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Air Force’s Jazmin Furtado, Chris Dylewski on Moving Beyond Service-Wide AI Innovation

F-16 Fighter Jet

U.S. Air Force officials Capt. Jazmin Furtado and Capt. Chris Dylewski have said the service branch must position itself to address emerging artificial intelligence threats to avoid lagging behind in the global competitive landscape. Furtado and Dylewski’s comments come after the Air Force and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency completed the AlphaDogfight trials which assessed the performance of AI-enabled fighter aircraft.

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Tarak Shah, David Huizenga to Lead Biden Administration’s DOE

Dept. of Energy

Tarak Shah, an experienced energy policy expert, and David Huizenga, associate principal deputy administrator for the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), have been appointed to serve as DOE's chief of staff and acting secretary, respectively. Both Shah and Huizenga will lead DOE under the Biden-Harris Administration in support of newly inaugurated President Biden, the department said Thursday.

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Sen. Jack Reed Poised to Lead Senate Armed Services Committee

Sen. Jack Reed

Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., will assume leadership of the Senate Armed Services Committee once U.S. senators hammer out a power-sharing arrangement between the Democratic and Republican members of an evenly divided Senate. Reed will succeed Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and lead hearings the panel will hold to gather information about President Joe Biden's nominees for Department of Defense leadership positions.

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Lt. Gen. Shaun Morris on AFLCMC’s Push for 5G, Digital Engineering Efforts

Lt. Gen. Shaun Morris

 Lt. Gen. Shaun Morris, commander of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), said in a recent address that the center has invested significantly in technologies like 5G to help promote efficiency across military bases. “As an Air Force, I think it is important to capitalize off what we’ve done and not lose sight of these investments,” said Morris.

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Army Senior Scientist Stephen Lee: Interdisciplinary Collaboration Leads to Innovation

Stephen Lee

Stephen Lee, senior scientist for interdisciplinary sciences at the U.S. Army Research Office, said innovation mostly stems from the combination of multiple scientific disciplines. The scientist noted that interdisciplinary collaboration opens opportunities to engage in new research areas that may support soldier performance, the Army said Thursday. Fido is designed to detect explosive vapors.

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CBP Named Authorized Economic Operator Under US-UK Supply Chain Agreement; William Ferrara Quoted

William Ferrara

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has entered into an agreement with its U.K. counterpart to certify both countries’ economic operator programs in a push to accelerate supply-chain security. CBP said Thursday that the agreement validates the agency under the U.K.'s Authorised Economic Operators initiative and approves CBP participation in the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT). 

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DOD’s Alka Patel: AI Ethics Must Apply to All Military AI Systems

Alka Patel

Alka Patel, who leads artificial intelligence ethics policy at the Joint AI Center (JAIC), said Department of Defense (DOD) officials believe ethical concerns must be applied to the technology's design and use. The board created the principles with the help of AI experts, U.S. citizens and military leaders. DOD will move forward to implement the principles across the military's AI applications, she said.

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Senate Confirms Gen. Lloyd Austin as Defense Secretary

Gen. Lloyd Austin

The Senate has confirmed Gen. Lloyd Austin as Secretary of Defense in a 93-2 vote on Friday. President Biden said that Austin has “intimate knowledge of the Department of Defense,” which will support Biden's defense initiatives. His confirmation follows Congress' approval of the waiver to facilitate Austin’s confirmation on Thursday. 

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Biden Administration Names Steve Jurczyk as Acting NASA Administrator

Steve Jurczyk

President Biden's administration has appointed Steve Jurczyk, NASA’s associate administrator, to serve as the agency’s acting administrator until the role is permanently filled. Jurczyk has served with NASA since May 2018. “We also could not be prouder of how every civil servant and contractor has stepped up to move the NASA mission forward,” Jurczyk and White House appointee Bhavya Lal wrote in the joint message

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GDIT Wins Spot on State Department’s $3.3B Global Support Strategy Contract

General Dynamics

General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) has been awarded a position on the U.S. Department of State's ten-year, $3.3 billion Global Support Strategy (GSS) 2.0 indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle. “We have been providing visa-related services to the U.S. Department of State for more than 20 years,” said Paul Nedzbala, GDIT senior vice president for the federal civilian division.

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