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November 2013


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The Resilience of the Electric Power Delivery System in Response to Terrorism and Natural Disasters: Summary of a Workshop
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The Resilience of the Electric Power Delivery System in Response to Terrorism and Natural Disasters: Summary of a Workshop

The Resilience of the Electric Power Delivery System in Response to Terrorism and Natural Disasters: Summary of a Workshop is the summary of a workshop ... [more]
 

Assessment of Supercritical Water Oxidation System Testing for the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant
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Assessment of Supercritical Water Oxidation System Testing for the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant

Assessment of Supercritical Water Oxidation System Testing for the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant reviews and evaluates the results of the tests conducted ... [more]

 

In a Galaxy Far, Far Away ...

A team of scientists have located the most distant galaxy yet.

The far away galaxy resides in the night sky just above the handle of the Big Dipper, according to a Washington Post report. It took 13 billion years for galaxy z8_GND_5206's light to reach earth and it appears it forms stars more than a hundred times faster than the Milky Way.


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The team of astronomers, led by Steven Finkelstein of the University of Texas at Austin, used images from the Hubble Space Telescope to identify far away galaxies, and visited the W.M. Keck Observatory to confirm the distances with state-of-the-art spectrographic equipment.

Light saber battles remain unconfirmed. 

Learn more about ground- and space-based astronomy and astrophysics in the 2012-2021 decade in our report "New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics."


 

Workshop Participants Discuss Changes Since Report Release
 

The 2012 National Research Council report Terrorism and the Electric Power Delivery System analyzed the vulnerability of the electric grid to terrorist attacks and measures to reduce that vulnerability. However, the publication was released after a lengthy security review, and many developments affecting the grid's vulnerability had occurred in the interval between the report's completion and its public release.

The committee that wrote the report conducted a workshop in February 2013 to discuss what had changed in recent years and how lessons learned about the grid's resilience to terrorism could be applied to other threats such as natural disasters. The workshop addressed physical vulnerabilities of the grid, cybersecurity, mitigation and response to outages, community resilience and the provision of critical services, and future technologies and policies that could enhance the resilience of the electric power delivery system. The report features embedded links to presentations and videos from the workshop.

Read The Resilience of the Electric Power Delivery System in Response to Terrorism and Natural Disasters: Summary of a Workshop and visit the BEES website for more information.

New Health Insurance Exchanges Face IT Challenges

As part of the Affordable Care Act the Department of Health and Human Services opened new health insurance exchanges on October unveiling healthcare.gov, a website to facilitate choosing among health insurance options and enrollment. Since its launch, the website has been troubled by technical challenges. The New York Times reports that "Contractors See Weeks of Work on Health Site."  

Within DEPS, The Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (www.cstb.org) has issued several reports in recent years on the challenges in government IT procurement and IT modernization. In 2011 a report specifically for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services explored strategies and priorities for information technology at that agency.

Strategies and Priorities for Information Technology at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
(2011) recommends that CMS embrace IT as a critical strategic capability for improving the efficiency, quality, safety, and equity of U.S. health care.

Achieving Effective Acquisition of Information Technology in the Department of Defense (2010) calls for the DOD to acquire information technology systems using a fundamentally different acquisition process based on iterative, incremental development practices.

Critical Code: Software Producibility for Defense (2010) assesses the growing importance of software for national security and examines how the U.S. Department of Defense can most effectively meet its future software needs.

Science Unscrambled: Frontiers in Massive Data Analysis

Scott Weidman, director of the Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications, gives a brief overview of the 2013 report "Frontiers in Massive Data Analysis." He explains the charge and key recommendation of the report as well as the challenges and opportunities presented by massive data.

 


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Upcoming Meetings

November 4-5, 2013
Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics Fall Meeting
Board on Physics and Astronomy
Keck Center, Washington, DC

November 6-7, 2013
Review of Specialized Degree-Granting Graduate Programs of the Department of Defense (DoD) in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Management
Air Force Studies Board
Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California

November 8, 2013
A Survey of the Active Scientific Use of the Radio Spectrum
Board on Physics and Astronomy
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

November 12-14, 2013
Space-based Additive Manufacturing of Space Hardware, Meeting 2
National Materials and Manufacturing Board and Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
Irvine, California

November 12-14, 2013
A Framework for Analyzing the Needs for Continuity of NASA-Sustained Remote Sensing Observations of the Earth from Space
Space Studies Board
Keck Center
Washington, DC

November 14-15, 2013
A Survey of the Active Scientific Use of the Radio Spectrum
Board on Physics and Astronomy
Day 1: Beckman Center, Irvine, California
Day 2: Hyatt Regency, Irvine, California

November 18-19, 2013
Board on Physics and Astronomy Fall Meeting
Beckman Center, Irvine, California

November 19-21, 2013
A Review of U.S. Navy Cyber Defense Capabilities
Naval Studies Board
NAS Building, Washington, DC

November 19-21, 2013
U.S. Air Force Strategic Deterrence Military Capabilities in the 21st Century Security Environment
Air Force Studies Board
Beckman Center, Irvine, California

November 21-22, 2013
Assessment of Technologies for Reducing the Fuel Consumption of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles, Phase 2
Board on Energy and Environmental Systems
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
Irvine, California

 
 
 
 
 

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