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Army Develops Collective Environment for Black Hawk Aircrew Training

The U.S. Army's Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center has developed a new training environment for UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crews, DVIDS reported Monday. The Collective Aircrew Proficiency Environment updates the three-year-old Black Hawk Aircrew Trainer and allows crews to train in a platform where visuals and audio can be sensed concurrently.

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Navy Plans to Open Virtual Training Facility in 2019

The U.S. Navy plans to inaugurate a new virtual training facility that would be open to industry, the government and the academe, National Defense Magazine reported Friday. The facility, consisting of 14 workstations, would begin operations in January 2019 at the Orlando-based Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division.

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Air Force to Extend Space Training, Require Top Security Clearance

Brig. Gen. DeAnna Burt, U.S. Air Force Space Command director of operations and communications, recently announced that the Undergraduate Space Training program is being expanded from 77 days to 111 days, Federal News Network reported. Trainees will also be taught to visually identify threats in space. This new requirement will necessitate top secret clearance for those undergoing UST.

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GAO: VA Should Address Contracting Officers’ Training Needs in Veterans First Program Implementation

The Government Accountability Office has called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide contracting officers with more training in implementing a program that aims to support veteran-owned small businesses through contract opportunities. GAO said in a report published Wednesday that it interviewed 30 contracting officers and found that 12 of them encountered difficulty in making "fair and reasonable price" assessments of contract awards under the Veterans First program.

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GAO: Information Sharing Could Help Keep Competitive Edge in Synthetic Biology, Quantum Computing

The Government Accountability Office has outlined potential measures the U.S. government should consider to maintain the country’s competitive edge in synthetic biology, quantum computing and other research areas. Those considerations include the information sharing; development of a strategic approach to convene potential partners through consortia; emphasis on technology development and commercialization; and talent recruitment, training and employee retention to build up the science and technology workforce, GAO said in a report published Wednesday.

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GAO: Air Force to Deploy New Combat Rescue Helicopters to Active Component by FY 2020

The Government Accountability Office has found that the U.S. Air Force intends to start fielding in fiscal 2020 new Combat Rescue Helicopters to replace aging HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters that have recorded the most flight time when it comes to staff recovery missions. GAO said in a report published Thursday the service will initially deploy the new helicopters to the active component six years ahead of the reserve component and to the Air National Guard by 2027.

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Army Teams Complete Training With Raytheon-Made Weapon System

Teams from the U.S. Army have completed training for a new weapon system as part of the Atlantic Resolve effort that aims to rotate troops within the European theater to protect NATO allies within the region. The Army said Tuesday the teams underwent 40 hours of training on using the Javelin system through a computer-based basic skills …

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