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Monday, September 20th, 2021


KBR, Adarga form AI partnership

Global technology firm KBR has formed a partnership with artificial intelligence (AI) analytics software developer Adarga as a means of bolstering defense and national security initiatives, officials said. Authorities indicated the collaboration would result in the integration of Adarga's AI... Read More »

DHS funds earmarked for explosives, drugs detection

South Dakota-based Synthetik Applied Technologies, LLC has secured a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program award to develop explosives and illicit drugs detection technology. Officials indicated Synthetik Applied Technologies, LLC was selected... Read More »

DHS funds earmarked for UAS counter research

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has earmarked over $1 million for research on countering potential unmanned aerial systems (UAS) threats. The funding allotment to the University of North Dakota (UND) stemmed from the efforts of Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) as a member of the Senate Homeland... Read More »

Lawmakers urge Biden to reduce role of nuclear weapons

U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and other Congress members urged President Joe Biden to limit the role of nuclear weapons in the country’s national security. In a letter to the President, the group pointed to Biden’s longstanding commitment to reducing the role of nuclear weapons, and... Read More »

Boeing tests advanced missile defense system

Boeing officials joined Missile Defense Agency (MDA) personnel in touting the recent successful demonstration of an advanced interceptor capability for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system. The exercise would assist in achieving the overarching goal of defending the nation from... Read More »

Bechtel details chemical weapons destruction campaign

Bechtel officials said the engineering, construction and project management company recently destroyed the final inventory of projectiles containing mustard agent. The company's Kentucky team initiated the third of five chemical weapons destruction initiatives completed at the Blue Grass... Read More »

BAE Systems secures DARPA aircraft design pact

BAE Systems officials said the firm has secured a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contract to design a full scale demonstrator aircraft concept with Active Flow Control. “BAE Systems has been at the forefront of digital design for more than 20 years," Tom Fillingham, senior... Read More »

KBR touts successful air defense system demonstration

Global technology firm KBR is espousing the benefits of its recent successful demonstration of its Directed Energy Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense (DE M-SHORAD) Combat Shoot-Off (CSO) system. Army soldiers executed a series of vignettes demonstrating laser-equipped Stryker capabilities against... Read More »

Lawmakers lament Taliban cabinet appointments

A pair of lawmakers have forwarded correspondence to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, expressing disapproval of the Taliban’s recently announced cabinet appointees. Reps. John Katko (R-NY), ranking member of the House Committee on Homeland Security and August Pfluger (R-TX),... Read More »

Lawmakers seek Afghanistan evacuation guidance

A group of lawmakers have forwarded correspondence to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, seeking guidance regarding the evacuation of Americans and others from Afghanistan. Representatives Ami Bera (D-CA), Zoe Lofgen (D-CA), and Jerry Nadler... Read More »

Measure targets U.S-Israel AI development

A group of lawmakers have introduced a bill that seeks to establish a U.S.-Israel Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research and Development Center. Reps. Jake Auchincloss (D-MA), Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), Grace Meng (D-NY), Dean Phillips (D-MN), and Mike Waltz (R-FL) presented the legislation as a... Read More »

Caucus targets U.S.-spearheaded global vaccination effort

A group of lawmakers launched the COVID-19 Global Vaccination Caucus, which they said would advocate for vaccines as a means of ending the COVID-19 pandemic. Reps. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Jake Auchincloss (D-MA) along with... Read More »

DARPA sensor system transitions to Air Force

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) said a sensor system developed under the Arrays at Commercial Timescales - Integration and Validation (ACT-IV) program has transitioned to the Air Force. DARPA indicated Northrop Grumman, which serves as the ACT-IV program primary research... Read More »

TSA to acquire additional CT x-ray scanners

Analogic Corporation has secured a $198 million Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agreement to secure mid-sized Computed Tomography (CT) x-ray systems for TSA checkpoints. “This award is another important step in enhancing aviation security,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske... Read More »