Army ERDC to Kick Off 4 Military Construction Projects in 2024
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by Naomi Cooper
20h ago
The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center has secured approval to commence the four key military construction projects in 2024 to help advance the Department of Defense’s critical technology areas.  ERDC said Tuesday that the projects, totaling $43 million, include the expansion of the permafrost tunnel at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Fox, Alaska, and the construction of the Projection Penetration Research Facility and Military Pavements Research Facility at the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory in Vicksburg, Mississippi. ERDC will also begin t ..read more
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David Mussington: CISA Working on ‘Physical Security Performance Goals’
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by Jane Edwards
20h ago
David Mussington, executive assistant director for infrastructure security at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said CISA is developing “physical security performance goals” amid increasing threats to critical infrastructure, Federal News Network reported Friday. “Right now, they’re in interagency coordination,” Mussington told FNN in an interview.  “At some point in the future, after the interagency has their say, we’ll be doing coordination with stakeholders in different industry domains, to try and make sure that we have customized goals and practices that are refin ..read more
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NIST to Evaluate Societal Impacts of AI Systems Through ARIA Program
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by Jane Edwards
20h ago
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has launched a new program aimed at assessing the societal impacts and risks of artificial intelligence tools. NIST said Tuesday the ARIA program, which stands for Assessing Risks and Impacts of AI, will help develop a set of metrics and methodologies to quantify how AI systems function within societal contexts once fielded. Results from the ARIA program will help inform the U.S. AI Safety Institute’s testing efforts to establish the foundation for the development of trustworthy and secure AI systems. “The ARIA program is designed to meet real ..read more
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William White Receives Nomination to Serve on Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
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by Naomi Cooper
20h ago
William “Ike” White, senior adviser to the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management since 2019, has been nominated by President Biden to serve on the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. DOE said Tuesday it has selected senior adviser Candice Robertson to lead EM and oversee its environmental cleanup missions. White is credited with helping EM advance its liquid waste treatment systems, including beginning operations at the Savannah River Site’s Salt Waste Processing Facility, completing construction of the facilities supporting the Hanford Site’s Direct Feed Low-Activity ..read more
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FCC Space Bureau Seeks Additional Comments on Orbital Debris Mitigation Rules
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by Naomi Cooper
20h ago
The Federal Communications Commission’s Space Bureau is seeking additional comments on previously proposed rule changes regarding the mitigation of orbital debris in the new space age. In a Federal Register notice published Tuesday, the FCC said it seeks to take into consideration its experiences gained in the satellite licensing process, various market developments and improvements in mitigation practices and technologies. In 2020, the FCC sought comments on a further notice of proposed rulemaking on amendments to its orbital debris mitigation rules. The Space Bureau aims to refresh the recor ..read more
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New State Department Strategy Seeks to Maximize Benefits of Open Source Intelligence for Diplomatic Missions
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by Jerry Petersen
20h ago
The Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research has released its first-ever strategy on the development of policy and guidance that would govern the use of open source intelligence, or OSINT. Defined as “intelligence derived exclusively from publicly or commercially available information that addresses specific intelligence priorities, requirements, or gaps,” OSINT is seen by the INR as “an invaluable resource” that can benefit diplomatic objectives, the newly-issued Open Source Intelligence Strategy says. According to Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research Br ..read more
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Defense Department Issues CSO for AI-Powered Biosurveillance Data Analysis Platform
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by Jerry Petersen
20h ago
The Department of Defense is seeking a cloud-based information technology capability that will be used by analysts under the agency’s biosurveillance program to help mitigate health and biological threats. The capability is envisioned as an artificial intelligence and machine learning-powered platform that would enable analysts to address biosurveillance queries by ingesting data and providing anticipatory analysis, according to a commercial solutions opening posted on the Defense Innovation Unit website. The same system would also work to provide all levels of command with situational awarene ..read more
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Aeyon-Palantir Team to Lead Navy GFP Remediation Pilot Program Under New Contract; Pat Collins & Akash Jain Quoted
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by Ireland Degges
20h ago
Aeyon and Palantir have secured a contract from the U.S. Department of the Navy to manage the Government Furnished Property, or GFP, Remediation Pilot Program, which targets audit issues associated with the service branch’s GFP inventory. As program leaders, the two companies will identify ways to improve the Navy’s GFP management capabilities and work with the government to find appropriate candidates, Aeyon told ExecutiveGov on Wednesday. “We are thrilled to have been selected by the DON for this important initiative. This contract underscores our commitment to driving innovation and de ..read more
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Charles River Analytics Creates Installation Risk Assessment Toolkit for Air Force
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by Christine Thropp
20h ago
Charles River Analytics has developed a toolkit under a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research funding from the Air Force Civil Engineer Center to support installation security and risk assessment decision-making of the U.S. Air Force. The Real-Time Assessment and Decision Interactive, or READI, Toolkit is designed to characterize potential threats and provide service members with risk assessments and insights into securing installations by utilizing probabilistic programming and deep learning approaches as well as ecological situation awareness visualizations, the Cambridge, Massachusett ..read more
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Harry Coker: Federal Agencies Advance Resource Public Key Infrastructure Adoption
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by Jane Edwards
2d ago
White House National Cyber Director Harry Coker said he expects more than 50 percent of all advertised federal internet protocol space will advance use of secure routing agreements by the end of 2024 as part of efforts to accelerate implementation of Resource Public Key Infrastructure, or RPKI, Federal News Network reported Thursday. “We recognize that implementing RPKI is a first step in improving internet routing security,” Coker said Thursday during his address at an event. “Collectively, we have much more to do to secure the technical foundations of the Internet going forward, and we look ..read more
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