Carter Creates New Department of Defense Post: Chief Innovation Officer

2016-11-07T12:47:56+00:00 November 7, 2016|

With only a few months left before his tenure as Defense secretary expires, Ashton Carter took one more step to drive home his oft-repeated point that the the Pentagon needs more “innovation” in its bloodstream, in case anyone has failed to take notice so far. On Friday, Carter ordered the establishment a new senior office within the Pentagon: the DoD Chief Innovation Officer. Its creation was first suggested by members of the Defense Innovation Board he created earlier this year, preceded by his standup of the Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental(DIUx).

Navigating America’s Waterways

2016-09-12T14:02:00+00:00 September 12, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) (Click to enlarge) U.S. Coast Guard. (Credit: Wikipedia Commons) Imagine trying to navigate through a 500-foot wide waterway in a 110-foot-wide boat containing 65,000 tons of cargo with a dangerous storm bearing down on you. Now imagine doing that without the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) or nautical charts, [...]

National Science Board Touts Merits of Merit Review And Looks To The Future

2016-08-15T12:33:48+00:00 August 15, 2016|

A former patent clerk named Albert Einstein sketched notes on the theory of relativity in 1905. More than a century later, the long-standing theory was validated when the Laser Interferometer Gravitation-Wave Observatory detected gravitational waves originating from the collision of two black holes. This research was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), which makes possible scientific discovery from space observations to human genetics to volcanic influence on sea level.

Exciting New Fisheries Technology

2016-07-18T12:41:40+00:00 July 18, 2016|

Representative Sam Farr (CA-20) opened the Marine Technology Society and the House Oceans Caucus Congressional briefing this week by noting his attempts over 28 years in Congress “trying to develop as much interest in the ocean as there is in space.”

Presidential Innovation Fellows Program And National Institute Of Standards And Technology Reauthorization Passed By House

2016-07-18T12:33:18+00:00 July 18, 2016|

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Improvement Act of 2016 (H.R. 5639), which passed by voice vote, would reauthorize NIST through Fiscal Year 2017. The House also passed H.R. 5658, the Tested Ability to Leverage Exceptional National Talent (TALENT) Act of 2016 by an overwhelming margin of 409 to 8.

Freedom Of Information Revamp

2016-06-17T12:27:14+00:00 June 17, 2016|

The House passed The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Improvement Act, S. 337, this week by voice vote, clearing a path for the bill to reach the president’s desk.

Synergy Between Science And Technology In An Opening Arctic

2016-04-29T15:39:04+00:00 April 29, 2016|

Arctic temperatures are rising and sea-ice is diminishing, yielding new challenges for all Arctic stakeholders. Distinguished panel speakers from a range of backgrounds spoke at the congressional briefing, “Technology Solutions in an Opening Arctic,” that was hosted by the Marine Technology Society, the House Oceans Caucus, and the Congressional Arctic Working Group.

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