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Navy Employs 3D Printing for Mobile Construction Activities

Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 has adopted use of additive manufacturing or 3D printing for service branch's 5th, 6th and 7th fleets. The battalion leverages tactical fabrication tools such as 3D scanners and printers as the group seeks to implement the manufacturing approach across naval sites in Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia, the U.S. Navy said Friday. The group is working to produce Class IX repair parts and Class IV materials via 3D printing to meet critical mission demands.

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Navy to Apply AI on Readiness Strategy

The U.S. Navy plans to further implement artificial intelligence boosting readiness and establish new offices to guide the effort, AFCEA reported Friday. Adm. Christopher Grady, commander of the U.S. Fleet Forces, said at the AFCEA-USNI West 2019 Conference that the effort intends to reform the service branch's readiness approach.

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DHS Finds No Evidence Pointing to Federal DNS Record Tampering

Jeanette Manfra, an official with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, has said that no evidence has so far been found to suggest that U.S. federal Domain Name System servers have been compromised by a global DNS hijacking campaign, FCW reported Friday. Initially reported in November last year, the hijacking campaign has affected numerous private companies and governments around the world.

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DARPA Launches Program to Develop Highly Adaptive AI Platforms

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced a new effort to develop adaptive artificial intelligence platforms to address real world scenarios. The agency said Thursday that its Science of Artificial Intelligence and Learning for Open-world Novelty or SAIL-ON program will explore the algorithms and engineering concepts required to build such a platform.

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GSA Receives Technology Modernization Funds to Support Pay Management System

The General Services Administration has taken $20.7M from the government's Technology Modernization Fund for the development of a new cloud-based pay and personnel management system, Federal Times reported Tuesday. The funds will support the GSA NewPay project that was meant to be a 10-year, $2.5B contract the agency awarded to teams led by Carahsoft and Grant Thornton.

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Gen. Paul Nakasone: CYBERCOM Requires an Expansion

Gen. Paul Nakasone, who leads the U.S. Cyber Command, told Congress that the force requires an expansion to accommodate mission needs, FCW reported Thursday. During a hearing with the Senate Armed Services Committee, he said USCYBERCOM may require over 133 teams to keep up with the technological development of U.S. adversaries.

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DOJ Inspector General Recommends on FBI’s Text Data Collection

The Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General has found that the FBI has not collected a standard amount of text messages from over 31,000 agency-issued mobile devices. DOJ OIG said it attributes its initial observation to a database with plain text repository for a significant percentage of messages, indicating a problem with FBI Enterprise Security Operations Center's data collection tool.

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VA Helping Veterans Secure Computer Technology Jobs; Robert Wilkie Quoted

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced a new effort to help former servicemen prepare for computer-focused careers, and seeks professionals who would serve as trainers. The Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses program is intended to help veterans enter workforces in the areas of information technology, information science, media application, data processing and other computer-related fields, VA said Wednesday.

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NOAA’s Latest Geostationary Satellite Enters Assigned Coverage Area

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s second modern geostationary weather satellite will be operating over the western U.S., Hawaii, Alaska and Pacific Ocean. The satellite, named GOES-17, is designed to help weather forecasters predict storms, wildfire and other environmental hazards via detailed information, NOAA said Tuesday.

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Navy Concludes Future USS Cincinnati Acceptance Tests

The U.S. Navy has completed acceptance trials of the 10th Independence-variant littoral combat ship. LCS 20 or the future USS Cincinnati underwent performance evaluations of its propulsion plant, ship-handling and auxiliary systems last Friday in the Gulf of Mexico, the service branch said Tuesday.

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