base infrastructure and cost. 

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Courtney Winship: USCIS Initiates Measures to Implement Digital Government Law

Courtney Winship, head of digital services division at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, mentioned during a GovLoop webinar that the USCIS is taking measures to implement a new law to improve the accessibility and security of government websites, Federal News Network reported Thursday. Winship said USCIS plans to adopt a mobile-first approach to comply with the 21st-Century Integrated Digital Experience Act and has merged some of the departments that deal with public-facing digital platforms in the past six to eight months.

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NASA Testing Drone Traffic Management Tool in Las Vegas, Texas

NASA expects to perform a series of small unmanned aircraft system demonstrations in Texas and Las Vegas to validate a traffic management tool's operational capacity. The agency said Tuesday it will deploy unmanned aircraft units within Corpus Christi, Texas and Reno, Nevada to showcase the UAS Traffic Management platform's drone traffic management functions in urban areas.

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Kelvin Droegemeier: Research Initiatives Needed to Drive Progress in AI

Kelvin Droegemeier, the Trump administration’s new science adviser, said during the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting that fostering artificial intelligence research will drive progress in the field, Geek Wire reported Friday. Droegemeier, newly appointed director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, added that AI research must assess future demands and capabilities that can “supercharge progress” in the field.

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