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DOE Unveils Funding Opportunity for Direct Air Capture R&D Projects

Department of Energy

The Department of Energy (DOE) will invest up to $15 million in funds to support research and development projects for direct air capture technologies. Areas of interest under the funding opportunity include initial engineering design of carbon capture, storage and utilization systems as well as testing and validation of structured material systems and component designs for DAC technologies.

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Army Unpauses Testing of Newest Medium Tactical Vehicle

U.S. Army

The U.S. Army has continued tests of its newest medium tactical vehicle, after lessons learned from issues encountered in a previous trial that took place May 2020. The Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles' A2 variant underwent changes in terms of payload capacity, ride quality, underbody protection, electronic stability and suspension.

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NASA’s Deep-Space Satellite Dish Goes Online

DSS-56

NASA has added another antenna to its Deep Space Network (DSN) that will handle communications with space missions including the Perseverance rover that is slated to land on Mars in Feb. 2021. NASA envisions DSS-56 to support the interplanetary switchboard network in managing navigation and communication operations for subsequent deep-space missions. 

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Christopher Hanson to Chair Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Christopher Hanson

Christopher Hanson, a commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), has been appointed to concurrently chair the same agency under President Biden's administration. He succeeds Kristine Svinick who left DOE on Jan. 20 after about 13 years with NRC. The energy expert, during his time with the private sector, spearheaded energy-related government-industry engagements as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton.

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John Seel Becomes Leader of NSWC Dahlgren Division’s Warfare Control & Integration Department

John Seel

John Seel, formerly software senior scientific and technical manager for Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division's (NSWCDD) strategic and computing systems department, has been named head of the division's warfare control and integration department. He assumed leadership of the latter department on Jan. 4, succeeding Michael Till who plans to retire this month after a 23-yer tenure with NSWCDD. 

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Former DHS Official Keith Jones Named State Department CIO

State Department

Keith Jones, former deputy chief information officer at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), has been appointed as the State Department’s new CIO. Jones will have the rank of assistant secretary of state as part of his new capacity. Most recently, Jones served as a principal consultant at government-focused management consulting firm Deep Water Point

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William Scherlis Cites Current State of AI Dev’t

Artificial Intelligence

William Scherlis, director at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) information innovation office, said artificial intelligence is at the early stage of its rapid development. Scherlis said in a statement published Friday that artificial intelligence (AI) currently lacks robustness and does not have trustworthiness yet. He noted that various AI components should come together to support warfighter needs.

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Gen. John Hyten: DOD Must Accelerate Joint Efforts, Public Awareness on Space-Based Threats

Gen. John Hyten

Gen. John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and two-time Wash100 Award winner, said the Department of Defense (DOD) must “go fast” in determining joint requirements to counter emerging threats. The U.S. Space Force, along with the U.S. Space Command, is gaining bipartisan support and is envisioned to continue driving efforts with the incoming Biden administration, according to Hyten.

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Department of the Navy Announces Formation of DevSecOps Task Force

DevSecOps

The Department of the Navy is establishing a DevSecOps task force to help speed up software development and delivery and improve data security, FCW reported Friday. The Jan. 15 memo states that the task force will provide the information superiority executive steering group with a set of recommendations within two months to facilitate the creation of a strategy for enterprisewide DevSecOps implementation.

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Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt on Plans to Improve Space-Based Missile Warning Capabilities

Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt

Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt, commander of Combined Force Space Component Command (CFSCC), told C4ISRNET in an interview published on Friday about plans to improve missile warning satellites and one of those is the need to equip satellite constellations, ground systems and other space-based missile warning capabilities with software that could be reprogrammed quickly in response to threats.

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