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NSF Announces Convergence Accelerator Phase 2 Teams, Invests $50M Into Quantum Computing, AI Work

National Science

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has invested $50 million to 10 multidisciplinary teams for quantum computing and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies under the Convergence Accelerator research and development program. The teams must use a convergent approach to convert concepts and proposals from the program's phase one into real-world applications that address societal concerns and challenges in phase two. 

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Carnegie Mellon’s Nickolas Guertin in Line to Become Next Defense OT&E Director

Nickolas Guertin

Nickolas Guertin, a senior software systems engineer at Carnegie Mellon University, has been nominated by President Biden to become the Department of Defense's (DoD) director of operational test and evaluation (DOT&E). The Reading, Connecticut native was a former U.S. Navy serviceman with experience in ship construction and maintenance, systems engineering, weapons testing and development, and submarine operations, the White House said Thursday.

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NGA to Have Agencies Prioritize Commercial GEOINT Services; Dave Gauthier Quoted

Dave Gauthier

Vice Adm. Robert Sharp, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and two-time Wash100 Award winner, plans to formalize a new strategy that would urge agencies to prioritize using commercial services over government-owned systems. Dave Gauthier, the agency's director of commercial and business operations, said the strategy would allow agencies to explore new geospatial technologies and services offered by the private sector.

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NDU Foundation Adds Sharon Dunbar, 2 Other Former Defense Execs to Board

Sharon Dunbar

The National Defense University Foundation (NDU) has added Sharon Dunbar, Madelyn Creedon and Angela Ambrose, who all have national security experience, to its board of directors. Dunbar, a retired U.S. Air Force major general, is the vice president of cross-company business initiatives at General Dynamics' mission systems business, the NDU Foundation said Thursday.

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FBI, CISA, Coast Guard Report Cyber Vulnerability in Password Management Platform

Password Management

The FBI, Coast Guard Cyber Command and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have jointly reported a cyber vulnerability in a self-service password management platform made by Zoho. Cyber actors capitalizing on advanced persistent threats (APT) are likely to exploit a vulnerability found in Zoho's ManageEngine ADSelfService Plus, CISA said Thursday.

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CBO: Navy’s FY22 Shipbuilding Plan to Cost $25B to $33B Per Year Over 30 Years

Shipbuilding Plan

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report estimates that the U.S. Navy’s fiscal year 2022 shipbuilding plan to increase its fleet size to between 398 and 512 crewed ships and unmanned vessels would cost approximately $25 billion to $33 billion in 2021 dollars annually over three decades.

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US, Australia, UK Announce Trilateral Security Partnership; Gen. Lloyd Austin Quoted

Gen. Lloyd Austin

The U.S., Australia and the U.K. have agreed to further strengthen collaboration on defense and security capabilities under a trilateral security partnership. The AUKUS alliance will provide the Royal Australian Navy with at least eight nuclear-powered submarines and the Australian government said it plans to construct the submarines in Adelaide.

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Sen. Margaret Wood Hassan Poses Questions to DOJ Over Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency

Sen. Margaret Wood Hassan, D-N.H., has asked the Department of Justice about authorities used by agencies within DOJ to regulate U.S. cryptocurrency exchanges, kiosks, over-the-counter cryptocurrency trading desks and their users. The senator made the inquiry amid the increasing use of the new financial technology for criminal purposes.

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Air Force Develops Expeditionary, Amphibious Capability for Commando II Aircraft; Lt. Col. Josh Trantham Quoted

MAC Digital Render

The U.S. Air Force's Special Operations Command (AFSOC) is working on a new capability to make the C-130J transport aircraft more suitable for expeditionary missions in watery environments. AFSOC said Wednesday it partnered with the Air Force Research Laboratory to develop the MC-130J Commando II Amphibious Capability, also known as MAC.

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AFLR-Developed Autonomous Research Software Now Available for Public

Benji Maruyama

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) scientists have released to the public the Autonomous Research System open-source software (ARES OS), which uses artificial intelligence algorithms to improve research processes. ARES OS tasks autonomous “robots” made from carbon nanotube synthesis reactors to direct and perform research in the most efficient way possible without intervention from human scientists, AFRL said Wednesday.

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