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Hon. Ellen Lord: US Should Boost Collaboration With Allies to Address ‘Adversarial Capital’

Ellen Lord

Hon. Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and a four-time Wash100 Award winner, said “adversarial capital” continues to pose a threat to the defense industrial base (DIB) and the U.S. government should strengthen collaboration with industry groups and allied countries to avoid investments from foreign adversaries. She noted that coordinating with other countries is vital. 

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DOE Unveils Funding Effort for High-Energy Density Plasma Research

Department of Energy

The Department of Energy (DOE) intends to award $9 million in funds to support the exploration of high-energy density laboratory plasmas (HEDLP). Chris Fall, director of DOE's office of science, said in a statement published Wednesday HEDLPs could allow inertial fusion energy and have potential applications in medicine, industry and national security. 

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Core Stages for Crewed NASA Artemis Missions Now Under Production

Michoud Assembly Facility

NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility has commenced the production of the rocket core stages for both the second and third Artemis missions. These stages bring propellant tanks, RS-25 engines and avionics wiring to the Space Launch System (SLS)that serves as the launch vehicle for both of the upcoming missions. 

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Marine Corps Squadron Qualifies F-35C Aircraft for Carrier Use; Maj. Gen. Christopher Mahoney Quoted

F-35C

The U.S. Marine Corps has announced the initial operational capability of F-35C Lightning II aircraft under Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 or VMFA-314. This milestone allows VMFA-314 to use F-35C with U.S. Navy aircraft carriers for global missions. The F-35 is designed as a fifth-generation multi-role aircraft system capable of stealth operations.

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DISA Deploys Cloud-Based Internet Browsing Tool for Remote Employees; Angela Landress Quoted

Network Security

Angela Landress, chief of defensive cyber operations at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), said her office is working to fortify network security through efforts such as implementing a new cloud-based browsing tool. “When you’re in a government facility around your co-workers you’re held to a standard and your security strategy is always reinforced,” said Landress.

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GAO, Nat’l Academy of Medicine Release Assessment of Health Sector’s AI Implementation Efforts

AI Implementation

A two-part report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has found that artificial intelligence tools show potential in clinical and administrative applications such as patient-provider communications. Challenges in AI adoption include difficulties in accessing high-quality data and issues surrounding ethical bias, the report states.

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Katie Arrington: DoD Working With Industry to Position US Supply Chain

Katie Arrington

Katie Arrington, chief information security officer at the office of the assistant secretary of defense for acquisition and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, has said the Pentagon is working to mitigate supply-chain reliance on adversary nations. Arrington said that the Department of Defense seeks to position the U.S. supply chain to address military as well as commercial needs.

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William Evanina: China Targets Biden Administration Members

William Evanina

William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), said China has expanded its efforts against Joe Biden's upcoming administration. Evanina said his team has observed Chinese operations targeting Biden administration members and peers. The NCSC director noted that he will brief Biden administration officials about the issue.

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Bruce Doll: DoD Military Health System Should Consider Using Blockchain

Bruce Doll

Bruce Doll, assistant vice president for technology research and innovation at the Department of Defense’s Uniformed Services University, said the military health system should consider employing blockchain technology in tracking COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Doll said he believes leaders at the Defense Health Agency (DHA) and other DoD components should prioritize blockchain to further advance the technology. 

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Gen. John Raymond: Space Force Sees More Tech Opportunities in Commercial Market

Gen. John Raymond

Gen. John Raymond, chief of space operations and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, said the space industry has made big, new technology investments that the U.S. Space Force may consider valuable. Gen. Raymond said the Space Force now knows about the existence of space tracking data, on-orbit satellite services and other new offerings in the commercial market.

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