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DOE Announces Funds for Marine Energy Technology Research

The Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is investing $25M in 12 research and development efforts on marine energy technologies. These technologies would generate electricity from different forms of marine energy including waves, tides and currents, DOE said Tuesday.

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House Bets to End Govt Shutdown Without Border Wall Funding

House Democrats passed two bills this week in a bid to end the partial government shutdown without funding President Trump’s border wall, New York Post reported Thursday. One bill would provide temporary budgeting to eight of the nine closed agencies until September, while another would fund the Department of Homeland Security until Feb. 8. However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi noted the chamber will not support construction of Trump’s wall.

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Rep. Mark Takano Promises Greater Oversight as Incoming House VA Committee Chair

Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., will assume leadership of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee next month following the recent appointment of Robert Wilkie as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, MilitaryTimes.com reported Tuesday. During an interview with Military Times, Takano said he aims to provide “more vigorous oversight” on the VA and foster bipartisanship as the House committee’s new chairman.

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FAA Adds $205M in Grants for Airport Infrastructure Efforts

The Federal Aviation Administration is investing $205M in grants to support infrastructure projects at small airports across 34 states, with a focus on rural areas. Initial funds would support runway reconstruction and facility maintenance efforts at 37 airports, the Department of Transportation said Wednesday.

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AFRL Initiates Human-Centered Data Analytics Development Effort

The Air Force Research Laboratory has begun development of a human-centered data analytics environment through use of squadron innovation funds. The analytical environment would be intended to manage and process large amounts of data, and address the speed lags of raw human analysis, AFRL said Monday. AFRL's 711th Human Performance Wing received $250K in fiscal year 2018 funds from $64M distributed across the U.S. Air Force under a squadron innovation effort.

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Dunford Emphasizes Need for ‘Sustained Predictable, Adequate’ Funding in Sustaining Military Edge

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff recently underscored the importance of having sufficient defense funding when it comes to maintaining the competitive advantage of the U.S. over possible competitors. Speaking at the Halifax International Security Forum over the weekend, U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford expressed confidence in the military’s ability to defend the country against potential adversaries, the Defense Department reported Saturday.

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