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A ban on Chinese tech is on the books. Are feds ready? | Federal Times

Federal agencies have less than a week to update their upcoming and in-process contracts to include provisions that prohibit telecommunications equipment or services — or components of equipment or services — that are produced by Huawei Technologies Company, ZTE Corporation, Hytera Communications Corporation, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Company or Dahua Technology Company. The interim rule added to the Federal Acquisition ... Read More »

Which categories of seed startups are thriving?  | Tom Tunguz

Which sectors see more startup company formation than others? The answer has changed quite a bit over the last 8 years. Some sectors have hit their apogee and are declining. Others have grown by more than 3x. Yet others are growing geometrically. Let’s take a look. Source: Which categories of seed startups are thriving?  | Tom Tunguz Read More »

Cracking the code: The new frontier in confronting veteran suicide | Military Times

Deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, holds the key to unlocking many mysteries. Law enforcement began using DNA profiling in the 1980s to solve decades-old crimes. Today, tens of thousands of people have invested time and money into finding answers regarding their health, heredity and ancestry through commercial DNA testing companies. Now, the same science may prove critical to solving yet another ... Read More »

Germany’s Completely Car-Free Bicycle Highway | Interesting Engineering

Germany is building a car-free bicycle highway that will stretch to 62 miles, once completed. When finished, it will connect 10 German cities, including Duisburg, Bochum, and Hamm, as well as four universities. It has been built to help minimize car pollution and is projected to get 50,000 cars off the road everyday, once completed. Source: Germany’s Completely Car-Free Bicycle ... Read More »

Pentagon identifies Marine from elite unit killed in Iraq | ABC News

The Pentagon identified the American service member killed Saturday in northern Iraq as a decorated veteran Marine from an elite unit and father of two who was lauded for helping to defeat ISIS. Gunnery Sgt. Scott A. Koppenhafer, 35, of Mancos, Colorado, who was advising Iraqi security forces conducting combat operations in Nineveh province, died from enemy small arms fire, ... Read More »

$500m boost to special forces kit bags | 7 News

Australia’s elite SAS soldiers will be equipped with $3 billion worth of the world’s best kit, developed with scientists, intelligence organisations and tech companies over the coming years. The federal government has approved the $500 million, four-year first stage of Project Greyfin, to buy the best possible body armour; weapons; diving, parachuting, roping and climbing systems; medical search and rescue; ... Read More »

NDS Special Forces kill 2 Taliban leaders and their fighters during a raid in Paktiya | Khaama Press Agency

The Special Forces of the National Directorate of Security killed two leaders of the Taliban group and his fighters during a raid in South-eastern Paktiya province. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a statement that the Special Forces of the directorate conducted the raid Golal Village of Zurmat district. The statement further added that the NDS Special Forces ... Read More »

Head of U.S. special operations forces orders review of culture after SEALs, other scandals | NBC

The head of U.S. Special Operations Command is initiating a comprehensive review of all Special Operations Forces culture and ethics, according to a memo he sent to commanders Friday evening. “Recent incidents have called our culture and ethics into question and threaten the trust placed in us,” Gen. Richard Clarke wrote. The review will focus on recruiting, how new SOF ... Read More »

Lockheed space exec talks future space endeavors | C4ISNET

Lockheed Martin is intricately tied to the Pentagon’s future space endeavors. The giant defense contractor has deals for the Air Force’s next-generation missile warning satellites, it’s new batch of GPS satellites and the current generation of protected communication space vehicles. But the national security space community is changing fast. Space is now viewed as a war-fighting domain, a far cry ... Read More »

After $140 Billion Wipeout, Alibaba and Tencent Bid for Comeback | Bloomberg

China’s two largest companies have lost a combined $140 billion in market value since the escalation of the trade war in May. As Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. report earnings this week back-to-back, they’ll try to show the punishment is overdone. The brutal market selloff began three months ago as Donald Trump’s administration slapped restrictions on Chinese ... Read More »

Sarcos Robotics Appoints Jim Miller, Retired U.S. Army Special Forces Colonel, as Vice President of Defense Solutions | Yahoo Finance

Today, SarcosÂź Robotics, a global leader in the production of robots that augment humans to enhance productivity and safety, including full-body, powered exoskeletons for industrial and military applications, announced the appointment of Jim Miller, a retired U.S. Army Special Forces Colonel, as Vice President, Defense Solutions. This appointment comes amid increased traction for Sarcos’ products—particularly its full-body, powered exoskeleton technologies—across ... Read More »

Smart Aircraft Cabins Will Take the Hassle Out of Flying Within the Next Decade | Travel and Leisure

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Airplane makers, aircraft interiors manufacturers, and even in-flight caterers are looking at smart ways to make the flying experience far more user-friendly in the very near future. At Airbus Innovation Days in Toulouse, we were treated to a peek at a self-aware aircraft cabin of 2030. Load-sensitve overhead storage bins will immediately register when passengers stow luggage, so that passengers ... Read More »