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DoD Awards $87M to Create BioMADE as New Manufacturing Innovation Institute; Michael Kratsios Quoted

Michael Kratsios

The Department of Defense (DoD) will provide $87 million in funds over seven years to establish the BioIndustrial Manufacturing and Design Ecosystem as a new manufacturing innovation institute. BioMADE, which was formed by the Engineering Biology Research Consortium, will be based at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul and will work with public and private organizations to develop bioindustrial manufacturing tech platforms.

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DOE, NASA Sign Collaboration Agreement to Tackle Space Opportunities; Jim Bridenstine Quoted

Jim Bridenstine

The Department of Energy and NASA have formed a new agreement in support of national space policies and the Artemis program, an effort to bring back manned space exploration. “This new MOU will continue our esteemed work together as this Administration strives to reach the next generation of space innovations and exploration,” said secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette.

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ECS Names Aaron Burciaga as Senior Director of AI, Analytics; George Wilson Quoted

Aaron Burciaga

ECS has appointed Aaron Burciaga as senior director of artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics, the company reported on Tuesday. Burciaga will collaborate with ECS’s national security and intelligence division to advance AI and machine learning (ML) solutions. Burciaga brings deep experience in startup and enterprise settings, with extensive knowledge in automation, data science, AI, and ML. 

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Mark Esper: DoD Needs 5% Budget Increase to Stay Ahead of Adversaries

Mark Esper

Mark Esper, the defense secretary and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, has said the Pentagon needs a 3 to 5 percent increase in budget to keep up with near-peer adversaries and boost military readiness. He noted that the DoD is looking to realign program funds and reform 2018 National Defense Strategy goals to ensure spending efficiency. 

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Space Force Eyes Commercial Satcom Partnerships, Official Personnel Name

Space Force

The U.S. Space Force is planning to launch more low-Earth orbit satellite programs and unveil an official name for its personnel ahead of the service branch’s first anniversary in December 2020. He added that Gen. John Raymond, the chief of space operations and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, intends to announce his long-term plans for the Space Force soon.

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DHS Launching R&D Projects on 5G Mobile Security; Christopher Krebs Quoted

Christopher Krebs

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is launching a research and development effort focused on mobile security as the country works to roll out 5G infrastructure. William Bryan, the acting undersecretary for science and technology, said S&T is currently working with the private sector in efforts to secure U.S. telecom infrastructure.

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Mark Esper: DoD Eyes Commercial Sealift Vessels for FY 2022 Budget

Mark Esper

Mark Esper, secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, has said that DoD plans to add commercial vessels for military sealift operations in its budget request for fiscal year 2022. The Department of Defense also needs “sufficient munitions” to ensure conflict preparedness, according to Esper.

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Aaron Weis: US Navy Transitioning to Zero Trust

Aaron Weis

Aaron Weis, chief information officer of the U.S. Navy and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the service is transitioning to a zero trust framework to better protect and defend its networks from cyber threats. He said the service will need time to reorganize its networks as it adopts the zero trust model and that “defense in depth” model. 

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Ryan McCarthy: Army Seeks to Free Up $10B More Through ‘Night Court’ in 2022

Ryan McCarthy

Ryan McCarthy, secretary of the U.S. Army and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the service intends to find $10 billion more in savings in 2022 through a “night court” process as it seeks to free up funds for modernization priorities and expects to make harder decisions in 2023.

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SOSi Partners with UiPath to Expand Automation Technologies; Julian Setian, Jim Walker Quoted

Julian Setian

SOS International (SOSi) has partnered with UiPath to automate high-volume, repetitive business processes to support critical U.S. Government missions. "Our partnership with UiPath will enhance our ability to offer state-of-the-art solutions on ongoing projects and position us for future opportunities," said Julian Setian, SOSi's CEO and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient.

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