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Air Force, Easy Aerial Equip Travis AFB With Drone-Based Perimeter Monitoring System

U.S. Air Force

The U.S. Air Force and Easy Aerial have provided the Travis Air Force Base with a system that uses a small unarmed autonomous aircraft for perimeter security and monitoring. The Smart Air Force Monitoring System is developed to ensure situational awareness by automatically launching from its base station and surveying the site where a security alarm was triggered, the military branch said Thursday.

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Lt. Gen. Jim Slife: AF Spec Ops Command Needs to Change Mission Focus

Lt. Gen. Jim Slife

Lt. Gen. Jim Slife, who leads Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), said his organization will have to reduce its anti-terrorism missions or distribute some of the load to other forces within the U.S. military. Slife said the command will need to undergo this change due to an environmental shift in national security.

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Air Force Advances Human-Machine Teaming With AI Algorithm Aboard U-2 Aircraft; Will Roper Quoted

Will Roper

A U.S. Air Force pilot flew with an artificial intelligence aboard the Lockheed Martin-built U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft during a test flight held Tuesday, the service reported Wednesday. The AI algorithm, called ARTUu, was in charge of tactical navigation and sensor employment during a simulated missile strike as part of a reconnaissance mission.

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NASA, Canada Sign Partnership Agreement for Gateway Lunar Outpost

Gateway

Canada's space agency has officially agreed to provide an external robotics system and execute other efforts for NASA's Gateway, an orbiting space outpost that will support lunar exploration missions. Canada will provide the Canadarm3 robotic arm and interfaces for robotic modules that would help Gateway personnel install instruments, NASA said Wednesday.

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NGA Issues Solicitation for Data Trustworthiness Proposals; Chad Files Quoted

Data Integrity

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) plans to award $300,000 in funds to technical proposals that seek to maintain the trustworthiness and integrity of data. Files added the project will support warfighters, analysts, decision makers and first responders. Awardees will be announced by April 2021. NGA has issued the solicitation via an other transaction authority procurement process.

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Gen. James Dickinson: Russia Develops Space Warfare Tech Despite Claims to Avoid Space War

Gen. James Dickinson

Gen. James Dickinson, leader of U.S. Space Command, said Russia is working on space systems despite claims of trying to prevent a space war. Russian President Vladimir Putin also unveiled efforts to make a ground-based laser for his country's space force. Dickinson said these developments collectively do not align with Russia's claim to avoid warfighting in space.

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Army Teams With Clemson University for Virtual Prototyping of Autonomous Ground Systems

U.S. Army

The U.S. Army has partnered with the Clemson University for a research initiative focused on virtual prototyping of ground vehicles that will be equipped with autonomy technology and next generation propulsion and energy systems. Clemson said Tuesday the new $18M Virtual Prototyping of Ground Systems Center established within the CU-International Center for Automotive Research will be used to support testing of new concepts and algorithms for the autonomous vehicles.

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NSF IG Lerner to Become CIGIE Chairperson in January

Allison Lerner

Allison Lerner, inspector general at the National Science Foundation (NSF), has been elected to serve as chairperson for the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency starting Jan. 1st. Federal IGs voted to appoint Lerner as successor to Michael Horowitz, the Department of Justice IG who has led the council over the past five years. 

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White House Issues New Directive on Space Nuclear Power, Propulsion Tech Development

White House

President Donald Trump has signed a new space policy directive establishing a national strategy to support the development and use of space nuclear power and propulsion (SNPP) systems. Under the directive, the U.S. should adhere to safety, sustainability and security principles when it comes to SNPP systems development and use.

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Senators Ask FBI, CISA to Provide Details Over SolarWinds Orion Compromise

Cyber Attacks

A group of six senators has called on leaders of the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to respond to several questions with regard to a cyber vulnerability involving SolarWinds’ Orion Network Management products. The letter came days after CISA issued an emergency directive directing all agencies to immediately disconnect SolarWinds Orion products versions 2019.4 to 2020.2.1 HF1. 

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