Army Deploys Cyber Warriors
The U.S. Army’s European Command has launched its first cyber-intelligence units to counter growing online threats. The Army’s 5th Signal Command in
Grants for Real ID
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is offering states two grant programs to assist with Real ID implementation. Under the Real ID Demonstration Grant Program, a total of $31.3 million is available to states for projects that check motor vehicle records in other states to verify that applicants do not hold multiple licenses and that compare applicant information against data on file in federal records. States competing for this grant should submit proposals that demonstrate how other states could use, modify or transfer a personal identification verification system or established architecture designed and developed with federal funding. The Real ID Vital Events Verification State Project Grant dedicates a total of $4 million to projects that verify vital records such as birth records.
GSA Names Alliant Award Winners
The U.S. General Services Administration has chosen the 62 firms that are now eligible to receive business from government agencies under the Alliant Small Business contract. The contract is the first small business set-aside governmentwide acquisition contract (GWAC). One of the goals of the award, valued at up to $15 billion, is to provide agencies with a global, centralized source for acquiring integrated information technology solutions. The contract streamlines purchasing management and technical support services processes, making it easier for government agencies to meet their small business contracting goals.
Tiny Flying Machines Go Into Production
A small, lightweight micro air vehicle (MAV) has been approved for full-rate production and deployment to
Bringing Lasers Down to Size
The U.S. Air Force is funding a project that is creating fiber-lasers as thin as a human hair. Researchers at the Arizona Center for Mathematical Sciences have developed the technology, and the service believes additional development of the ultra-fast laser will provide compact and cost-effective solutions applicable for use in a number of its technologies. The research team already has developed technologies that facilitate the integration of laser-active ions into fully functional fiber-laser devices. It is now exploring new military applications in the areas of material processing, nonlinear optics and terahertz remote sensing.
Venue Announced for Wearable Power Competition
The U.S. Defense Department will hold the inaugural $1.75 million Wearable Power Prize competition at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) in Twentynine Palms,
System Matches Experts to Position Openings
Functional area managers and personnel specialists in the U.S. Air Force now have a tool that enables commanders to measure how staff cuts and force-shaping personnel reductions impact warfighting. The posturing analysis tool matches data from the Deliberate Crisis Action Planning and Execution Segments with unit manpower document authorizations from the Manpower Programming and Execution System. Maj. Gen. Anthony Przybyslawski, USAF, commander, Air Force Personnel Center, describes the tool as a way “of balancing our capabilities checkbook.” Authorized personnel can download the tool at the Air Force Functional Area Manager’s Community of Practice.
Military health care databases are being enhanced so the U.S. Defense Department and Department of Veterans Affairs can both access mutual patients’ information. The Bidirectional Health Information Exchange and the Clinical Data Repository/Health Data Repository interfaces will facilitate interoperability and improve continuity of patient care by synchronizing data such as clinic visits, medical procedures performed and health problems. In addition, the interfaces will allow the departments to access combat zone data from the Theater Medical Data Store.
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