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Navy explores wearable tech to fight coronavirus

The Navy has battled major outbreaks of COVID-19 on its ships. Now, to fight the spread of the virus among its sailors, the service is considering using wearable technology to help track the proximity of sailors to one another. The Navy issued a request for information last week seeking commercially available proximity tracking technology based on wearables that continuously measure the distance between themselves and others nearby. Those devices will then be connected to a processing station that will upload their proximity data to “calculate the total time and at what distance two individuals with the wearables have been in close contact,” says the RFI. Billy Mitchell has more.

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Biden campaign hires a CISO

Joe Biden has called on a familiar face to protect his campaign’s networks from hackers. The Biden campaign said Friday it had hired Chris DeRusha, who served as a White House cybersecurity adviser when Biden was vice president, as chief information security officer. DeRusha, who has also held cybersecurity positions with the State of Michigan, the Department of Homeland Security and Ford Motor Co., will be charged with safeguarding the campaign’s digital assets in an election that U.S. officials expect to draw continued foreign interference. Read more on CyberScoop.

Agencies can do more under DATA Act

Since the implementation of the DATA Act, agencies have “higher” quality information on their spending. That said, the Government Accountability Office believes they could be taking even more steps to improve that data. The GAO looked at reports by the offices of inspector generals (OIGs) at the 51 agencies that must comply with the DATA Act and found, despite generally positive data quality ratings, many of them had deficiencies in quality controls. The most common deficiency was information technology system limitations, reported by 19 OIGs. Dave Nyczepir has this one.

Battlefield AI dominates JAIC spending

The Pentagon's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) has made big investments in bringing AI to the battlefield. The JAIC has spent more money in fiscal 2020 on its Joint Warfighting Mission Initiative than its five other focus areas combined, acting Director Nand Mulchandani said without revealing specific budget numbers. A big focus under that umbrella is Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2), the next-generation network-of-networks the military is developing to link operations across sea, air, land, space and cyber, Mulchandani said. Jackson Barnett has the story.

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