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NOAA’s Chi Kang on SD-WAN, Network Segmentation Benefits

NOAA

Chi Kang, deputy director for operations at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) cybersecurity division, has said that segmentation and software-defined, wide-area networking (SD-WAN) can support the implementation of zero-trust concepts. Kang said that SD-WAN has the capacity to ensure visibility and control across disparate networks and multiple endpoints.

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USAF Concludes Holloman Air Force Base Test Track Modernization Project

Holloman AFB

The Test Resource Management Center modernized a high-speed test track at Holloman Air Force Base as part of efforts to enhance the track's efficiency. TRMC built an on-site laboratory to explore how the test track's artificial rain compares to various types of natural rainfall, the U.S. Air Force said Tuesday.'

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NSA Issues Guidance on Multifactor Authentication

NSA

The National Security Agency (NSA) has published a review of mechanisms to consider when applying multifactor authentication (MFA). The guidance, titled “Cybersecurity Information Sheet Selecting and Safely Using Multifactor Authentication Solutions,” tackles practices to identify and securely implement MFA applications. MFA is the use of additional mediums, such as confirmation texts and one-time-passwords, to secure login credentials.

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DoD Uses Commercial Tech for Early Coronavirus Detection

DoD

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) partnered with the Defense Innovation Unit to use a commercial, wearable infection warning device for COVID-19 spread reduction, DoD News reported Tuesday. The device, named Rapid Analysis of Threat Exposure, is designed to alert about the virus' presence in the wearer before he or she exhibits symptoms.

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DOE Eyes $122M Funding Opportunity for Carbon Ore R&D Efforts

Dept. of Energy

The Department of Energy (DOE) intends to award $122 million in funds to support research and development activities on rare earth elements and critical minerals. DOE said that it seeks to assess the potential of natural resources across basins in the U.S. to drive regional economic growth for the department. 

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Gen. Charles Brown on Air Force Acquisition Reforms, Reducing Barriers for Small Businesses

Gen. Charles Brown

Gen. Charles Brown, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, has said he intends to work with small businesses and develop program incentives to help “break down barriers” in government contracting (GovCon). Brown noted that he considers expanding the use of Air Force procurement authorities to speed up the delivery of technologies by up to two years. 

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House Clears Stopgap Bill to Extend Federal Funding Through December

House Stopgap Bill

The House has voted 359-57 to pass a continuing resolution in a push to prevent a government shutdown at the start of the next fiscal year in October. The stopgap bill extends federal agencies’ funding through Dec. 11th and covers provisions related to continuing COVID-19 response programs including food-stamp initiatives and childcare efforts. 

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HawkEye 360 to Deliver On-Orbit Satellite Constellation Under AFWERX Space Challenge; Rob Rainhart, Brennan Townley Quoted

Rob Rainhart

AFWERX has selected HawkEye 360 as one of the top participating teams in The AFWERX Space Challenge initiative that includes four challenges to develop integrated space operations, leveraging innovative technology and maintaining security. Additionally, HawkEye 360 has exhibited resiliency and agility across Persistent ISR, Department of Defense (DoD) Commercial Space Partnerships, Global Space Transport and Delivery and Space Asset Resiliency.

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USAF Selects BlackBerry Spark to Support UEM and UES; John Chen Quoted

John Chen

BlackBerry Limited has been selected by the U.S. Air Force to integrate BlackBerry Spark that will support secure productivity. The Air Force will have access to the company’s Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) and Unified Endpoint Security (UES), under the recent agreement. BlackBerry Spark will enable the federal government and enterprises to modernize digital infrastructure.

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SOSi Named to 2021 Military Friendly Employer; Julian Setian Quoted

Julian Setian

SOS International (SOSi) has announced that the company has earned a spot on the 2021 Military Friendly Employer, marking the second consecutive year SOSi has been designated for this honor. SOSi earned a place on the list based on the company’s ability to meet thresholds for applicant, new hire retention, employee turnover, and promotion and advancement of veterans and military employees.

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