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DOE Allots Funds for AI Research Projects

The Department of Energy is investing $20 million in research and development projects to apply artificial intelligence to energy science and grid management. DOE said Wednesday. Eight projects have been identified that would receive a combined amount of almost $7 million to study on AI, big data and machine learning applications in grid resiliency. These projects are funded under DOE's Office of Electricity.

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USS Fitzgerald Moors Pier-Side After Restoration Effort

The USS Fitzgerald naval destroyer, also known as DDG 62, launched pier-side following a series of repairs and modifications at Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard facility on April 16. The company began restoration and maintenance in Jan. 2018 to reinforce the integrity of the vessel's topside and hull structures after a collision incident in 2017, the U.S. Navy said Tuesday

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Merit Systems Protection Board Seeks Increase From President’s Budget Request

The Merit Systems Protection Board filed a bypass request with Congress seeking $46.8M in funds for 2020, reflecting a $4.6M increase from the president’s proposed budget. MSPB said in its congressional budget justification the president’s budget request of $42.3M represents a 10 percent cut to the board’s current funding level and would result in a workforce reduction if enacted.

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GAO Identifies New Priorities for GSA

The Government Accountability Office released new recommendations on security and property measures that the General Services Administration must prioritize. GAO said Thursday that GSA must augment efforts to consolidate Department of Homeland Security headquarters, reduce lease costs, budget maintenance and operations costs of new buildings and boost federal infrastructure cybersecurity.

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Steven Walker Discusses DARPA’s Acquisition Proces

Steven Walker, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, told C4ISRNET in an interview published Wednesday about DARPA’s use of other transaction authorities in its artificial intelligence program. Walker, a 2019 Wash100 winner, said DARPA plans to continue using OTAs in other technology initiatives to speed up the acquisition process.

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Heather Wilson Unveils Air Force Science & Technology Strategy

Air Force Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Heather Wilson announced a new strategy for the service to identify, build and deploy technology platforms for the next 10 years and beyond as well as expand its tech superiority amid peer-to-peer threats, the Air Force reported Wednesday. "The Science and Technology Strategy isn’t just a list of technologies. Our approach will be to predict where adversaries cannot easily go and make sure the Air Force gets there first,” said Wilson.

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VA Applies 3D Printing to Health Care

The Veterans Health Administration, an agency within the Department of Veterans Affairs, is implementing the use of 3D printing in medical activities, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Doctors at Puget Sound Medical Center leverage additive manufacturing to simulate surgeries. Meanwhile, doctors from other hospitals use the technology to produce customized braces.

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USAF Releases Results of Electromagnetic Warfare CFT Effort

The U.S. Air Force released the results of a cross-functional team effort testing approaches to gain and maintain superiority in the electromagnetic spectrum. USAF commenced the effort in January 2018 and announced the results in January 2019 during the Weapons and Tactics Conference at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, the service branch said Tuesday.

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DoD Partners With RTI for STEM Outreach Programs

The Department of Defense awarded a five-year, $75 million cooperative agreement to Research Triangle Institute to create strategies in line with the agency's science, technology, engineering and mathematics efforts. DoD said Tuesday that it plans to confirm and support initiatives for the performance of K-12 and undergraduate STEM outreach and education programs under the Defense STEM Education Consortium cooperative agreement.

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Navy Looks to Train Sailors in Virtual Simulators; Bill Moran Quoted

The U.S. Navy is looking to employ virtual reality simulators addressing communication gaps that led to collisions of USS John McCain and USS Fitzgerald in 2017, National Defense Magazine reported Tuesday. The plan is based on comprehensive and strategic readiness reviews the service branch conducted to assess these collisions and prevent future repercussions.

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