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St. Louis-Based NGA Accelerator to Be Launched in March 2021

National Geospatial

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) announced on Monday that a new tech accelerator is being launched to help commercial startups develop new geospatial technologies in St. Louis, Missouri. Eight companies will be selected to participate during the NGA Accelerator’s inaugural 13-week program that is set to launch next year in late-March 2021. 

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Former Gov’t Cyber Officials Discuss Possible Outcomes If Adversaries Get Into DoD Networks; Jan Tighe Quoted

Ransomware

Although the Department of Defense (DoD) reported that there has been no sign of breach to date linked to a cyber vulnerability involving SolarWinds’ Orion Network Management products, former cybersecurity officials at the government discussed several scenarios that could occur as a result of hackers making their way into DoD’s computer networks. 

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Will Roper: Next-Gen Aircraft to Utilize AI for Pilot Support

Dr. Will Roper

Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics and three-time Wash100 Award winner, said the service branch's future sixth-generation aircraft will feature an artificial intelligence co-pilot. The Next-Generation Air Dominance program will apply AI as a support platform for human pilots aboard the future aircraft.

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USSF Chief Gen. John Raymond Joins Joint Chief of Staff

Gen. John Raymond

Gen. John Raymond, chief of space operations and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, has been inducted into the Department of Defense's (DoD) Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). Raymond, as mandated by law, joins the chief of naval operations, the U.S. Marine Corps commandant and the U.S. Army's and U.S. Air Force's corresponding chiefs of staff in the joint organization.

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Air Force Advances Human-Machine Teaming With AI Algorithm Aboard U-2 Aircraft; Will Roper Quoted

Will Roper

A U.S. Air Force pilot flew with an artificial intelligence aboard the Lockheed Martin-built U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft during a test flight held Tuesday, the service reported Wednesday. The AI algorithm, called ARTUu, was in charge of tactical navigation and sensor employment during a simulated missile strike as part of a reconnaissance mission.

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BAE Systems Names Jeremy Tondreault as President of Platform & Services Sector; Tom Arseneault Quoted

Jeremy Tondreault

BAE Systems has promoted Jeremy Tondreault as president of the Platform & Services sector, effective Jan 4, 2021. Tondreault will join BAE Systems’ senior leadership team, which is led by Tom Arseneault president and CEO, and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient. Tondreault will succeed Guy Montminy, who will remain as a legacy fellow with the company until his planned retirement later in 2021.

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Gen. John Raymond: Space Force to Launch Space Systems Command in Spring 2021

Gen. John Raymond

Gen. John Raymond, chief of space operations and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, has said the U.S. Space Force plans to establish its proposed Space Systems Command (SSC) in early 2021. Raymond said that the service branch concluded its final planning procedures for SSC and is slated to brief U.S. Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett in the coming weeks. 

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PAE Secures Task Order to Provide COVID-19 Testing Services; John Heller Quoted

John Heller

PAE has been awarded a task order to provide COVID-19 testing services for winter and spring sports for all 14 universities of the Southeastern Conference. "PAE is providing its expeditionary skillset to entities across the country for COVID-19 response efforts,” said John Heller, president and CEO of PAE and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient.

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Maria Roat: Federal Agencies’ Digital Modernization Investments Helped Address Pressing Workforce Needs

Maria Roat

Maria Roat, deputy federal chief information office and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, has said the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in federal agencies executing the transition away from siloed operations to support remote work needs. The council has also launched efforts such as training programs to help the federal government bring in more data scientists. 

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DISA Eyes 2021 Release for Zero-Trust Implementation Blueprint; Neal Ziring Quoted

Cybersecurity

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is looking to release a blueprint for zero-trust implementation by sometime next year as the Pentagon works to transition to a new cybersecurity framework. Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, director of DISA and former Wash100 Award recipient, first announced the agency's plans to release the zero-trust guide in early Dec. 2020. 

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