Executive Moves

Rep. Jim Langevin, Former Congressman Patrick Murphy Named to Cyberspace Solarium Commission

Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., and former congressman Patrick Murphy, D.-Fla., have been inducted into the Cyberspace Solarium Commission. The new commission will work to build a response strategy to address growing threats in cyberspace, the office of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Tuesday.

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Michael Brown Appointed Defense Innovation Unit Lead; Mike Griffin Quoted

Michael Brown, former Symantec CEO, has been named managing director of the Defense Innovation Unit. “Mike’s extensive Silicon Valley career speaks for itself, as he has experience in both hardware from his time at Quantum, as well as software at Symantec,” Mike Griffin, defense undersecretary for research and engineering, said in a statement published Monday.

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Holly Ridings Appointed NASA’s New Chief Flight Director

Holly Ridings, a flight director at NASA, has been named the space agency's chief flight director, succeeding Norman Knight who now serves as deputy director of flight operations. In Ridings' new role, she will oversee 32 flight directors who manage spaceflight missions with the International Space Station from Johnson Space Center, NASA said Tuesday.

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Report: DHS Names Mark Kneidinger as National Risk Mgmt Center Deputy Chief in Series of Exec Moves

Mark Kneidinger, director of federal network resilience division at the Department of Homeland Security’s office of cybersecurity and communications, has been named deputy director of the National Risk Management Center, Federal News Radio reported Monday. He will serve as deputy to Bob Kolasky, who was appointed director of the center in August.

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Edward Horowitz Named FirstNet Board Chair; Outgoing CEO Mike Poth to Join Private Sector

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has announced that Edward Horowitz, founder and chairman of venture capital firm Edslink, has been appointed chairman of the First Responder Network Authority board and FirstNet CEO Mike Poth has decided to step down from his role to join the private sector.

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State Dept. Vet Tina Kaidanow Appointed DoD International Cooperation Head

Tina Kaidanow, acting assistant secretary for political-military affairs at the State Department, will join the Defense Department as director of international cooperation, Breaking Defense reported Wednesday. Her appointment comes as DoD aims to speed up its procurement and foreign military sales processes.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell Commends Sen. Jim Inhofe’s Appointment as Armed Services Committee Chairman

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has welcomed the appointment of Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Inhofe “rose to the occasion and helped lead the committee in passing crucial legislation that honored the example of his predecessor and the volunteers who defend our nation,” McConnell said in a statement published Wednesday.

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Karen Evans Takes Oath as Head of DOE Cybersecurity Office

Karen Evan, most recently national director for the U.S. Cyber Challenge, was sworn in Tuesday as the first assistant secretary of the Energy Department's Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response. She took the oath of office one week after the Senate approved her nomination.

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Maxar’s Mike Gold Named Chairman of New NASA Advisory Council Panel

Mike Gold, vice president of regulatory issues at Maxar Technologies, has been named chairman of a new committee within the NASA Advisory Council that will address policy and regulatory issues facing commercial space activities, SpaceNews reported Thursday. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine appointed Gold as chairman and announced the creation of the new panel during the advisory council’s meeting Wednesday at Ames Research Center in California.

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