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Gen. John Raymond: Space Force Seeks to ‘Move at Speed’ Through Partnerships

Gen. John Raymond

Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, chief of space operations and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said the U.S. Space Force, which was created in December 2019, is accelerating efforts to meet its near-term priorities. He said there has been a “critical elevation of capability” since the establishment of the Space Force. 

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House Lawmakers Ask OMB for IDEA Act Implementation Guidance

IDEA Act Implementation

House lawmakers have called on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to accelerate the issuance of guidance to federal agencies to facilitate the implementation of the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act. The lawmakers made the request in a Thursday letter addressed to Shalanda Young, acting director of OMB.

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Lawmakers Call on White House to Fund Chip Manufacturing, Research

Semiconductor Research

A bipartisan group of Senate and House lawmakers wrote a letter to President Biden urging him to prioritize funding for semiconductor research and development and manufacturing at federal agencies as his administration works on a budget proposal for fiscal year 2022. The lawmakers called on the Biden administration to fund the programs authorized in the CHIPS for America Act

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House Lawmakers Call on White House to Cut DOD Budget

Capitol Hill

A group of 50 House lawmakers has asked President Biden to reassess spending priorities by reducing the Department of Defense’s budget to help pay for public health, research and other activities. “We could cut the Pentagon budget by more than ten percent and still spend more than the next ten largest militaries combined,” they added.

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Congressional Commission Recommends Stronger DOD Statement on Broader AI Adoption; Robert Work Quoted

Artificial Intelligence

Robert Work, vice chairman of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI), said the U.S. must integrate autonomy and AI into systems warfare to stay ahead of adversaries. Eric Schmidt, chair of NSCAI, added that the Department of Defense needs to have a stronger stance on large-scale AI adoption. 

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Report: Senate’s Draft Coronavirus Relief Bill Seeks to Appropriate $1B for Tech Modernization Fund

Capitol Hill

A draft Senate bill seeks to authorize $1 billion for the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) within the General Services Administration (GSA). The Senate is expected to finalize the measure in the coming days. A proposal that seeks to earmark $9 billion for TMF failed to make it to the House-passed measure. 

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Bipartisan Law Seeks to Improve FEMA’s Advance Contracting Process; Rep. Bennie Thompson Quoted

Federal Emergency

President Trump signed into law a bipartisan bill to improve the process of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for awarding contracts before disasters strike to ensure readiness, Government Executive reported Monday. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, introduced the bill in the lower chamber.

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FY 2021 NDAA Contains Provision to Improve Transparency in Federal Programs

U.S. Capitol

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2021 contains a provision that would direct federal agencies to report to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the cost and performance of their programs as part of efforts to improve transparency. The Senate on Friday passed the $740.5B NDAA days after the House voted 335-78 to approve the annual defense policy bill.

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Six Lawmakers Unveil House Space Force Caucus

US Capitol

Six House lawmakers have launched a new caucus to advocate on behalf of the U.S. Space Force. The House Space Force Caucus was formed by Reps. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo.; Kendra Horn, D-Okla.; Brian Babin, R-Texas; Jason Crow, D-Colo.; Michael Waltz, R-Fla.; and Charlie Crist, D-Fla. The caucus will support Department of the Air Force and the Space Force.

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AI Commission Talks Digital Academy, Reserve Corps at House Subcommittee Hearing; NCSAI Chairman Eric Schmidt Quoted

AI Workforce

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) told a House subcommittee Thursday that bold measures are needed to enhance the government’s artificial intelligence workforce and one of NSCAI’s recommendations is the creation of a “digital academy." The commission also suggested the creation of a digital reserve corps

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