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Mark Esper Directs Creation of PFAS Chemical Contamination Task Force

Defense Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Mark Esper is calling on the Department of Defense to create a task force to address the issue of contamination from firefighting foam at over 400 military facilities, Military.com reported Wednesday. Esper stated in a memo that the task force will be led by the assistant secretary of defense for sustainment.

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David Norquist Discusses Analytics, AI at Senate Confirmation Hearing

David Norquist, the White House’s nominee for deputy defense secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said he wants the Department of Defense to advance its use of artificial intelligence, data analytics and other emerging technologies to implement the 2018 National Defense Strategy, Defense News reported Wednesday. Norquist, who serves as DoD comptroller, told the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing Wednesday about the potential benefits of AI. 

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Michael Griffin Talks Space Development Agency’s Acquisition Strategy at Industry Day

Michael Griffin, undersecretary for research and engineering at the Department of Defense and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said the Space Development Agency’s acquisition strategy seeks to accelerate the development of capabilities that are cost effective and responsive to any threat, the DoD website reported Tuesday.

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Mark Warner: NBIB’s Pilot Efforts Key to Security Clearance Backlog Decrease

Mark Warner, D-Va., said that the National Background Investigations Bureau has seen improvement in the handling of security clearances as the agency experiences a 40 percent decrease in backlog, Federal News Network reported Friday.  Warner, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, told the publication that the recent development may eventually lead to a “steady state” of 250,000 manageable case files.

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Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley: DIA Looks to Build AI-Based Intell Data Storage

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said that DIA wants to invest in a system to employ artificial intelligence and analytics to replace a 1996-era intelligence database during the Aspen Security Forum.

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DoD Seeks Nonprofit to Handle Contractor Cybersecurity Certifications

The Department of Defense is looking for a nonprofit organization to conduct audits and train contractors to comply with soon-to-be established Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification standards, Fedscoop reported Wednesday. The CMMC guidelines will have five levels intended to assess cybersecurity measures implemented by businesses seeking opportunities with DoD.

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