Posts from GovConDaily 01/09/2017

NASA Wants Proposals for Webb Telescope’s Observations

NASA is seeking proposals for observations the James Webb Space Telescope will perform after its planned October 2018 launch, Space News reported Friday. Jeff Foust writes JWST officials said at a town hall meeting that one call for proposals is for astronomers that helped develop Webb telescope’s components while the other is for “early release” observations that all astronomers can propose…
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HPE’s Rob Roy Lists 2017 Federal Cyber Priorities

Rob Roy, chief technology officer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise‘s U.S. federal cybersecurity team, has listed what he sees as the top five cyber priorities across the federal government for 2017…
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Task Force Dagger Foundation, ACRES Aim to Advance Clinical Research in Support of SOCOM Members, Veterans

The Task Force Dagger Foundation and the Alliance for Clinical Research Excellence and Safety have teamed up to facilitate clinical research and provide healthcare support for U.S. Special Operations Command servicemembers, veterans and their families…
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Air Force Updates A-10C Airborne Recovery Tech; Timothy Gray Comments

The U.S. Air Force has begun installation of new lightweight airborne recovery systems on A-10C Thunderbolt II jets based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. The service branch said Friday its 309th Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Group is working to equip the A-10C fleet with LARS V-12 systems…
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Deborah Lee James: Super Hornets Cannot Replace F-35 Fighters

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James has said Boeing‘s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft cannot serve as a substitute for Lockheed Martin-built F-35 fighter jet, Defense News reported Friday. Valerie Insinna writes James told the publication the F/A-18 and F-35 aircraft “fulfill different requirements” since as former is a fourth-generation platform while the latter is a fifth-generation airplane…
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Reince Priebus: Trump Accepts Intell Community’s Conclusion on Russia-Linked Election Hacks

Reince Priebus, incoming White House chief of staff, has said President-elect Donald Trump has acknowledged the U.S. intelligence community’s findings that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election through cyber hacking operations, Reuters reported Monday…
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Jeh Johnson: Election Infrastructure Must Be Determined as Critical

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has said election infrastructure should be recognized as a subsector of the existing government facilities critical infrastructure sector and be a priority for cybersecurity assistance and protection…
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James Clapper: Foreign Counterparts Raise Concern Over ‘Disparagement’ of US Intell Community

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has said he has received concerns from foreign intelligence agencies about the “disparagement of the U.S. Intelligence Community” by President-elect Donald Trump, CNN reported Thursday…
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Naval Research Lab Uncovers Opposite Spin Polarization in Surface States of 2 Topological Insulators

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory scientists have discovered opposite spin polarization in the Dirac surface state of bismuth selenide, a topological insulator, and the two-dimensional electron gas surface state of a common semiconductor known as indium arsenide…
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VIDEO: Space Station Crew Members Conduct a Spacewalk for Battery Replacement on the Outpost

On the International Space Station, Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough and Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson of NASA floated outside the Quest airlock for a spacewalk to complete half of the work involved to swap out nickel-hydrogen batteries on the station’s truss with new lithium-ion batteries…
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