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AFCEA Leadership Series: Good Leaders Never Stop Learning

By Sandra Jontz

It’s not just superiors who can impart knowledge that makes young military officers good leaders. Skippers glean knowledge too from peers and subordinates, says Vice Adm. Doug Crowder, USN (Ret.).



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Ocean Drone Collects Data During Typhoon Rammasun
By Cyndy Hogan

An ocean drone collected and transmitted weather data during one of Asia’s biggest typhoons this month. This information will allow scientists to better predict intensities of typhoons, cyclones and hurricanes with the goal of saving lives and minimizing property damage.

Podcast Player Boosts Sound and Speed
By Rachel Lilly

Do you love listening to podcasts? The new Overcast app, developed by Marco Arment, co-founder of Tumblr and creator of Instapaper, offers a simple, intuitive interface to listen to all your favorites.

Veterans Affairs Awards Contract to Help Veterans in Rural Areas Access Services
By Sandra Jontz

The Department of Veterans Affairs hired a contractor to help veterans who live in rural areas learn to acccess and navigate technical programs that will give them better access to their medical records.

From Softball Question to Headline News Home Run
By George I. Seffers

It’s traditional for journalists to end an interview with some version of the question, “What would you like to add?” On the surface, it is the softest of softball questions, but for one interview, it led to headline news.

Legislation Aims to Modernize National Labs
By George I. Seffers

U.S. representatives from both parties have introduced the Department of Energy (DOE) Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act of 2014, a companion bill to the Senate’s America INNOVATES Act (S. 1973). The bills would bring the U.S. national lab system into the 21st century.

Veterans Affairs Awards Contract as Part of Transformation Program
By Sandra Jontz

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Information and Technology awarded a contract for technical management support services for its Health Products Support, an effort to provide seamless benefits and services to U.S. veterans.

Training App Can Elevate Your Brain
By Rachel Lilly

From Candy Crush to Dots, addicting game apps have become a popular way to banish boredom. But what if you could combine entertainment with brain training to improve your critical cognitive skills, boost productivity and gain self-confidence?

National Labs and Industry Partner to Train Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Specialists
By George I. Seffers

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory join Bechtel BNI to train a new class of cyberdefense professionals. The program is designed to allow the national labs to recruit and rapidly develop cybersecurity specialists who can guide research at their respective institutions and create solutions that meet the cyberdefense needs of private industry.

Cryptography Advisory Group Addresses NIST Ties to NSA
By George I. Seffers

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) primary external advisory board today announced a report calling for the agency to increase its staff of cryptography experts and to implement more explicit processes for ensuring openness and transparency to strengthen its cryptography efforts. In making its recommendations, the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT) specifically addressed NIST’s interactions with the National Security Agency (NSA).

U.S. Army Seeks Lightweight Common Robotic System
By George I. Seffers

Responses to request for information are due August 15.


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