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DOE Invests in Direct Air Capture Projects to Reduce Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide; Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Department of Energy

Department of Energy will invest $12 million in six research and development projects on technology designed to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Awardees will use these funds to develop direct air capture technology, as the Biden administration seeks to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, DOE said Tuesday.

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Lina Khan Sworn in as Federal Trade Commission Chair

Lina Khan

Lina Khan, President Biden's nominee to chair the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), has taken her oath to fill the role through September 25, 2024. She formerly served as an associate professor at Columbia Law School and as a legal adviser to FTC commissioner Rohit Chopra. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to protect the public from corporate abuse," Khan said.

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Bill Nelson: NASA Needs More Funds to Foster Competition in Lunar Lander Program

Bill Nelson

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson wants the Senate to boost NASA's funds as the space agency seeks to finance a second contractor for an existing lunar lander project. Nelson told the Senate Appropriations Committee that NASA needs more funds to promote competition in the Human Landing System (HLS) program, which seeks to produce a lunar lander. 

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U.S., EU to Coordinate on Critical Tech, Supply Chain Issues Via Trade and Technology Council

U.S.-EU Summit

The U.S. and the European Union on Tuesday formed a Trade and Technology Council (TTC) to build up global cooperation on digital issues, technology and supply chains, work on international standards development and support collaborative research efforts. A senior administration official said Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai will co-chair the council.

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GAO: VA Needs Comprehensive Supply Chain Management Strategy

Supply Chain

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) come up with a comprehensive strategy for supply chain management to address its acquisition management-related issues and better meet the needs of veterans. GAO made the recommendation after it found that each of VA’s initiatives to advance supply chain modernization and prepare for future public health crises faces delays.

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Tonya Ugoretz: FBI Needs Industry Cooperation to Address Cyber Incidents

Tonya Ugoretz

Tonya Ugoretz, deputy assistant director of the FBI's cyber division, said the bureau and its industry partners need to piece together perspectives on cybersecurity incidents to prevent network attacks at agencies and companies. “The private sector holds valuable cyber threat intelligence that exists nowhere else,” Ugoretz told attendees at a virtual conference.

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Navy Advances AI Development; Brett Vaughan Quoted

Artificial Intelligence

The U.S. Navy is advancing the development of artificial intelligence applications to support warfighting, readiness, sustainment and other functions. Brett Vaughan, the Navy’s chief AI officer and portfolio manager at the Office of Naval Research, discussed how AI could help the service in areas such as decision-making and autonomy with unmanned platforms.

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Jennifer Granholm: DOE Aims to Elevate Cybersecurity Office

Jennifer Granholm

Jennifer Granholm, secretary at the Department of Energy, told a Senate committee that DOE wants to elevate the organizational structure of its cybersecurity, energy security and emergency response (CESER) office. She said at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on Tuesday that the department also looks to equip CESER with first responder platforms and intends to keep career officials in the office leadership.

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National Guard Uses Verizon Tech at Annual Emergency Response Drill

Verizon

The National Guard Bureau enlisted the help of Verizon to deploy more than 100 communication systems for an ongoing first responder training exercise at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin. The company said Tuesday that its response team is using the Verizon Frontline mobile network and technology to provide on-demand communications support to soldiers and aircrews participating in the National Guard's weeklong PATRIOT 21 event.

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U.S. Navy Program Trains Sailors on Onboard Fiber Optic Repairs While at Sea; Master Chief Terry Russell Quoted

U.S. Navy Training

A new U.S. Navy self-sufficiency program is teaching sailors how to address fiber-optic issues onboard a ship traveling far from shore. The Naval Sea Systems Command said Monday that the Fiber Optics Test and Repair (FOTR) program will certify fiber technicians and verify their capability to resolve problems in shipboard infrastructure while deployed.

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