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DoD Funds Projects to Address Defense Industry Manufacturing Gaps

DoD

The Department of Defense (DoD) has issued awards worth almost $27 million for nine projects that will prototype manufacturing technologies in support of the defense industrial base. The investment supports the National Imperative for Industrial Skills initiative that aims to address the engineering skills gap currently in the defense industry. 

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FAA Sets Criteria for Complex UAS Service Certifications

Federal Aviation

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has published a set of criteria to guide proposed unmanned aircraft system certification across 10 different drone service applicants. The agency will use the criteria to determine the certification of the mentioned companies for complex drone operations. FAA invites the public to comment on airworthiness criteria for each of the applicant companies over a 30-day period.

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USAF Launches Program to Boost Airmen’s Digital Skills; Lt. Gen. Christopher Weggeman Quoted

Christopher Weggeman

The U.S. Air Force has initiated an effort to help airmen access educational opportunities on digital technology, The Digital University program will provide airmen and U.S. Space Force members free access to over 12,000 courses from Pluralsight, Udacity and Udemy. The program's pilot will run through June 2021 before Pluralsight and Udacity licenses.

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OMB Updates Guidelines for New Internet Protocol Adoption; Russell Vought Quoted

Russell Vought

The Office of Management and Budget has released an updated guidance on the federal government's implementation of internet protocol version 6 (IPv6). The guidance also calls for agencies to work with external partners and update public-facing servers and online services in preparation for the implementation. IPv6 replaces the existing IPv4. 

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Gen. John Raymond: Space Force Needs Domain Awareness Tech to Track Space Debris

Gen. John Raymond

Gen. John Raymond, the chief of space operations and 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the U.S. Space Force has a critical need for space domain awareness technologies as debris continues to threaten space operations. The chief said USSF needs to do what it can for the prevention of space debris affecting satellite operations and human life.

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Army Fuses Europe, Africa Forces Into Single Command; Ryan McCarthy Quoted

Ryan McCarthy

The U.S. Army has combined its forces assigned in Europe and Africa into a single command to be led by Gen. Christopher Cavoli. The service branch's consolidated Army Europe and Africa command (USAREUR-AF) will support regional and global readiness in alignment with the National Defense Strategy, said Ryan McCarthy, secretary of the Army and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient

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HHS Needs Info on Technologies to Improve Health Care in Underserved Areas; Brett Giroir Quoted

HHS Technology

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeks input on how to better address chronic diseases and improve the U.S. health care system in underserved communities via innovative technologies. HHS said Tuesday its Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) released a request for information in search of ways to apply artificial intelligence, apps, biosensors and other modern technologies to health care.

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FAA, NASA Conclude Drone Traffic Mgmt Pilot Program’s Second Phase; Pamela Whitley Quoted

Unmanned Traffic

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and NASA have completed virtual tests of multiple unmanned traffic management (UTM) platforms intended to support drone operations beyond visual line of sight. The events featured systems designed to support international UAS standards validation, multisector information sharing, in-flight separation from other aircraft and the development of a flight information management system.

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USAF Vet Scott Francis O’Grady to be Nominated DoD Asst Secretary for Int’l Security Affairs

Department of Defense

President Trump intends to nominate Scott Francis O’Grady, who served as a U.S. Air Force officer for 12 years, to be assistant secretary for international security affairs at the Department of Defense (DoD), the White House announced Tuesday. O'Grady is a former USAF fighter pilot who penned the book, "Return With Honor."

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Marine Corps Activates Space-Focused Unit; Maj. Gen. Matthew Glavy Quoted

Maj. Gen. Matthew Glavy

The U.S. Marine Corps has established a space organization that will be led by Maj. Gen. Matthew Glavy and will support the Fleet Marine Force. Marine Corps Forces Space Command will initially operate at the Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. Space professionals from the existing Marine Corps Forces Strategic Command compose the new service component. 

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