Tag Archives: emerging technology

Frank Kendall: Defense Logistics Enterprise Should Adapt, Apply Emerging Tech in Response to Challenges

Frank Kendall, secretary of the Air Force and a three-time Wash100 Award winner, said he believes the U.S. defense and military logistics enterprise should adapt to meet the challenges posed by strategic competitors and recognize the need for a multidomain and multipronged approach that involves all service branches, partners and …

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White House Cites Climate Change, Emerging Tech as R&D Priorities for FY23 Budget

White House

The White House has issued a memorandum outlining the administration’s research and development priorities that federal agencies should include in their budget proposals for fiscal year 2023. The multiagency R&D priorities listed in the memo are pandemic readiness and prevention; tackling climate change; research and innovation in emerging and critical technologies; innovation for equity; and national security and economic resilience.

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Brandi Vann: DOD Changes Approach to CBRN Defense

Brandi Vann

Brandi Vann, deputy assistant secretary for chemical and biological defense programs at the Department of Defense, said DOD is reassessing chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense (CBRN) amid emerging threats. Vann noted that there are new opportunities to leverage artificial intelligence, quantum computing and other emerging technologies for CBRN defense.

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Jerry Ma: Centralized Approach Key for USPTO Emerging Tech Initiatives

Jerry Ma

Jerry Ma, director of emerging technology at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), said he is looking to streamline the deployment and procurement processes for advanced technology within the agency. Ma noted how USPTO employees are excelling in emerging technologies efforts of the institution but they are decentralized and act as an ad hoc to some extent.

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

Capitol Hill

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

Gen. 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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