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USAF 704th Test Group Performing New Directed Energy Experiments

The Directed Energy Combined Test Force of the U.S. Air Force's 704th Test Group plans to conduct experiments intending to inform the branch on the use and development of DE technologies. The plans support the Directed Energy Experimentation Campaign and follow the effort's first experiment that concluded in October 2018 at White Sands Missile Range, USAF said Tuesday.

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DHS’ Christopher Krebs Issues Directive to Address Domain Name System Tampering Campaign

The Department of Homeland Security has released an emergency directive to guide federal agencies how to address Domain Name System tampering activities. Attackers compromise DNS by targeting user credentials, altering DNS records and accessing valid encryption certificates that allow them to decrypt the redirected traffic, Christopher Krebs, director of DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, wrote in the directive released Tuesday.

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Dan Coats: National Intelligence Strategy Sets Roadmap for Partnerships, Agility

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats has issued a new document that provides a strategic direction for 17 agencies within the intelligence community in the next four years. The 2019 National Intelligence Strategy seeks to advance innovation, integration, partnerships and transparency within the IC in response to threats posed by adversaries, ODNI said Tuesday.

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Navy Eyeing Organizational Restructuring for New IT Role

The Department of the Navy looks to establish a new executive role to address information technology and data matters, Federal News Network reported Monday. Richard Spencer, secretary of the Navy, said the future assistant secretary for information management would have a larger role compared to a standard chief information officer.

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Navy Studies Ammunition Alternatives for Guns on Zumwalt-Class Ships

The U.S. Navy is exploring ways on how it can utilize the BAE System-built 155mm advanced gun systems equipped on Zumwalt-class destroyers, USNI News reported Monday. The service branch has so far identified a hyper velocity projectile, primarily designed for an electromagnetic railgun, as a potential candidate for use with the dormant gun, the report noted.

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Study Shows Wait Time Reduction in VA-Based Care Services

The American Medical Association published a study reflecting the reduction of wait time in government-based veteran health care compared to private sector clinics. The "Comparison of Wait Times for New Patients Between the Private Sector and United States Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers” covered 15 major metropolitan locations and focused on primary care, dermatology, cardiology and orthopedics, VA said Friday.

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Dave Mihelcic on Shutdown’s Impact on Government’s Tech Recruitment Efforts, Image

Dave Mihelcic, federal chief technology and strategy officer at Juniper Networks, has said the government shutdown could push potential new hires, technologists and other highly skilled employees to seek employment outside the federal government, Nextgov reported Friday. “If this shutdown goes for much longer, you could see some of those best, most employable [people] fleeing,” he told Nextgov.
 

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USAF Spends Part of Funds Allotted for Commercial Satellite Data

The U.S. Air Force used $7M for commercial satellite weather data as part of an effort to determine whether or not the data would meet military requirements, Space News reported Thursday. The obligated funds come from the service branch's congress-approved $20M budget for the Commercial Weather Data Pilot Program.

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DOE NNSA Allots $50M for Academia-Led Nonproliferation R&D

The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration is investing $50M in grants supporting research and development efforts on nonproliferation over the next five years. NNSA said Thursday it will provide $5M per year to two university research consortia to integrate academic studies with National Laboratory applications in nuclear science and security.

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