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Jim Garrettson, CEO of Executive Mosaic, Presents Mark Testoni, President and Chief Executive of SAP NS2, His Fourth Wash100 Award

Jim Garrettson, founder and CEO of Executive Mosaic, presented Mark Testoni, president and chief executive of SAP National Security Services, with his fourth Wash100 Award on Thursday. Executive Mosaic recognizes Testoni for his role in forming a partnership with Amazon Web Services and his efforts to revolutionize the cloud and data industries.

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F-35 JPO Seeks 23 Percent Drop in Flight-Hour Costs by 2024

The F-35 Joint Program Office hopes to see a 23 percent decrease in flight-hour costs for the F-35A aircraft variant from $44,000 to $34,000 by 2024, Air Force Magazine reported Thursday. Vice Adm. Mat Winter, head of the F-35 JPO, testified before members of the House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee that the office seeks to achieve a 26 percent drop from $34,000 to $25,000 for the U.S. Air Force variant after five years.

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Air Force to Create Carnegie Mellon University S&T Team

The U.S. Air Force will establish a 10-man science and technology team to accommodate robotics and related technologies from Carnegie Mellon University's Center of Excellence. The planned team will work with CMU's faculty and utilize the university's research and education components to meet its objectives, the Air Force said Wednesday.

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Mike Leahy to Lead DARPA’s Tactical Tech Office

Mike Leahy, a former executive at Northrop Grumman, will serve as head of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s tactical technology office, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. DARPA Director and a 2019 Wash100 winner Steven Walker told the publication on Wednesday that Leahy will join the agency in late May to succeed Fred Kennedy, who was recently named head of the Department of Defense’s space development agency.

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U.S. Air Force F-35As Conducts First Combat Employment

The U.S. Air Force conducted the first combat employment of the F-35A Lightning II aircraft as part of the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq. The service said Tuesday that two of the fighter jets from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, performed an airstrike targeting a tunnel network and weapons cache controlled by the Islamic State group in the Hamrin Mountains. For the mission, the Air Force equipped the F-35As with a Joint Direct Attack Munition to support the airstrike.

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Air Force Developing Platform for AI Software Tools

The U.S. Air Force is developing a platform that enables government and private sector information technology teams to access software tools certified for and compatible with Department of Defense networks, FCW reported Monday. The Air Force Cognitive Engine is intended to be a “software ecosystem” of algorithms, data, personnel and computational resources necessary for developing artificial intelligence technology, according to Maj. Michael Seal, director of the Air Force's autonomy capability team 3.

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US-China Security Review Commission Seeks Action on Chinese Space Dev’t

Experts from the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission urge lawmakers to take action as China continues to advance its space-related activities, Space News reported Thursday. Members of the commission, which was established in 2000 to analyze the national security impacts of U.S. trade relations with China, testified before Congress on the actions the government must take to address China’s space achievements and growing anti-satellite arsenal.

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USAF Secretary Heather Wilson Speaks to British Executives on Space Strategy

Heather Wilson, secretary of the U.S. Air Force and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, spoke about the service branch's space strategy during a recent event in London. She spoke in front of 200 stakeholders from government, commercial and academic communities at U.K.-based think tank Policy Exchange, USAF said Tuesday. “We all prefer that space remains peaceful, because if war extends into space everyone loses,” she stated.

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