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U.S. Navy Consolidates IT, Network Authorities Under JADC2 Project Office

U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy has moved authorities over information technology systems and networks to a newly established office overseeing Project Overmatch that seeks to turn the Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) concept into a reality. The changes provide Rear Adm. Douglas Small, head of Project Overmatch, authorities to manage acquisition and sustainment and research and development programs related to warfighting networks.

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White House to Invest $250M in HHS Health Literacy Program to Support Underserved Populations

COVID-19 Vaccination

The White House announced that it will make a $250 million investment to promote COVID-19 vaccination and safety among racial and ethnic minority populations and other underserved populations and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will provide the funds in the form of health literacy grants. Applications for the new initiative are due April 20th.

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Gen. Mark Milley: NSA-Cybercom Split Could Impact Flow of Signals Intelligence

Gen. Mark Milley

Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a four-time Wash100 Award, said the organizational criteria for separating the National Security Agency from Cyber Command have not yet been met and that the split will impact the military’s access to signals intelligence. “For us in the military, the signals intelligence we get from the NSA is ... unbelievably good,” Milley told reporters.

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FAA Partners With Oklahoma’s Choctaw Nation to Study UAS Integration Into National Airspace; Michelle Coppedge Quoted

Federal Aviation

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma will jointly research unmanned aircraft system-assisted cargo transportation to advance the national airspace system. “Our goal is to advance the development and integration of UAS into what is already a complex national airspace system,” said Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center Director Michelle Coppedge.

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DHS-Funded Navigation App Helps First Responders Determine Optimal Routes for Emergency Vehicles

DHS

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) funded Azimuth1 to develop an app that helps first responders navigate travel routes with consideration to the emergency vehicle's physical specifications. The app is designed to recognize and provide information on external hazards, including narrow lanes, damaged power lines and cold weather.

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AFRL Conducts Second Flight Test for Collaborative Small Diameter Bomb

CSDB

The U.S. Air Force has concluded the second flight test of collaborative small diameter bombs (CSDB) under the Golden Horde Vanguard program, which aims to demonstrate networked collaborative weapons. CSDB uses collaborative autonomy payloads to react to battlespace changes without direct human intervention. The bombs attack targets based on pre-programmed engagement rules.

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DOD Chooses Virginia Tech to Lead Acquisition Research Hub

Virginia Tech

The Department of Defense has tapped Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University along with two other institutions to lead a center that seeks to augment the Defense Acquisition System's efficiency. The Acquisition Innovation and Research Center will explore approaches in procuring resources and products that could support the U.S. military. 

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DOE Invests $24 Million to Advance Transformational Air Pollution Capture; Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Jennifer Granholm

The Department of Energy (DOE) plans to invest $24 million in research projects on carbon capture technologies, as the U.S. continues to address climate change. DOE said Friday that it needs technologies that can directly absorb carbon emissions from the air in a way similar to the photosynthesis of plants.

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Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost Named TRANSCOM Commander

Jacqueline Van Ovost

U.S. Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost has been appointed to serve as commander at the U.S. Transportation Command.  Van Ovost is currently assigned to Scott Air Force Base in Illinois as commander of the Air Mobility Command. Van Ovost logged 4,200 mission hours as a command pilot aboard various aircraft such as the C-32A, KC-135R, F-15B and T-38A air vehicles.

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President Biden Names Timothy Wu as Special Assistant for Tech, Competition Policy

Timothy Wu

President Biden has appointed Timothy Wu, formerly a senior adviser at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as special assistant to the president for technology and competition policy. Wu, a professor at Columbia Law School, said in a tweet that he will join the White House as part of the National Economic Council (NEC).

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