Jane Edwards

GAO Assesses 5G Strategy Against Six Key Characteristics of Effective National Strategies

5G Strategy

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has examined the National Strategy to Secure 5G released by the White House in March 2020 and found that the document partially addressed five of the six desirable characteristics for an effective national strategy. GAO called on the assistant to the president for national security affairs to collaborate with the National Security Council (NSC) and National Economic Council. 

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Rear Adm. Susan BryerJoyner on Navy’s Data Sharing, Software-Defined Networking Requirements

Susan BryerJoyner

Rear Adm. Susan BryerJoyner, cybersecurity division chief at the office of the chief of naval operations, said the U.S. Navy is seeking industry support to help address its software-defined networking and data sharing requirements. BryerJoyner said the service is working with industry to enable its naval ships to transmit data and run applications in denied environments.

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OSTP Launches New Website, Report on Quantum Info Science; Michael Kratsios Quoted

Michael Kratsios

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has unveiled a new website and a report that identifies priority areas that require continued research to advance quantum information science. The Quantum Frontiers Report was based on insights from federal, academic and industry leaders and determines areas for continued QIS research. 

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DHS Issues Homeland Threat Assessment; Chad Wolf Quoted

Chad Wolf

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a report about national security threats facing the country based on insights collected from DHS’ operational and intelligence components. “When the American people read this [Homeland Threat Assessment] they will be more aware of the traditional threats facing the Homeland like terrorism and organized crime,” said Chad Wolf, acting DHS secretary

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Three Lawmakers Suggest Ways for Federal Gov’t to Advance AI Development

Artificial Intelligence

Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas, Robin Kelly, D-Ill., and Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., said they believe the federal government will play a key role in pushing the development of artificial intelligence by ensuring access to data and education. “We need to have a test facility to test algorithms so that we can understand what bias is going into artificial intelligence,” McNerney said.

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Final Rule Exempts DHS Insider Threat Program System of Records From Certain Privacy Act Provisions


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a final rule exempting parts of the Insider Threat Program System of Records from several provisions of the Privacy Act. Under the final rule, the updated system of records covers all individuals who have or had access to information, networks, equipment, systems or facilities of DHS as well as records from any office, component or program of the department.

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Jim Smith: SOCOM Advances AI Training, Education

Jim Smith

Jim Smith, acquisition executive at Special Operations Command (SOCOM), said SOCOM is working to educate and train leaders and personnel in artificial intelligence in support of missions and other capabilities. Smith noted that SOCOM formed a new program executive office for special operations forces digital applications to help advance AI adoption.

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Ross Guckert: Army’s Enterprise Info Systems Office Eyes RFP Release for Four IT Contracts

Ross Guckert

Ross Guckert, program executive officer at the U.S. Army’s enterprise information systems (EIS) office, announced at an AFCEA Belvoir event that solicitations for four information technology contracts are set for release in the last quarter of calendar year 2020 and one of those is the Information Technology Enterprise Solutions-4 Hardware contract.

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Kevin Fahey on DoD’s New Software Development, Acquisition Policy

Kevin Fahey

Kevin Fahey, assistant secretary of defense for acquisition, said a new policy that seeks to guide services’ software development and acquisition efforts was finalized and signed by Hon. Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner. Hon. Ellen Lord will be featured as the keynote speaker during Potomac Officers Club's upcoming 5G Summit on October 27th.

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