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NSA Names UTSA as Featured School for Cybersecurity Partnership

The National Security Agency and the University of Texas at San Antonio have partnered for their cybersecurity partnership for over 16 years. George Barnes, deputy director of NSA, said in a statement posted on Tuesday that the university has received the Center of Academic Excellence designation in the areas of cyber defense, research and operations.

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AFRL, Universities Form Additive Printing Partnership for Aircraft, Spacecraft Structures

The U.S. Air Force Laboratory's composites branch partnered with the University of Miami, Louisiana Tech University, University of Arkansas and the University of Texas to highlight the application of 3D printed carbon fiber and epoxy components on air and spacecraft structures. AFRL also performed joint projects with international allies to craft lightweight core structures that can hold the payload through the use of composite printed materials, the Wright Patterson Air Force Base said on Friday.

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Report: NASA to Request $21B in Funds for Fiscal 2020

NASA will request $21 billion in total budget for fiscal 2020, reflecting a two percent drop from its current spending and a five percent rise from the agency’s funding request in 2018, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. People familiar with the proposed budget told the publication that NASA is expected to request a funding increase of over $500 million for lunar exploration and related missions in 2020 to advance government-industry partnerships on moon landers.

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Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch on Air Force’s Light-Attack Experiment

Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, military deputy for the office of the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, has said he has ideas of how the service would move forward with the light-attack experiment, Defense News reported Friday. “We are planning to broaden the experimentation out and carry the experimentation forward, and I think when our budget hits, you’ll understand more of what we’re doing,” he said Friday at an Air Force Association event.

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Dan Coats: National Intelligence Strategy Sets Roadmap for Partnerships, Agility

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats has issued a new document that provides a strategic direction for 17 agencies within the intelligence community in the next four years. The 2019 National Intelligence Strategy seeks to advance innovation, integration, partnerships and transparency within the IC in response to threats posed by adversaries, ODNI said Tuesday.

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Justin Herman to Step Down as Head of GSA’s Emerging Citizen Tech Office

Justin “Doc” Herman, head of the emerging citizen technology office at the General Services Administration’s technology transformation services, will step down from his role on Jan. 14 to join the private sector. Herman announced his move in a LinkedIn post published Monday.
 

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Vice Adm. Nancy Norton: DISA Eyes Industry Partnerships to Support Warfighters in Cyber Space

Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency, has said DISA believes that partnerships with industry could help lighten up the burden and result in stability that “can generate much-needed economic growth.” She noted in her opening remarks at DISA’s Forecast to Industry event in Linthicum, Md., how the agency builds up partnerships, introduce reforms to the Defense Department and boost warfighters’ lethality in support of Defense Secretary James Mattis’ three lines of effort, DISA said Monday.

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Pentagon Launches New Cyber Strategy

The Defense Department has released a new strategy that lays out its action plans to counter cybersecurity threats posed by Russia, China and other strategic competitors. A summary of DoD’s cyber strategy issued Tuesday states DoD’s cyber space goals such as the need to build up the joint force’s capability to carry out cyber operations that enhance the country’s military advantage; defend U.S. critical infrastructure from malicious threats; and secure the Pentagon’s information systems from cyber vulnerabilities.

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Ellen Lord: DoD to Make Procurement Authorities Clear to Acquisition Workforce

Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, has said she plans to look at all procurement authorities and contract vehicles the Defense Department implements in an effort to reform DoD’s business practices, DoD News reported Wednesday. “Then [we’ll take] examples of how these different acquisition authorities and contract types …

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