DHS S&T Funds Kynamics to Develop Language Translation Tool

The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has selected Kynamics to develop a portable language translation system with funds worth $192.5K. The California-based awardee will deliver this tool under the Silicon Valley Innovation Program to help the U.S. Coast Guard communicate with non-English speakers when required by missions. S&T issued the award through the Language Translator solicitation.

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18th Space Control Squadron Posts Space Debris Collision Forecasts Online; Lt. Col. Justin Sorice Quoted

The 18th Space Control Squadron has started sharing their forecasts on space debris-on-debris collisions through the Space-Track website. The squadron has increased the number of objects it screens daily by more than 350 percent, while it decreased the amount of monitored low to no-risk early conjunctions by over 30 percent as part of the Reduction of Conjunction Assessment Processing program.

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Marine Corps Looks to Expand C2, Expeditionary Base Operations

John Garner, program executive officer for land systems at the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), has said the service branch gears its current acquisition efforts toward expeditionary advance base operations (EABO) and distributed command and control.The Marine Corps is working on a small Common Aviation Command and Control (CAC2) System.

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Jennifer Edgin: Marine Corps Uses Blue Print to Guide Information Tech Pursuits

Jennifer Edgin, assistant deputy commandant for information at the U.S. Marine Corps, said the service is using a specific blueprint to guide the development of an information environment. The Marine Corps' 2019 information environment blueprint serves as a business model embodying the policies, design and services essential to USMC's information capabilities.

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Gen. John Murray on Further Dev’t, Testing of Army’s Integrated Tactical Network

Gen. John Murray, commanding general of the U.S. Army Futures Command (AFC) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, has said the Army's integrated tactical network (ITN) needs updated commercial technologies to operate at constrained bandwidth ranges. According to Murray, the network is the backbone of the Army's main operations. 

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Victoria Coleman Takes Oath as DARPA Director

Victoria Coleman, formerly senior adviser for microelectronics technology policy to the director of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) at the University of California, Berkeley, has formally assumed the role of director at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Coleman has succeeded Steven Walker, who vacated his post in 2019. 

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Akima CEO Bill Monet Receives First Wash100 Award From Executive Mosaic CEO Jim Garrettson

Bill Monet, CEO of Akima, earned his first Wash100 Award for his leadership and expertise over 30 years in the federal sector working with federal, state, local and commercial clients to drive company growth and expand its portfolio by securing major contracts across the government contracting (GovCon) sector. Executive Mosaic congratulates Akima and Bill Monet on his 2020 Wash100 Award.

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Steve Schulze Recognized by Meritorious Executive for Exceptional Federal Service

Steve Schulze, president of Patrona Corporation, has been recognized for his notable leadership and service to the nation prior to his retirement from the federal government by Meritorious Executive. The recognition is limited to only 5 percent of the Senior Executive Service. Schulze joined Patrona Corporation as vice president of Navy Technical Support Services in Sept. 2019. 

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NavalX to Advance DON Workforce Innovation; Potomac Officers Club to Host 2020 Navy Forum

NavalX has served as the Department of Navy (DON) workforce "super-connector." The agency is focused on scaling agility methods across the DON workforce, offering a culture of decentralized autonomy that has created an innovation landscape. NavalX has worked to connect isolated pockets of excellence to capture and scale the methodologies. 

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NASA Publishes Economic Impact Report; Jim Bridenstine Quoted

NASA has published the results of its agency wide economic impact report, showing that the agency has generated more than $64.3 billion in total economic output during fiscal year 2019, supported more than 312,000 jobs nationwide and generated an estimated $7 billion in federal, state, and local taxes throughout the nation. 

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