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Army plans nanosatellite launches to provide communications for remotely located soldiers

The nanosatellites are about size of a loaf of bread, weighing more than 10 pounds and costing about $500,000 each. They will use deployable solar arrays to charge their batteries and propulsion capability to maintain satellite spacing within the constellation.

Efforts to beef up wireless workforce target veterans, other underserved groups

To help supply the demand for workers in the wireless industry, public- and private-sector entities are joining forces.

NIST issues draft solution for two-factor authentication on mobile devices

The National Institute of Standards of Technology has developed a draft solution to help agencies with the difficult task of providing multifactor authentication when accessing government information systems via mobile devices.

NIST launches mobile app competition that seeks innovative access, use of scientific data

Participants must use at least one of the agency's eligible datasets, which pertain to physics and chemistry and often used by high school, college and graduate students. One example is the computational chemistry comparison and benchmark database.

DHS awards $2.9M, 30-month contract to small company to help ID mobile app vulnerabilities

DHS's Science and Technology Directorate leader, Reginald Brothers, said ensuring that mobile applications are secure across the federal government is a priority and the project will help do that. Capabilities will be extended to first responders, as well.

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The Veterans Affairs Department has taken steps to go digital in an effort to reduce the number of backlogged disability claims, virtually eliminating the old paper system that has bogged down the VA for years, said VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson at a July 31 industry event.

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Veterans Affairs Department Secretary Bob McDonald voiced his support for open source technology July 30, as he outlined a broad reform plan that includes streamlining information technology and taking a more "holistic" look at customer service.