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Month: August 2022

New plan makes harm reduction ‘part of how the military thinks, plans and operates’: Legal expert

On Aug. 25, the Defense Department released its highly anticipated Civilian Harm Mitigation and Response Action Plan (CHMR-AP). Todd Huntley, director of the National Security Law Program at Georgetown University Law Center and former Judge Advocate General, said his biggest takeaway from the plan was that it makes civilian harm mitigation “part of how the […]

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How ARPA-E funds high-risk, high-reward energy projects

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) was founded in 2009 under the Department of Energy. Since then, it has funded over 1,000 high-risk, high-reward projects. The agency focuses on increasing energy efficiency, reducing emissions and solving energy problems, said Jennifer Gerbi, acting director. There is a detailed application and review process to select which projects […]

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Government Matters – ARPA-E projects, New DoD civilian harm reduction plan – August 30, 2022

Mission and history of ARPA-E; DoD’s civilian harm reduction plan

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‘There’s not a diplomatic solution now’ in Russia-Ukraine war, says professor

It has been six months since Russia invaded Ukraine. Millions of Ukrainians have fled, thousands have died and Russia has captured and occupied parts of the country. Keith Darden, associate professor in the School of International Service at American University, said there is no diplomatic solution now, because the Ukrainians think they can get the […]

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Permitting Council allocates Inflation Reduction Act funding to accelerate infrastructure agenda

On Aug. 16, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act, an investment in climate, health care and tax initiatives. The legislation includes $350 million for the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council to help implement infrastructure projects. The Permitting Council will use some of the money to help federal agencies with staffing and centralized tools and […]

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Peace Corps volunteers return to service after pandemic-driven pause

In 2020, the Peace Corps evacuated thousands of volunteers from all over the world because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Over two years later, volunteers are back serving communities. Chief Executive Officer Carol Spahn said the Peace Corps is “very excited” to be inviting volunteers back to 48 countries. Before the pandemic, they were in 64 […]

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