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The Army is working to deploy artificial intelligence on the battlefield to detect and classify real-time threats for soldiers in the years to come. The new system, called the Aided Threat Recognition from Mobile Cooperative and Autonomous Sensors (ATR-MCAS), will scan and classify imagery from sensors that can be mounted on vehicles, aerial coverage and autonomous vehicles. Soldiers in vehicles or holding mobile devices will be able to customize the feed of data that the ATR-MCAS will show and alert them to, officials said. Jackson Barnett has more.

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U. Central Florida offers online classes to inmates

The University of Central Florida announced last week that its Florida Prison Education Project will make online classes available to people in prison, giving inmates the opportunity to earn college credit and prepare for life after incarceration. Since it began in 2017, the Florida Prison Education Project has sought to offer a high-quality undergraduate education to Florida’s incarcerated population — the third-largest in the U.S — and has offered 11 in-person undergraduate classes to 150 inmates. Betsy Foresman has more.

Virginia Tech names director of new innovation campus

Virginia Tech announced Monday that Lance Collins, engineering dean at Cornell University, will direct the university’s new innovation campus with a mission to grow tech talent and innovation in the region. Strategically located in Alexandria, Virginia, across the river from the nation's capital, the innovation campus will give students the opportunity to work with both industry and government to drive technology development and develop a pipeline of tech talent, Collins told EdScoop. Betsy has more.


Federal agencies need to improve hiring flexibility in battle for IT talent

A recent study points to rising demands for new federal IT skills. However, agencies face more than a wage-scale disadvantage when competing for tech talent. They also have to overcome rigid hiring rules which tend to disqualify or discourage promising candidates. Read more from top workforce experts.

DOD ‘considering qualified candidates’ for CDO as it transitions role

Department of Defense CIO Dana Deasy is actively looking for a chief data officer as the position is moved into his office as required by the military’s recently passed 2020 policy bill. Deasy is working quickly to relocate the CDO position from under the chief management officer to his own office, he wrote in a recent memo to Deputy Secretary David Norquist. It is unclear if current CDO Michael Conlin is in the running to keep the job he has held since 2018, but Deasy wrote in the memo he has “begun considering qualified candidates” for the role who would fit the qualifications set forth in the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act. Jackson has more.

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