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Man-powered Submarine Debuts in Netherlands

March 23, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor

A team of students from Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, will use this year's Undersea Defence Technology exhibition to present a revolutionary man-powered submarine. The group, known as WASUB, designed the craft to break the world speed record for a single-person propeller driven submarine. 

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U.S. Commerce Department Grants $10 Million to Advance Innovation
March 31, 2015
By George I. Seffers

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has announced the first 26 recipients of the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program grants as part of a new initiative designed to advance innovation and capacity-building activities across the country.

For Government Senior Executive Service, It Is Time for Continuous Access to Top, Fresh Talent
March 30, 2015
By Terry Roberts

Guest blogger Terry Roberts shares concerns about the ability of government to continuously attract, recruit and enable top talent of all ages, educational and experiential backgrounds. After all, organizations and companies alike are only as good as their leadership talent pool.

NPR Video of NASA's Reid Wiseman ISS Mission Captures Amazing Photos, Humor
March 27, 2015
By Sandra Jontz

National Public Radio released a humorous, touching and all-around awesome video today, capturing tweets and photographs by NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, who launched to the International Space Station in May 2014 for a six-month space mission.

Embracing Data Center Consolidation with Holistic, Integrated Monitoring
March 27, 2015
By Chris LaPoint

Just when you thought consolidation was a good thing. Guest blogger Chris LaPoint addresses the issue caused by consolidation of federal data centers and the added workload for administrators of the remaining centers who must manage the growing infrastructure—and all of the problems that brings—while still meeting service levels required by end users. 

Government to Facilitate Testing, Sharing of Results for Spectrum Sharing
March 27, 2015
By Sandra Jontz

U.S. federal agencies signed an agreement that sets the charter for the National Advanced Spectrum and Communications Test Network to create a collaborative framework with an eventual goal of facilitating access to a wide range of testing that supports the sharing of the finite spectrum resource.

President Names Departments to Lead Broadband Initiatives
March 23, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor

The U.S. Commerce Department and U.S. Department of Agriculture have been named co-chairs of the Broadband Opportunity Council, a new federal government initiative aimed at increasing broadband investment and reducing barriers to broadband deployment and adoption. 

Disrupting Intelligence
March 20, 2015
By Bill Nolte

Guest blogger Bill Nolte discusses the need for a strategic review of America's intelligence.

Improved Security Slipping Through the Video Vortex
March 18, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor

Nearly all participants in a survey about video surveillance technology agreed that with the quantity of video data exploding, the potential for enhanced situational awareness and better intelligence is massive, but only if it is analyzed.

Asia-Pacific: Fastest Growing Biometrics Market Worldwide
March 18, 2015
By George I. Seffers

According to a new report by Strategic Defence Intelligence (SDI), Asia-Pacific will be the fastest growing government biometrics market globally, due to large-scale government national identification and e-passport programs. 

Agile Contracting is on the Horizon
March 16, 2015
By Suzanne Petrie Liscouski

Guest blogger Suzanne Petrie Liscouski recaps one panel discussion from the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference on agile principles in procurement and goals, including successes with agile development and agile operations and maintenance.


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