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FCC Declares Huawei, ZTE as Threats to National Security; Ajit Pai Quoted

Ajit Pai

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) public safety and homeland security bureau has designated Huawei Technologies and ZTE as national security threats as part of efforts to safeguard U.S. communications networks from security risks. The designation suggests that organizations may no longer use FCC’s Universal Service Fund to buy, maintain, modify or support any services or equipment provided by ZTE and Huawei. 

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Space Force’s Organizational Structure Unveiled; Gen. Jay Raymond Quoted

Gen. Jay Raymond

The U.S. Space Force’s organizational structure finalized by the Department of the Air Force will be composed of three echelons: field commands, deltas and squadrons. Space Systems Command (SSC), Space Operations Command (SpOC) and Space Training and Readiness Command (STARCOM) will serve as the military branch’s three field commands.

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General Dynamics Commences Construction of Fourth Navy Expeditionary Sea Base

General Dynamics

General Dynamics' National Steel and Shipbuilding Company has started the assembly of the U.S. Navy's fourth expeditionary sea base vessel. Expeditionary sea bases function as mobile sea bases and are built to support various missions including special operations and aviation mine countermeasure activities. 

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Air Force Funds Research Efforts in Quantum Technologies

AFRL

Twenty-three small businesses received $5.25 million in contract funds from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to accelerate research efforts for quantum technologies through the first phase of the Small Business Technology Transfer program. The U.S. Air Force (USAF) has awarded 35 contracts worth $150,000 each during a two-day virtual quantum collider pitch event.

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Sens. Rob Portman, Brian Schatz Introduce Deepfake Report Act for 2021

Deepfake Tech

Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, have presented a renewed bill to address the issue of deepfakes, realistic images that may falsely depict people or events via digital manipulation and artificial intelligence. The newer 2021 Deepfake Report Act is proposed as an NDAA amendment.

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OIG Report: NASA Must Improve Info Security Controls, Contingency Plans

NASA

NASA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has found that the agency failed to implement an enterprise-wide information security program and that it had inaccurate and incomplete security plans for six information systems. The OIG claims that four out of six systems were operating without contingency plans or with outdated plans meant to meet requirements.

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