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New Navy Rescue Ship Named After Cherokee Nation

The U.S. Navy has named a new towing, salvage and rescue ship after a native American indigenous group. The future USNS Cherokee Nation honors Cherokees who have contributed to the Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, the Navy said Friday

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DHS Opens Center Building at Southeast D.C. HQ Complex

The Department of Homeland Security has opened its new center building to serve as part of its headquarters at the St. Elizabeth's campus in southeast Washington, D.C., Federal News Network reported Friday. The planned 1.3 million-square foot campus will house over 13,000

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FedRAMP Launches New Marketplace Guidance Document

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program has released a new document made to guide commercial and government parties in understanding FedRAMP's cloud service offerings. The document entitled "Marketplace Guidance" contains explanations on how to achieve designations across the program and how to manage changes in initial agency partners, FedRAMP said Thursday.

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Austal USA Delivers Future USS Cincinnati to Navy

The U.S. Navy has received the future USS Cincinnati (LCS 20) from Austal USA, which will be the 10th Independence variant to join the service’s fleet of littoral combat ships. The company delivered the ship to the Navy during a ceremony at the company’s facility in Mobile, Ala., Naval Sea Systems Command said Friday

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NSA Working on ‘Explainable’ AI Capabilities

Neil Ziring, technical director for capabilities at the National Security Agency, said the capacity of artificial intelligence for "explainable" capabilities is vital for implementing the technology, Cyberscoop reported Friday. Ziring told the publication that AI’s ability to provide context on recommended actions “will be most important” when it comes to developing AI or machine learning-based technologies. 

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Report: Commerce Dept Bans US Tech Exports to Chinese Supercomputer Developers

The Department of Commerce has restricted four China-based commercial entities and one institute from buying high-performance computing parts from the U.S. just over a month after President Trump issued an executive order banning Chinese telecommunications equipment over national security risks, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

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Soraya Correa: DHS Component Agencies Strive to Assess Contract Vehicles Against Requirements

Soraya Correa, chief procurement officer at the Department of Homeland Security, said DHS’ component agencies need to identify acquisition programs to be suitable for their operations amid the federal government’s increasing focus on “best-in-class” contracts, FCW reported Friday

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Tony Braswell: Air Force Unveils Strategic Plan to Change Acquisition Culture

Tony Braswell, director of contracting at Hanscom Air Force Base, said the service branch is launching a strategic plan to transform its acquisition culture, the Air Force reported Friday. “So we’re changing the culture, becoming more proactive than reactive and less risk averse,” Braswell said during a Hanscom Representative Association meeting held on June 18 in Lexington, Mass."

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White House Issues Update to 2016 National Artificial Intelligence R&D Strategic Plan

The White House’s National Science and Technology Council released an update to the 2016 strategic plan for artificial intelligence research and development in support of the American AI Initiative that was launched through an executive order in February. The National AI R&D Strategic Plan: 2019 Update retains the first seven priorities in the 2016 plan and adds a new strategy to expand public-private partnerships to accelerate advances in AI.

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