Tag Archives: science and technology

House Panels Call on Biden Administration for Partnerships on U.S. Research Security

U.S. Research Security

The members of two House panels have written to President Biden seeking collaborations to ensure the safety of U.S. academic research initiatives against foreign influence. They noted in the letter that an effective approach entails transparency on security risks, coordination on research security requirements and commitment to collaboration and openness.

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DOE Scientists Talk Research Needs for AI Algorithm Security, Trustworthiness; Fred Streitz, Irene Qualters Quoted

AI Algorithms

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico is launching efforts to fortify artificial intelligence algorithms to prevent system threats and improve AI awareness and understanding. Fred Streitz, chief AI scientist at DOE’s AI and Technology Office, noted that the U.S. must work to drive AI deployment in “mission-critical areas where there are real-world consequences”.

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GAO Reports on Agencies’ Progress in Implementing Recommendations to Strengthen Federal Science and Tech Workforce

Federal Science and

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report summarizing its insights on previous work and recommendations encompassing three areas for building up the federal workforce in science and technology. “We testified that while agencies have implemented some of our prior recommendations, they haven't fully implemented others,” GAO said in the report.

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DHS Issues Multiple Contract Awards for CISA-Supported Network Security Project

DHS

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) has awarded new research and development contracts for a network security program in partnership with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The first seven awards under the new Secure and Resilient Mobile Network Infrastructure project will tackle legacy network security, end-to-end network traffic protection and 5G security development. 

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President Biden Directs Establishment of S&T Advisory Council

White House

President Biden has issued an executive order directing the creation of an interdisciplinary group of experts that will provide advisory support on science and technology. The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology will be co-chaired by the “science adviser” or the assistant to the president for S&T and have up to 26 members including engineers, scientists and other professionals.

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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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U.S. State Dept, Greece Partner for Joint S&T Pursuits

State Dept.

The U.S. and Greece have signed an agreement to jointly explore science and technology opportunities while protecting the intellectual property rights of inventors and researchers. Mike Pompeo, secretary of state, and Adonis Georgiadis, development and investments minister of Greece, signed the U.S.-Greece S&T Agreement at a ceremony held Monday.

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House Panel’s Draft DHS Appropriations Bill Includes $50B for DHS; $2.25B for CISA

CISA

The House Appropriations Committee on Monday released a draft bill that would authorize $50.72 billion in fiscal year 2021 discretionary funds for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The measure would provide the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) with $2.25B in FY 2021 funds, reflecting a $239.1 million increase from FY 2020.

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Senate Panel OKs $740.5B National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2021

U.S. Capitol

The Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday passed a $740.5 billion defense policy bill for fiscal year 2021 in a 25-2 vote. The Senate panel said the U.S. military advantage in ground, aerial, space, cyber space and maritime domains should be protected and the FY21 NDAA seeks accelerate innovation to allow the country to better compete with Russia and China.

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GAO Seeks to Expand Science & Technology Assessment Team

The Government Accountability Office said it intends to “continue to build its capacity” to meet congressional demand for science and technology activities through the agency’s new Science, Technology Assessment and Analytics arm.

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