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Knausenberger named Air Force deputy CIO

Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett has selected Lauren Knausenberger as the branch's next deputy CIO. Replacing the recently departed Bill Marion, Knausenberger takes the role after spending the last three years with the Air Force, most recently as its chief transformation officer. The deputy CIO performs most of the major leadership, policy and management duties for the Air Force's IT and cyber missions. (The full CIO position and its budgetary authority are held by the service's undersecretary, but that role has less direct impact on IT business.) Billy Mitchell has more on Knausenberger's promotion.

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Building a digital Space Force

Elsewhere within the Department of the Air Force, the U.S. Space Force is set to intake 2,400 new members early next month. And with that, the force is planning ahead to set a culture and foundation of digital fluency in its new personnel. Why is being tech-savvy so important to the Space Force? Space “is fundamentally dependent on technology and innovation,” Maj. Gen. Kim Crider said last week. “We are realizing our full potential as a space-based service … when we can streamline our processes and operations through digital capabilities.” Jackson Barnett has more.

White House fills out its quantum advisory committee

The White House has named the 21 members of its National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee almost a year after President Trump signed the executive order creating the body. Industry, university, national laboratory and federal agency experts make up the committee, which will counsel the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on quantum information science (QIS) policy. See who the White House picked.


AI and ML help government safety nets scale during pandemic

Social safety nets are vital during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but in some cases, the underlying legacy IT infrastructure supporting the modern delivery of those services has failed. There is a significant challenge around the volume of demand, and leaders must solve how to meet citizen needs as the U.S. economy recovers. Google Cloud’s Denise Winkler discusses why artificial intelligence and machine learning are playing an increasingly important role during the recovery process. Listen to the full conversation.

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