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Senate Bill Calls on DoD to Utilize Commercial Spaceports for SmallSat Launches

A Senate committee is requiring the Department of Defense to maximize commercial spaceports to launch small satellites and expand the involvement of commercial capabilities in the agency’s space operations, SpaceNews reported Monday. The Senate Armed Services Committee issued its version of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020, which includes amendments to support the growing small launch industry.

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Sens. Rob Portman, Martin Heinrich Present National AI Strategy Bill

Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., introduced a new bill to strategize on the development of artificial intelligence technologies. The Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act will support the development of a national AI strategy and allot $2.2 million of funds to grow an AI workforce across government, industry and academia, Portman's office said Tuesday. The bill would distribute the funds over five years for an effort intended to last for 10 years.

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Sens. Rob Portman, Martin Heinrich Present Bill to Emphasize DoD Digital Engineering

Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., introduced a bill to grow the Department of Defense's workforce of digital engineers. The Armed Forces Digital Advantage Act would task the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness to implement a policy establishing digital engineering as a core military talent area, Portman's office said Thursday

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Sens. Heinrich and Ernst Introduce Mentor-Protege Legislation

Sens. Joni Ernst and Martin Heinrich unveiled a bill to allow the continuation of the Department of Defense's Mentor-Protege Program. The Defense Small Business Advancement Act will assist small businesses that serve as suppliers to private companies, civilian agencies and DoD customers through mentorship efforts from seasoned contractors, the office of Sen. Heinrich said Tuesday.

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New Mexico Legislators Make Push to Host New Space Agency

Legislators from New Mexico sent a letter to Patrick Shanahan, the acting defense secretary, regarding the state's interest in hosting the new Space Development Agency, Space News reported Monday. The lawmakers are attempting to persuade Shanahan to select New Mexico as the new agency's location. The department could work with the existing volume of space researchers in the state, the report noted.

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Trump Asks Frank Klotz to Remain as NNSA Chief

Frank Klotz, a retired Air Force lieutenant general and head of the National Nuclear Security Administration, has been asked by President Donald Trump to remain as NNSA chief until the administration names a successor to the post, Albuquerque Journal reported Monday. Mark Oswald writes the decision comes after Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-New …

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Senators Urge FCC to Investigate Cellphone Surveillance Tech Interference Complaints

Twelve senators have asked the Federal Communications Commission to investigate complaints against the state and local law enforcement agencies’ use of surveillance devices that simulate cellphone towers to gather cellphone identification and location information. Some complaints filed with FCC alleged that cell-site simulators disrupt consumers’ cellular service, can potentially interfere with emergency communications including 911 calls and are used …

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