Defense Innovation Unit

Activists appeal for a $15 minimum wage near the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. The $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill being prepped in Congress includes a provision that over five years would hike the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Labor Dept. offering sessions for federal contractor minimum wage increase

In today’s Federal Newscast, the Department of Labor will offer virtual seminars throughout August to prepare for federal contract minimum wage increases.

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DIU rethinking cyber endpoint protections through advanced deception tools

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Defense Innovation Unit out to prove AI, automation can keep up with the speed of cyber

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DoD OKs companies for safe drone production to wean off reliance on China

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FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2017, file photo, U.S. Army soldiers hone their long-distance marksmanship skills as they train at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. The soldiers are members of the Army's new Security Force Assistance Brigade. The Army, for the first time, will send soldiers from one of it's new training brigades to Africa in the coming weeks, expanding the use of the new specialized units as the Pentagon looks at possible troop cuts on the continent. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

DIU showed significant strides in 2019 after further entrenching itself in DoD

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Coronavirus is hitting small defense companies, but there may be a silver lining

Small defense businesses are laying off employees, but they may have an opportunity to grow with DoD.

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FILE - This Jan. 25, 2019 file photo shows a drone from the New York State Fire Agency to help track a cruise ship that broke from its moorings and became lodged against a bridge in Albany, N.Y. In Utah, drones are hovering near avalanches to measure roaring snow. In North Carolina, they're combing the skies for the nests of endangered birds. In Kansas, meanwhile, they could soon be identifying sick cows through heat signatures. A survey released Monday, May 20, 2019 shows transportation agencies are using drones in nearly every U.S. state. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

DIU picks 5 commercial companies to help military deal with threat from small drones

Some of the firms have shown they can eliminate threats from small drones by capturing them in nets, jamming their radio control signals, or simply ramming…

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DoD needs to invest heavier in emerging tech to attract new companies, experts say

The Defense Department’s small contract approach to emerging technologies isn’t helping attract business, a panel of analysts told Congress.

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