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USAF Fully Installs B-1B Integrated Battle Station Ahead of Schedule; Rodney Shepard Quoted

B-1B Lancer

The U.S. Air Force has completed the installation of the B-1B Lancer aircraft fleet's new Integrated Battle Station (IBS), earlier than expected. The bomber aircraft underwent modifications for a fully integrated data link, a vertical situational display unit and a central integrated test system of the new battle station.

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DOE Launches Effort to Build, Deploy Cybersecurity Tech for Utility Companies

Dept. of Energy

The Department of Energy's Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) has earmarked $12 million in cooperative agreements to support the development and deployment of cybersecurity technologies for distribution and municipal utility companies. CESER seeks to field one technology from the program to utility companies by 2023. 

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AFRL Plans to Launch Patrol Satellite Between Lunar, Earth Orbits; Capt. David Buehler Quoted

Lunar-Earth Orbit

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is launching an effort to establish a satellite-based monitoring system for spacecraft traveling in the area between the lunar and Earth orbits. AFRL intends to develop a prototype Cislunar Highway Patrol Satellite (CHPS) that will handle space domain awareness operations in the cislunar region. 

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Donald Trump to Nominate Former Airman Brian Davis for Assistant Defense Secretary Role

Brian Davis

President Trump intends to nominate Brian Davis, director of the Defense Personnel and Family Support Center, for the role of assistant defense secretary for manpower and reserve affairs. Davis brings years of U.S. Air Force experience, having served as an officer with the 77th Air Refueling Squadron, the 459th Operations Group and the 507th Air Refueling Wing.

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US, UK Sign Declaration on Joint AI R&D Initiatives

AI Initiatives

The U.S. has entered into an agreement with the U.K. to launch a joint effort aimed at driving artificial intelligence-focused research and development, technology adoption and public-private partnerships. The declaration was signed by Michael Kratsios, U.S. chief technology officer and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, and U.K. secretaries of state Alok Sharma and Oliver Dowden.

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ODNI Names Lora Shiao COO; John Ratcliffe Quoted

Lora Shiao

Lora Shiao, deputy director at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) has been appointed to serve as chief operating officer in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), effective Oct. 12th. "Lora has a strong track record of leading collaboratively across the IC on high-profile topics and fostering a corporate culture of workforce engagement and professional development,” said John Ratcliffe

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Navy Commissions USS Delbert D. Black Destroyer

USS Delbert D Black

The U.S. Navy held a limited-attendance commissioning ceremony for USS Delbert D. Black, the 68th delivered Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer. The service branch said Saturday it live-streamed the event for mass viewing. James Guerts, assistant secretary of the Navy, represented Navy Secretary Kenneth J. Braithwaite at the ceremony.

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Sgt. Maj. Sheryl Lyon Assumes Role as USCYBERCOM Senior Enlisted Leader; Gen. Paul Nakasone Quoted

Sheryl Lyon

Sgt. Maj. Sheryl Lyon, formerly with Army Cyber Command, has taken up her new role as command senior enlisted leader of U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency (NSA). She will oversee military advocacy efforts and help officials address military workforce issues in her new role,  succeeding Master Gunnery Sgt. Scott Stalker, who is now U.S. Space Command's senior enlisted leader, NSA said Friday.

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