Posts from GovConDaily for 10/20/2017

Navy to Christen Future USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams

The U.S. Navy has announced that it will christen the Expeditionary Sea Base 4 to be named USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams on Oct. 1, 2017 at General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego. The Navy said Thursday Maj…
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IARPA Awards Biometric Presentation Attack Detection Contracts

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has awarded four contracts under a multiyear project that aims to develop and evaluate biometric presentation attack detection technologies. Teams led by Cross Match Technologies, SRI International, Michigan State University and University of Southern California will explore new algorithms, tools and sensors to detect presentation attacks as part of Odin program’s Thor component, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said Thursday…
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Army Soldiers Test New Laser Targeting System in Alaska

U.S. Army soldiers from the 8th Field Artillery Regiment have tested a new laser targeting system at the Cold Regions Test Center in Alaska. The service branch said Thursday the Joint Effects Targeting System Target Laser Designation System helped forward observation teams detect, identify and recognize targets within a tactical environment…
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DoD, HHS Leaders: Information Sharing With Industry is Key to Mitigate Ransomware

Mitchell Komaroff, principal adviser for cybersecurity strategy, planning and oversight at the Defense Department, has said DoD collaborates with industry partners to help mitigate threats such as ransomware, FedTech reported Thursday…
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Rose Gottemoeller: Cyber Attacks Could Hamper NATO Missions, Collective Defense Efforts

Rose Gottemoeller, deputy secretary general of NATO, has said she believes cybersecurity attacks could undermine the international alliance’s missions and hamper collective defense initiatives with its allies…
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SpaceX Lands $97M NASA Contract for Ocean Topography Mission Launch Services

SpaceX has secured a $97 million contract from NASA to launch a satellite that will work to continue a long-term effort to measure the height of the global sea surface. NASA said Friday it expects the Sentinel-6A spacecraft to lift off by November 2020 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket…
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GAO: NASA Faces Human Spaceflight Program Oversight Challenges

The Government Accountability Office has recommended that Congress consider instructing  NASA to implement strategies to address challenges related to oversight of three human spaceflight programs. GAO said in a report published Thursday that although NASA’s current approach to integrate its Space Launch System, Orion spacecraft and supporting ground systems offer some advantages, the integration approach poses management challenges…
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Agari Report: Federal Agency Domains Target of Fraudulent Emails

A new report by Agari has found that 90 percent of the 400 government domains the cybersecurity firm monitors were targeted by fraudulent emails from April to October. Agari said Thursday it analyzed at least 1,300 federal agency domains to determine whether they have Domain-Based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance policies in place and found that 82 percent of those domains do not implement DMARC…
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Israel Aerospace Industries, Hankuk Carbon to Establish Joint Venture in South Korea

Israel Aerospace Industries and Korea-based Hankuk Carbon have signed a partnership to initiate Korea Aviation Technologies, a joint venture in South Korea. IAI said Tuesday the joint venture will focus on the development and production of unmanned aerial vehicles that employ vertical takeoff and landing features…
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Lockheed to Perform AESA Radar Prototype Tech Maturation Work Under Army LTAMDS Program

Lockheed Martin has received a contract from a Defense Department consortium to perform technology maturation work on its radar prototype as part of the U.S. Army’s Lower Tier Air & Missile Defense Sensor program…
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Report: DHS Tests Cyber Tech Acquisition Mgmt Model

The Department of Homeland Security has initiated a pilot program to test a new acquisition management directive that seeks to help increase the flexibility of DHS cybersecurity processes with the use of agile methodology, Fedscoop reported Thursday…
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VIDEO: Always Ready | Deployment Training

Marines with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division conduct several exercises during Deployed For Training Exercise at Fort Pickett, Virginia, Aug. 14, 2017. DFT is a week long exercise aimed at promoting proficiency and operational readiness…
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