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Navy Employs 3D Printing for Mobile Construction Activities

Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 has adopted use of additive manufacturing or 3D printing for service branch's 5th, 6th and 7th fleets. The battalion leverages tactical fabrication tools such as 3D scanners and printers as the group seeks to implement the manufacturing approach across naval sites in Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia, the U.S. Navy said Friday. The group is working to produce Class IX repair parts and Class IV materials via 3D printing to meet critical mission demands.

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SPAWAR Talks Industry Engagement, Tech Acquisition Efforts at WEST 2019

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command and 10 other U.S. Navy commands discussed military updates and industry engagement during the recent WEST 2019 event in San Diego, Calif., the Navy said Friday. The Navy fostered dialogue with the event's attendees through activities such as the theater speaking series, engagement zone and technology demonstrations.

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DARPA Launches Program to Develop Highly Adaptive AI Platforms

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced a new effort to develop adaptive artificial intelligence platforms to address real world scenarios. The agency said Thursday that its Science of Artificial Intelligence and Learning for Open-world Novelty or SAIL-ON program will explore the algorithms and engineering concepts required to build such a platform.

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VA Helping Veterans Secure Computer Technology Jobs; Robert Wilkie Quoted

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced a new effort to help former servicemen prepare for computer-focused careers, and seeks professionals who would serve as trainers. The Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses program is intended to help veterans enter workforces in the areas of information technology, information science, media application, data processing and other computer-related fields, VA said Wednesday.

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Trump Nominates Marine Corps Vet Michael Eric Wooten as OMB Federal Procurement Policy Lead

Michael Eric Wooten, Marine Corps veteran and senior adviser for acquisitions at the Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid office, was selected by President Trump to be the next administrator of federal procurement policy at the Office of Management and Budget. The White House announced Wooten’s nomination for the new role on Wednesday.  

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Report: US Govt Needs New Authority to Improve Online Consumer Privacy

The Government Accountability Office has called on Congress to create new legislation on internet privacy to better secure user data and give the government flexible authority to address evolving consumer concerns and digital threats. GAO issued a report on Wednesday that highlighted the lack of comprehensive internet privacy laws in the U.S.

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NOAA’s Latest Geostationary Satellite Enters Assigned Coverage Area

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s second modern geostationary weather satellite will be operating over the western U.S., Hawaii, Alaska and Pacific Ocean. The satellite, named GOES-17, is designed to help weather forecasters predict storms, wildfire and other environmental hazards via detailed information, NOAA said Tuesday.

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NASA, FAA Implementing Cloud-Based Drone Traffic Mgmt System

The Federal Aviation Administration and NASA are partnering with industry to create a cloud-based traffic management system that handles drones flying in the national airspace, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management platform organizes the flight of drones registered with the FAA and enables drone users to coordinate airspace use through a UAS Service Supplier.

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DOE Launching $66M Grant Program for Bioenergy Research

The Department of Energy plans to launch a three-year, $66M grant program for research on plants and microbes to find potential sources of bioenergy and bioproducts and to understand growth of potential bioenergy crops. The agency said Tuesday that it will provide $30M to support research projects focusing on gene function in plants to be grown for bioenergy and bioproducts.

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