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DoD Wants to Take Back Defense-Related Security Clearance Process Work From NBIB

The Defense Department has called on Congress to reinstate DoD’s oversight over security clearance processing work and cited the availability of information technology systems that can be used to manage new background checks for its own personnel, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Garry Reid, director of defense intelligence, told House …

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Lockheed Exec John Rood Picked for DoD Policy Undersecretary Post

John Rood, a corporate officer and senior vice president of Lockheed Martin‘s international business since March 2016, will be nominated as Defense Department undersecretary for policy. The White House said Wednesday Rood also has more than 20 years of federal service that included positions at the State Department, CIA, National Security Council and …

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Kirstjen Nielsen to Be Nominated for Homeland Security Secretary Post

President Donald Trump intends to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen, principal deputy chief of staff at the White House, as the next secretary at the Department of Homeland Security. The White House said Wednesday Nielsen is the first DHS leadership nominee to have previously worked for the department and her professional experience spans homeland security policy …

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James Mattis: DoD’s ‘Three Lines of Effort’ Seek to Maintain US Military Edge

Defense Secretary James Mattis has issued a memorandum that details the Defense Department’s “three lines of effort” that aim to maintain U.S. military superiority amid security threats posed by North Korea, Russia, China, Iran and the Islamic State militant organization, DoD News reported Wednesday. Mattis wrote in the Oct. 5 memo …

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