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Trump to Nominate Patrick Shanahan as Permanent Defense Secretary

President Donald Trump intends to nominate Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan to serve as Pentagon chief on a full-time basis, The New York Times reported Thursday. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary, announced the president’s intention in a tweet posted Thursday. “If confirmed by the Senate, I will continue the …

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NVIDIA’s Anthony Robbins: Government Can Harness AI Through Data, Training, Computing Systems

Anthony Robbins, vice president for the North American public sector at NVIDIA (Nasdaq: NVDA), has said the federal government should make contributions across data, computing infrastructure and training areas in order to harness the potential of artificial intelligence. Robbins wrote the U.S. government should train engineers in data science and deep …

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Kirstjen Nielsen Resigns as DHS Secretary

Kirstjen Nielsen on Sunday stepped down from her post as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, CBS News reported Sunday. President Donald Trump announced in a tweet that Kevin McAleenan, commissioner of the Customs and Border Protection, will serve as interim DHS secretary. The report said Nielsen’s resignation comes …

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Rumman Chowdhury, Global Lead for Ethical AI at Accenture, Discusses National AI Initiative

Rumman Chowdhury, Global Lead for Ethical AI for Accenture, is in Washington D.C. this week to consult with the White House about the American AI Initiative that originated from an executive order by President Trump in February. While in town, Chowdhury took time out of her schedule on Tuesday to attend …

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White House Provides Info on Federal AI Projects via New Website

The White House on Tuesday introduced a new website that offers information on the federal government’s artificial intelligence programs and related resources, Nextgov reported Tuesday. The website includes policy initiatives, federal accomplishments and documents, fact sheets and other resources related to AI. “It’s a real hub for all the AI …

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Frank DiGiammarino Joins Booz Allen in EVP Role

Frank DiGiammarino, a former head of global expansion at Amazon Web Services, has been named an executive vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH). He will lead Booz Allen’s innovation strategy and efforts to help federal customers transform service delivery through digital approaches, the company said Wednesday. DiGiammarino most recently served as …

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White House Launches ‘American AI Initiative’ Through Executive Order

President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order to launch a new program that will direct federal resources toward the development of artificial intelligence in order to build up economic and national security and improve the quality of life of citizens. The American AI Initiative has five key principles …

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McAleese & Associates: Trump Backs $733B to $750B Defense Budget for FY 2020

A new McAleese & Associates report says President Donald Trump appears to have expressed support to a defense budget request of $733B to $750B for fiscal year 2020 following his meeting with lawmakers and other government officials. Trump met with Defense Secretary James Mattis; National Security Adviser John Bolton; Senate Armed Services Committee …

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Sunil Ramchand Named President, Chief Growth Officer of VT Group

Sunil Ramchand, former CEO of Mission Essential, has joined VT Group as president and chief growth officer at the Chantilly, Va.-based defense technology contractor. He will oversee VT Group’s growth strategy and also serve as a member of its board of directors, the company said Wednesday. The U.S. Navy veteran previously served in …

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Pentagon IDs Suspected Toxic Substance in Two Letters

The Defense Department on Tuesday announced that the Pentagon Force Protection Agency detected a substance that is suspected to be ricin in two envelopes received at DoD’s remote mail screening facility. DoD said in a tweet that it handed over the suspicious mail to FBI for further analysis. The Wall …

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