Tag Archives: emerging technology

Senate Passes $250B US Competitiveness Bill to Advance Research, Tech Development

Innovation and

The Senate voted 68-32 to pass the Innovation and Competition Act, a bipartisan bill to authorize nearly $250 billion for scientific research, technology development and manufacturing efforts meant to increase U.S.' global competitive position. The bill would allocate a five-year. $29 billion budget to establish a technology and innovation directorate within the National Science Foundation (NSF). 

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SBA, Millennium Challenge Corp. Partner to Drive Small Business Innovation for Global Applications

Small Business Innovation

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has teamed up with U.S. foreign aid agency Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in a push to help smaller companies bring emerging technology to international markets for potential use in multiple sectors. The two agencies signed a memorandum of understanding to explore innovations that align with country-specific technological needs in renewable energy, agriculture and irrigation, health, water and sanitation. 

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Tim Persons: GAO Plans to Build Up Cloud Capabilities Through Innovation Lab

Tim Persons

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) worked with the General Services Administration (GSA) in March 2020 to come up with a cloud infrastructure for its Innovation Lab through GSA’s Centers of Excellence initiative and Tim Persons, chief scientist at GAO, said the congressional watchdog intends to ramp up its cloud capabilities through the lab to help increase its return on investment.

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GAO Recommends Quantitative, Mission-Critical Skill Gap Assessment in FAA Workforce

Federal Aviation

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has called on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to implement a quantitative approach to assess skill gaps among FAA employees who perform mission-critical work to help them prepare for emerging aviation technology trends. GAO said Thursday its recommendation to the FAA's human resource management office follows a review of workforce planning methods at the U.S. regulatory agency for civil aviation activities.

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Lloyd Austin: DOD Needs Boosted Focus on Modern Digital Tech

Lloyd Austin

Lloyd Austin, secretary of defense and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said the U.S. military needs to place emphasis on emerging technologies and strategies that make use of these assets. Gen. Austin, who placed third in this year's Wash100 Vote Standings, said at the Indo-Pacific Command's change of command ceremony that the modern era requires faster decision making.

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Upcoming DARPA Program to Provide Contractors Access to Other Commercial Tech; Serge Leef Quoted

Defense Advanced Research

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will launch an industrial partnership that grants DARPA contractors access to technology made by other companies. DARPA will use its Toolbox Initiative to procure products from computing technology providers in support of contracted companies tasked to develop new systems. DARPA plans to host industry days and launch an internal marketing campaign for Toolbox this fall.

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AI National Security Commission Calls for DOD to Develop Career Pathways to Retain AI Talent; Eric Schmidt Quoted

AI User Trust

Leaders and commissioners of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI), said the Department of Defense (DOD) and federal civilian agencies should come up with career pathways to help recruit and retain AI talent in government service. Robert Work said adding a computational thinking section to the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery could help the military identify potential AI talent.

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Steve Butow: U.S. Military Eyes New Space Architecture to Facilitate Emerging Tech Integration

Steve Butow

Steve Butow, director of the space portfolio at the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), said the U.S. military is now looking to migrate to a new space architecture that could allow the government to incorporate emerging technologies and use commoditized satellite buses and related components to build modular systems, SpaceNews reported Wednesday.

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AT&T Provides 5G Capabilities for VA Puget Sound Health Care System; Chris Smith Quoted

Chris Smith

AT&T has delivered 5G and multi-access edge computing (MEC) technologies across the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Puget Sound Health Care System, under its partnership with the department. AT&T’s MEC has delivered a computer and cellular network architecture to provide real-time, high-bandwidth, low-latency access to latency dependent mobile applications.

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Oki Mek Promoted to HHS Chief AI Officer

Artificial Intelligence

Oki Mek, a senior adviser to the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) chief information officer, has been elevated to the position of chief artificial intelligence officer. In his more recent capacity, Mek helped the HHS CIO office drive digital transformation and collaborative innovation efforts aimed to improve the health and well-being of people in the U.S.

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