July 29, 2021
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Policy Watch
General Atomics has released the first rendering of its combat drone being developed under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's LongShot program. Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman have also received design contracts under the program.
Full Story: The Drive (7/27) 
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The Pentagon's Air National Guard unit awarded a $78.8 million contract to Verizon's Public Sector business for upgrading the guard's network services. Verizon will provide IP-based voice services and managed network services to the ANG's 140 locations, the telecom announced.
Full Story: FierceTelecom (7/28) 
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Biden to CISA, NIST: Set cybersecurity goals
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President Joe Biden issued a national security memo that will require a pair of agencies to establish performance goals to beef up cybersecurity for critical infrastructure. The directive gave the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and National Institute of Standards and Technology until Sept. 22 to arrive at a preliminary report.
Full Story: CyberScoop (7/28) 
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Technology Trends
Google Cloud says its new Healthcare Data Engine harmonizes data from medical records and claims, clinical trials, and research for query and analysis in a secure, compliant environment. Google says the platform can map 90% of Health Level 7 version 2 messages to Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources standards in EHRs.
Full Story: ZDNet (7/22) 
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LawtechUK has spotted a wide gap in research-and-development spending in the legal sector when compared to the business community at large. The average R&D outlay is 5% of revenue overall, but law firms spend about 1%, despite the increase in tools available.
Full Story: Artificial Lawyer (7/26) 
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Career & Workforce Development
A diverse STEM workforce won't happen by chance
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One of the best routes to diversity in the technology industry is to focus on candidates' aptitude to learn rather than educational background, as inequality may have limited opportunities for some of the best prospects, says Cindi Howson, ThoughtSpot's chief data strategy officer. Howson also discusses the importance of recognizing unconscious bias, as acknowledgment is the first step toward action.
Full Story: VentureBeat (7/28) 
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