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NASA Announces Three Payload Suites for Lunar Surface Research Efforts

Lunar Surface Research

NASA has selected through the Payloads and Research Investigations on the Surface of the Moon (PRISM) call for proposals three payload suites to support scientific investigations on the lunar surface. David Blewett of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory will lead the Lunar Vertex joint lander and rover payload suite that is headed to Reiner Gamma, also known as lunar swirl.

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DARPA’s Air Combat Evolution Program Prepares for Phase 2 Subscale Live Flights; Col. Dan Javorsek Quoted

Col. Dan Javorsek

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is halfway through the first phase of a program that conducts human-machine collaborative dogfighting to advance the development of a scalable, trusted artificial intelligence-driven autonomy for air combat. DARPA said Thursday that the Air Combat Evolution program has made several achievements including live flights of an L-29 jet trainer. 

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Recent Events May Provide Opportunity for U.S. to Explore ‘Defend Forward’ Cyber Strategy Against Iran

Recent U.S.-Iran engagements may be an opportunity for the U.S. personnel to explore the ‘defend forward’ strategy that involves carrying out cyber operations in non-U.S. networks, Fifth Domain reported Thursday.

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DoD Looks to Cut Regulations, Processes for Rapid Tech Acquisition

The official managing the Department of Defense’s acquisition enablers initiative sets policy updates and less acquisition regulations and cybersecurity standards as top priorities to accelerate adoption of new military capabilities, National Defense Magazine reported Wednesday. “If we can create a more modular approach to the way that we buy capabilities, we can deliver them faster,” Stacy Cummings, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for acquisition enablers, said at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference.

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NASA Studying Asteroid Behavior Ahead of Planetary Defense Test Launch in 2021

NASA is facilitating observations of a binary asteroid and its small moonlet to serve as the target for the Double Asteroid Redirection Test intended to demonstrate kinetic impact for planetary defense, NASA said Monday. The agency is studying the behavior of the asteroid Didymos A and its moonlet Didymos B using telescopes at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., as well as other locations around the world.

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Ellen Lord Says Defense Will Issue New Cybersecurity Standards for Contractors

Ellen Lord, the undersecretary for acquisition and logistics at the Pentagon, said officials plan to issue new cyber security standards for the industry to follow when competing for defense contracts, Fifth Domain reported Tuesday. The Department of Defense is working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to create metrics on minimum cyber security practices.

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