Darwin McDaniel

Trump OKs National Strategy Against Terrorist Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction

President Trump approved a new national strategy to counter the use of weapons of mass destruction by terrorist groups. The National Strategy for Countering WMD Terrorism details how the federal government will launch global efforts to prevent insurgents from using chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons to strengthen the security of the U.S. and its allies, the White House said Monday.

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Air Force to Unveil Electronic Warfare Study in January

The U.S. Air Force plans to announce the latest findings of its year-long study that explored how the military can protect its equipment and data from emerging global threats on electromagnetic spectrum in January, Military.com reported Monday. Senior service officials will discuss the findings at the Weapons and Tactics Conference at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., according to Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson.

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NIST Discovers How to Expand 5G Use With ‘Smart’ Antennas, Narrow Beams

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have developed a method to design “smart” antennas that use narrow beams and provide lower signal interference, delays and energy loss during transmissions. NIST said Monday, the method utilizes narrow beams to rapidly send signals in different directions and support 5G wireless devices and base stations. It also enables system designers and engineers to select appropriate antenna beamwidths and the antenna that best suits a specific application. 

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Senate Approves DHS Bill to Build Agency-Wide Data Access System

The Senate approved a bill that would allow the Department of Homeland Security to put all component agency data into one system for easier access to information. The DHS Data Framework Act proposed by Texas Rep. Will Hurd backs the development of a single data framework that collects all data related to homeland security, terrorist information, weapons of mass destruction and national intelligence to support DHS operations, a statement from Hurd’s office said Friday

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Sen. Warner Proposes Cyber Doctrine, International Agreement to Expand US Cybersecurity

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, called on the White House and Congress to create a new U.S. cyber doctrine and establish an international agreement on standards regarding cyber attacks and security to deter threats, particularly Russia, CNET reported Friday. He said the federal government has been failing to protect critical infrastructures in the country and to prevent disinformation campaigns. 

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FAA Exploring Reform Options, Increasing US Space Launches

The Federal Aviation Administration aims to discuss and release new regulations and spaceport categories by end of 2018 or early next year, to speed up approval for space launches and allow more facilities to accommodate space operations in the U.S., Politico reported Friday.
 

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DoD Sets Schedule to Deploy Unified Platform to Integrate Cyber Ops

The U.S. Cyber Command is set to deploy a Northrop Grumman-built, next generation cyber weapon system designed to serve as the Department of Defense’s single platform to plan and launch offensive and defensive cyber operations, Fifth Domain reported Thursday. Senior defense officials expect the CYBERCOM's Unified Platform to launch this spring. The system is designed to provide the infrastructure, information sharing, data analytics, mission planning and command tools to support the military’s cyber missions. 

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House Lawmakers to Call on President Trump to Grant DoD $733B FY20 Budget

House lawmakers plan to call on President Trump to grant a $733B budget for the Department of Defense in fiscal year 2020 to restore the U.S. military’s readiness. Cutting DoD’s budget lower than the proposed figure “will have disastrous consequences for our military readiness, as was proven by sequestration,” Rep. Mike Turner, Ohio-10, said in a letter signed by 70 lawmakers.

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