Posts from GovConDaily for 03/09/2018

Air Force Vet Lisa Disbrow Appointed Johns Hopkins APL Senior Fellow

Lisa Disbrow, former undersecretary and acting secretary of the U.S. Air Force, has been named a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory. She will work with APL’s technical professionals to help inform policy and technology decisionmaking in the U…
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Report: David Norquist Asks Lawmakers for Defense Spending Flexibility in FY 2018

David Norquist, Defense Department comptroller, has urged lawmakers to give DoD more spending flexibility in fiscal year 2018 across three areas, Breaking Defense reported Wednesday. U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, an inductee into the 2018 Wash100, told reporters that Norquist asked lawmakers to loosen the 80:20 rule, which prohibits federal agencies from spending more than 20 percent of their budget in the last two months of the fiscal year…
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Accenture Helps Politico Create Global AI Forum

Politico has selected Accenture to be the founding partner of a global artificial intelligence forum that aims to educate business and government leaders on the impact and use of AI technology. Accenture said Thursday the program will involve a series of AI summits and roundtable discussions across Europe and U…
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AFRL Tests New Explosive Co-Developed With Aerojet Rocketdyne

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory has conducted a test to validate the sympathetic reaction of a new safety-oriented explosive co-developed with Aerojet Rocketdyne. The MNX-770 Mod 1 explosive is being developed for use in 500-pound BLU-111 and 1000-pound BLU-110 general purpose bombs, which are also referred to as the Mk-82 and the Mk-83, respectively, the company said Thursday…
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General Atomics Demos Acoustic Surveillance Tech for Counter-UAS Missions

General Atomics‘ electromagnetic systems business demonstrated an acoustic detection system during an event held at the U.S. Army‘s Fires Center of Excellence in Lawton, Oklahoma. The company said Thursday it was invited to showcase the Fencepost platform at the  annual Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment in support of counter-unmanned aerial system missions…
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Report: Army Seeks to Achieve Readiness Goals by 2022

The U.S. Army aims to reach full readiness recovery by 2022 through equipment upgrades, investments in preferred munitions and force expansion, Military.com reported Wednesday. Lt. Gen. John Murray, deputy chief of staff for Army G-8, said at the 9th Annual Defense Programs Conference hosted by McAleese and Associates, that the Army has made “significant investments” in key munitions to compensate for under-investing in preferred munitions that were used up in Iraq and Afghanistan…
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Juniper’s David Mihelcic: Federal IT Leaders Should Use Network Elements in Cyber Threat Detection

David Mihelcic, federal chief technology and strategy officer at Juniper Networks, has said federal information technology administrators should leverage firewalls, switches, routers and other network components to protect agency networks from cyber threats amid the prevalence of internet-connected devices…
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Vice Adm. Karl Schultz Nominated U.S. Coast Guard Commandant

President Donald Trump has nominated Vice Adm. Karl Schultz, commander of U.S. Coast Guard‘s Atlantic area, to serve as the next leader of USCG. Schultz holds more than 35 years of USCG leadership experience that includes various collaborations with other Department of Homeland Security components and the Defense Department, DHS said Thursday…
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Inspector General: 64 of DHS’ National Security, Unclassified Systems Lack Authority to Operate

The Department of Homeland Security‘s inspector general evaluated DHS’ information security program for fiscal 2017 in compliance with the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 and found that 64 of its national security and unclassified systems lacked authority to operate…
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Senate Confirms Jeff Pon as OPM Director, Michael Rigas as Deputy Director

The Senate has confirmed Jeff Pon, former chief human resources and strategy officer at the Society for Human Resource Management, as the Office of Personnel Management‘s next director, Federal News Radio reported Thursday…
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GetSAT to Provide Satellite Terminals for US Government’s Communications-On-The-Move Requirement

GetSAT has received a multimillion dollar contract to supply land and maritime variants of the company’s micronized communications terminal to the U.S. government. The government has selected GetSAT’s MicroSAT and MiliSAT L/M platforms that are designed to support Ka- and Ku-band communications on-the-move, the company said Friday…
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VA, CMS Announce Healthcare IT Initiatives

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have launched separate healthcare information technology initiatives at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Conference in Las Vegas…
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VIDEO: Army Values: Loyalty

The seven core Army values are what being a Soldier is all about. Learn more about the Army’s values https://www.army.mil/values/. Loyalty: Bear true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, the Army, your unit and other Soldiers…
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