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DHS Official Emphasizes Importance of Partnerships in Gov’t Cybersecurity Effort

The head of the Department of Homeland Security’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Program has said that the CDM team seeks to collaborate with client federal agencies to determine cybersecurity solutions appropriate to their unique organizational requirements. CDM Program Manager Kevin Cox told Federal News Network in a recent interview that “we want to make sure we are working with the agencies to understand” what they need to strengthen their systems and networks against cyber threats and “in the long run meet those requirements,” Federal News Network reported Wednesday.

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UN Committee Approves Draft Resolutions on Responsible ICT Use by State Actors

The United Nations General Assembly First Committee has announced the approval of two documents that aim to regulate the way state actors use modern information and communication technologies. The documents call for the adherence to a set of norms governing ICT use and the establishment of consultative panels that would further develop related principles and protocols.

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Patrick Shanahan: OSD Expects Space Force Set Up to Cost Less Than $13B

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said that the Office of the Secretary of Defense expects the establishment of a Space Force to cost less than the amount that the U.S. Air Force had earlier projected, Defense News reported Thursday. Air Force leadership said in a Sept. 14 memo that transitioning the service’s space functions into a separate, independent command would initially cost $3B and $13B overall in the course of five years.

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White House Official Sees ‘Business as Normal’ in Admin Tech Agenda Following Midterms

White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination Chris Liddell spoke about the Trump Administration's technology agenda at the recent Technology 202 conference hosted by the Washington Post. Liddell said he does not expect the government's tech initiatives, such as federal information technology modernization, to be affected by results of the midterm elections, which saw Democrats retake the House of Representatives, Nextgov reported Thursday.

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US Air Force Conducts Minuteman ICBM Launch Test

U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command test-fired an LGM-30 Minuteman III missile on Nov. 6, Noozhawk reported Wednesday. The intercontinental ballistic missile, which was armed with a mock warhead, was launched from an underground silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. An AFGSC spokesman said the test was "reliable."

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Rep Elijah Cummings to Probe ‘Waste, Fraud and Abuse’ in Trump Administration

Rep. Elijah Cummings, who is expected to become the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has vowed to “shine a light on waste, fraud and abuse” in the current administration, Federal News Network reported Wednesday. Cummings, in a statement issued following his reelection as representative of Maryland’s 7th district, expressed his intention to “probe senior administration officials across the government who have abused their positions of power and wasted taxpayer money.”

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Defense Spending Critic Adam Smith Likely to Become Next HASC Chairman

A critic of the Trump Administration’s lavish spending on defense is expected to take over leadership of the House committee responsible for funding the U.S. armed forces, Defense News reported Wednesday. Rep. Adam Smith, who currently serves as the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, will likely become its next chairman following the Democrats’ retaking of the chamber during the 2018 midterm elections.

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US Navy Opens New Facility Supporting Nuclear Deterrence Efforts

Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division has opened a new building in Virginia that will provide laboratories, offices and equipment for the scientists, engineers and technical experts working on the country’s Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile Program. Officials hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Nov. 1 at the NSWCDD Missile Support Facility, which will allow more than 300 of the division’s personnel to develop, test and maintain U.S. missile systems, the U.S. Navy announced Monday.

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Air Force to Extend Space Training, Require Top Security Clearance

Brig. Gen. DeAnna Burt, U.S. Air Force Space Command director of operations and communications, recently announced that the Undergraduate Space Training program is being expanded from 77 days to 111 days, Federal News Network reported. Trainees will also be taught to visually identify threats in space. This new requirement will necessitate top secret clearance for those undergoing UST.

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GAO Audits Defense, Energy Department Budget for Nuclear Arsenal Sustainment, Modernization

The Government Accountability Office has published its audit of an annual joint report by the Defense Department and Energy Department on the estimated budget required for the upkeep and modernization of the country’s nuclear arsenal. The GAO stated that it had found the budget estimates in the joint report for fiscal year 2018 “generally accurate and complete based on the underlying data that DoD used to create them.” The oversight agency also said the joint report had managed to address concerns previously raised about the methodology used to arrive at the budget estimates.

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