• In Other News: AF to Stand up Information Operations School in Florida; Illinois Project Strengthens Defense Supply Chain

    In Other News: AF to Stand up Information Operations School in Florida; Illinois Project Strengthens Defense Supply Chain0

    The Air Force will establish a new information operations technical training school at Hurlburt Field, Fla., beginning in late fiscal 2019, officials announced this week. The decision to create a dedicated training school follows the service’s creation of the information operations career field and Air Force specialty code in late 2016, according to a news

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  • Hampton Roads Looks to Diversify Economy following Defense Downturn

    Hampton Roads Looks to Diversify Economy following Defense Downturn0

    In past decades, a decline in work at shipyards and other military-dependent industries in the Hampton Roads region stemming from a downturn in defense spending has always been followed by a future upswing in the Pentagon’s budget. But for the first time since World War II, leaders in southeastern Virginia are looking for new industries to diversify the region’s economic base as it becomes clear that defense spending no longer will supply 50 percent or more of the local economy. “We haven’t had a concerted effort in the past because, quite frankly, we haven’t needed one,” said Bryan Stephens, the head of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce …

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  • Southern Miss to Lead Economic Diversification, Tech Transfer Initiatives0

    The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) plans to use a $3 million grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment to help diversity the economies of defense-dependent communities in Mississippi and encourage entrepreneurs to transfer their technology innovations into commercial opportunities. Under a third initiative, the USM College of Business and the school’s Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development & Entrepreneurship will create a defense community specialization for the masters of science in economic development program …

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