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DHS Informs COVID-19 Response via Lessons Learned From Past Outbreaks; Lloyd Hough Quoted

Department of Homeland

Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate is using research experiences from previous disease outbreaks to inform COVID-19 response. S&T tackles COVID-19 with lessons learned from the Ebola virus, anthrax bacteria and other issues that have caused disease outbreaks. HAC-TC also supports DHS laboratories including the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center. 

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Navy’s Project Overmatch Program Office Takes Charge of Multiple Networks, Information Systems

U.S. Navy

A newly established office at the U.S. Navy has received authority over network and information systems previously owned by other naval organizations, in support of a large-scale connectivity plan. The direct report program manager for Project Overmatch now has authority over all the Navy's communications-related research, development, procurement and sustainment efforts.

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DOE Allots $115M for New Wave of Small Business-Led Clean Energy Research; Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Jennifer Granholm

The Department of Energy (DOE) will award $115 million to small businesses for research and development projects on clean energy. Interested parties may apply for these awards under DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The funds will support research on a range of clean energy topics, including renewable energy, grid modernization and carbon removal. 

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Navy Inspection Board Reports Degradation in Surface Ships

U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy found through inspections that its fleet of surface ships is experiencing degradation across multiple aspects. The Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) discovered that ships are degrading in areas including electrical, damage-control, anti-submarine warfare and propulsion systems. INSURV also found that the Navy's submarines exhibited more signs of degradation in 2020 compared to the past five years. 

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Acting CBP CIO Sonny Bhagowalia Appointed to Full-Time Role

Sonny Bhagowalia

Sonny Bhagowalia, who recently served as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) acting chief information officer, has been appointed to take up the role on a full-time basis. Bhagowalia held the CIO role at the Interior and Treasury departments, Hawaii's state government and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, making his new CBP job his fifth time as a government CIO.

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MDA Reports New Missile Defense Radar on Track for Initial Operational Capability

Missile Defense Agency

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has announced that a missile detection radar under development is progressing on schedule towards initial operational capability expected this fiscal year. The U.S. Air Force's Lockheed Martin-made Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) is now in the process of installation at Alaska-based Clear Air Force Station, despite pandemic-caused delays experienced last year.

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DHS S&T Partners With Law Enforcement Community to Study Police-Citizen Interactions


The Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS S&T) has partnered with Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) and Dallas Police Department to study how interactions between officers and citizens affect conflict management. Jim Grove, FLETC portfolio manager at S&T, said they hope to convert manual coding into an algorithm for automation.

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FAA to Test UAS Security Systems at Five U.S. Airports

Federal Aviation

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has named five host airports that will test new security systems designed to boost security against drone threats. FAA said Tuesday its Airport Unmanned Aircraft Systems Detection and Mitigation Research Program will use the gathered input to implement new standards and technologies for airport protection against unauthorized UAS.

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Army Researchers to Help DARPA Develop Coronavirus Detector; Matthew Coppock Quoted

U.S. Army

Army Research Laboratory (ARL) will help the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) compose a bio-aerosol monitor designed to detect the coronavirus. DARPA leads an 18-month effort to develop the monitor based on a combination of different technologies. “ARL’s biodetection technology is a crucial enabler for persistent biosensing in operational environments,” said Matthew Coppock, a chemist and team leader at ARL.

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Connecticut-Based Educator Miguel Cardona Senate-Confirmed to Lead Education Department

Miguel Cardona

Miguel Cardona, President Biden's nominee for leadership over the Department of Education, has received Senate confirmation for the role. Cardona, who most recently was Connecticut's education commissioner, won the Senate's favor to become the secretary of education with a 64-33 vote on Monday. His swearing-in ceremony is scheduled to take place on Tuesday.

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