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GSA Seeking for Federal Employees to Develop Tech Ideas via 10x Program

The General Services Administration’s Technology Transformation Service office launched a four-phase program to solicit, fund and test ideas from federal employees seeking to improve government services through the use of technology, Nextgov reported Monday. The 10x program “is designed to find, fund, grow and sustain new technology products and services,” Nico Papafil, acting lead director of the initiative, told Nextgov.

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AFRL Adopts New Technology to Boost Gallium Oxide R&D

The Air Force Research Laboratory is implementing a new feature to support the development of semiconductor materials for lighter and smaller electronics. The emerging Oxide Molecular Beam Epitaxy laboratory will house a new MBE chamber to create gallium oxide semiconductors for use in aircraft electronics, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Friday.

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Report: DoD’s F-15 Procurement Decision Seeks to Gain Diversity in Fighter Aircraft Industrial Base

A senior defense official said the Department of Defense’s decision to procure a new variant of Boeing-built F-15 fighter aircraft hopes to demonstrate DoD’s desire to keep two U.S.-based jet manufacturers in business in the next 10 years, Defense One reported Friday. “One of the considerations was the diversity of the industrial base,” the senior official said.

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DoD Accelerating Mobile App Approval Process

The Department of Defense’s Mobility Unclassified Capability unit approved a mobile application to streamline maintenance operations for the U.S. Air Force, FedTech reported Thursday. Al Smith, program manager for DMUC, said the mobility service is quickening the process of approving mobile apps for government use.

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Michael Duffy on Agencies’ Compliance With DHS Directive on DNS Tampering Campaign

Michael Duffy of the Department of Homeland Security said there are only “a handful” of agencies that still need to comply with the requirements of an emergency directive that DHS released in January to address Domain Name System tampering activities, FCW reported Friday. Duffy, acting deputy director of DHS’ federal network resilience division, said during a Thursday meeting of the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board that those agencies deal with "external dependencies" on DNS providers that make the process challenging to adopt multifactor authentication.

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Report: Air Force Eyes March 29 Release of Final Launch Service Procurement Solicitation

An Air Force official said service leaders and Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment and a 2019 Wash100 Award winner, are scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss the details of the final request for proposals for the Launch Service Procurement program, SpaceNews reported Saturday. The report said the service issued draft RFPs in December and February with plans to release the final solicitation on Friday, March 29, for the LSP program.

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Defense to Name Assistant Director of Artificial Intelligence

The Department of Defense will appoint an assistant director to facilitate the application of artificial intelligence capabilities to directed energy systems, C4ISRNET reported Wednesday. Michael Griffin, the department undersecretary of research and engineering, created the assistant director for AI in 2017 along with other positions that are focused on specific technology areas including hypersonics and directed energy.
 

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