Christine Thropp

NSA, CISA Recommend Use of Protective DNS Service to Enhance Internet’s Resilience

Protective DNS service

The National Security Agency (NSA) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) highlighted in a recently released cybersecurity information sheet the importance of implementing a Protective Domain Name System service to enhance internet defense against cyber attacks. The NSA pilot was launched in partnership with the Cyber Crime Center of the Department of Defense.

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Marine Corps to Reform HQ to Support Modernization Initiatives

U.S. Marine Corps

The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) plans to launch reorganization and reform efforts that will affect its headquarters and processes and potentially enable the service branch to fund its modernization initiatives aimed at addressing Chinese threats. Aside from personnel reduction, the retirement of the service branch's heavy bridging equipment and tanks will help fund the redesign.

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Air Force to Hold Flight Test for Lockheed-Made Boost-Glide Missile; Brig. Gen. Heath Collins Quoted


The U.S. Air Force has scheduled to perform flight tests for a long-range hypersonic missile designed by Lockheed Martin under the service branch's Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon prototyping program. The demonstration for the AGM-183A ARRW boost-glide missile is planned for the first week of March and is intended to provide the Air Force with an operational hypersonic weapon by 2022.

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CISA Releases FY21 Planning Guide for Emergency Comm Technical Assitance

Cybersecurity and

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has published a planning guide, Emergency Communication Technical Assistance guide for fiscal year 2021, meant to help public safety officials and first responders improve interoperable communications to address issues caused by changes to emergency communications landscape.

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Biden Names David Turk, Julie Su as Picks for Energy, Labor Deputy Secretaries

White House

President Biden has selected David Turk, deputy executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), and Julie Su, secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, to serve as deputy secretaries of the departments of Energy and Labor, respectively. Su, on the other hand, works to advise Governor Gavin Newsom on labor issues and employment programs in California.

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Future USS Daniel Inouye Destroyer Clears Navy Acceptance Trials; Capt. Seth Miller Quoted

Future USS Daniel Inouye

The future USS Daniel Inouye ship has passed its acceptance trials conducted by the U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) to determine if the service's requirements for onboard systems and performance were met or exceeded. The series of demonstrations for the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works-built Arleigh Burke-class destroyer was held Feb. 4 off the coast of Maine.

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Sean Ferris Named State OIG’s Acting Deputy Director for Data Analytics


The State Department has appointed Sean Ferris, a neatly three-year department official, to serve as acting deputy director for data analytics within its Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Ferris is a management and program analyst at State Department's OIG, serving as strategic planning and risk management officer within its Office of Enterprise Risk Management.

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Scott Breor Highlights CISA Fact Sheets for Increasing Personal Safety, Infrastructure Protection

Scott Breor

Scott Breor, acting executive assistant director for infrastructure security at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), has warned about violent extremist actors and domestic terrorists taking advantage of peaceful protests to escalate civil unrest, and pointed to a paper released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agency to provide information on how to safeguard critical infrastructure.

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Army to Launch Third Version of Cyber Training Platform in Q2

U.S. Cyber Command

The U.S. Army plans to release the third version of a cyber training platform in the second quarter of 2021 to provide Department of Defense cyber professionals with repositories of previous training scenarios. The second update to the PCTE includes training content cataloging and previous training event search features as well as enhanced ability to manage teams and schedule events.

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