NewsBrief: May 24, 2024

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Cost Estimating NewsBrief: May 24, 2024

NASA analyzes cost-effective methods to manage orbital debris

(SpaceDaily) New data from NASA and its partners suggests more cost-effective strategies for addressing orbital debris. A report by NASA’s Office of Technology, Policy, and Strategy (OTPS) offers new insights into measuring the risks from orbital debris. “Growing activity in Earth’s orbit has brought us everything from faster terrestrial communications to a better understanding of our changing climate,” said Charity Weeden, leader of NASA’s OTPS. Read More

Army unveils ‘more efficient and less costly’ digital engineering strategy

(Breaking Defense) The Army today announced its new policy on digital engineering aimed at a high-tech rejuvenation of its traditional systems and engineering processes to stay on par with emerging threats, outlining four “lines of effort” and identifying individual programs ripe for an upgrade. The new strategy is meant to “make it easier for the Army to adopt digital engineering approaches more broadly at scale across the Army,” Army Secretary Christine Wormuth told lawmakers in a hearing as the strategy was published online. Read More

Army sets stage for broader adoption of digital engineering

(Federal News Network) A new memo, which Gabe Camarillo, the undersecretary of the Army, signed Tuesday, sets the stage for broader adoption of digital engineering capabilities and practices. “We are looking to benefit from that utilization of digital engineering tools to be able to help establish the right processes in the Army, the right training and really how do we adopt adapt our institutional approach to be able to accommodate more digital engineering,” Camarillo said in a speech during the AFCEA NoVa Enterprise IT day. Read More

Pentagon Issues Cybersecurity Reciprocity Playbook

(ExecutiveGov) The Department of Defense has released a playbook designed to provide information on key DOD priorities for applying cybersecurity reciprocity in the department’s systems. The Cybersecurity Reciprocity Playbook includes a definition of reciprocity, the benefits of using reciprocity and the risks of failing to leverage reciprocity. According to the document, cybersecurity reciprocity highlights the importance of keeping a robust security posture while maximizing efficiency through the reuse of the body of evidence. Read More

Pentagon Seeks Public Input on Actions to Support Industrial Base Adoption of AI for Defense Applications

(ExecutiveGov) The Department of Defense has started soliciting public comments on potential measures it can take to enable the defense industrial base to advance the adoption of artificial intelligence tools for defense applications. DOD’s Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Resilience will use input from the public to inform the development of policies and programs to support the integration of AI into defense systems, according to a notice published Wednesday. The department’s Office of Policy, Analysis and Transition will also use the comments to develop its Trusted AI Defense Industrial Base Roadmap. Read More

NASA “Wildfire Digital Twin” Pioneers New AI Models and Streaming Data Techniques for Forecasting Fire and Smoke

(NASA Science) NASA’s “Wildfire Digital Twin” project will equip firefighters and wildfire managers with a superior tool for monitoring wildfires and predicting harmful air pollution events and help researchers observe global wildfire trends more precisely. The tool, developed with funding from NASA’s Earth Science Technology Office and NASA’s FireSense Program, will use artificial intelligence and machine learning to forecast potential burn paths in real time, merging data from in situ, airborne, and spaceborne sensors to produce global models with high precision. Read More

AI finds hidden galactic evolution clues in over 100 galaxies. Here’s how

( The interstellar clouds of distant, ancient galaxies are often filled with carbon. This means, if astronomers can trace and detect these patches of carbon, which they call neutral carbon absorbers, they can learn quite a lot about how galaxies evolve. Yet, actually detecting neutral carbon absorbers — a process that typically involves finding the distinctive fingerprint of carbon’s absorption lines in the spectrum of light emitted by a galaxy — is tedious. It’s also very difficult. Across millions of galaxies, astronomers only know of a few dozen that contain these absorbers. Read More

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