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Report: NSA Suggests Cancellation of Phone Records Surveillance Program

The National Security Agency recommends that the White House end a surveillance program that gathers data on U.S. phone calls and text messages to detect and disrupt any terrorist plot against the country, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Sources said the recommendation stems from concerns that the program’s intelligence benefits have been outweighed by legal compliance and logistical issues.

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DISA Passes 100K Mark for ‘Purebred’ Device Credential Issuance System

The Defense Information Systems Agency issued over-the-air derived credentials to the 100,000th device through the Department of Defense's Purebred mobile certification system last month, DISA said Wednesday. Purebred is designed to handle encrypted communications and secure web browsing for certified DoD mobile devices without constantly requiring a common access card and smart card reader.

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Caroline Bean: DoD’s milCloud 2.0 Migration Effort Open to Industry Support

Caroline Bean, the Defense Information Systems Agency’s infrastructure branch chief, said that companies seeking collaborations with the Department of Defense may want to support the milCloud 2.0 effort, Government CIO Media reported Wednesday. Bean, also the program manager for milCloud 2.0, noted that government partners should consider including cloud migration plans in contract scopes to develop future cloud strategies during General Dynamics Information Technology’s Emerge 2019 event.

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Pentagon Intel Head Calls for Increased Focus on ‘Uncompromised’ Military Tech

William Stephens, director of counterintelligence at Defense Security Service, said the Pentagon and industry should ensure that warfighters receive “uncompromised” weapons and technology since U.S. adversaries have been targeting U.S. military systems. The official wants to ensure that the only people who understand or can use the technologies are its developers, the acquiring military branch and service members, the Department of Defense said Wednesday

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DHS, OMB Launch Collab to Improve Federal Supply Chain Security

The Office of Management and Budget is coordinating cybersecurity efforts with the Department of Homeland Security to enhance protection of the federal supply chain, FCW reported Wednesday. OMB's new Federal Acquisition Security Council launched efforts to support the DHS Information and Communications Technology Supply Chain Task Force manage security risks in acquisition and purchasing. 

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NIST Issues Final ‘Green Paper’ to Boost Federal Innovation

The National Institute of Standards and Technology released the findings from its final “green paper” showing how the government could bring federally funded inventions from laboratories to markets faster. The report contains 15 key findings focusing on streamlined federal regulations, public-private partnerships, building an entrepreneurial workforce and support for innovation, NIST said Wednesday

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USCYBERCOM Shifts Focus to Interagency, International Collaboration

U.S. Cyber Command is focusing on how to help other federal government components address cyber threats from foreign adversaries, Fedscoop reported Wednesday. Brig. Gen. Timothy Haugh, leader of USCYBERCOM's Cyber National Mission Force, said that mission outcomes depend on how the country aids foreign and domestic industry partners in protecting national assets during a recent Atlantic Council event. 

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Suzette Kent: Gov’t Must Optimize Critcal Data Protection

Suzette Kent, federal chief information officer at the Office of Management and Budget and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said the federal government needs to reinforce the security of critical data, SIGNAL Magazine reported Wednesday. “As we look to a future where we are sharing more data, it is imperative that we improve the security of that data," added Kent.

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Army Seeks AI, Robotics Tech to Support Combat Capability Modernization

The U.S. Army is seeking industry assistance on four capability sets focused on utilizing artificial intelligence and robotics to modernize combat operations, National Defense reported Wednesday. Lt. Gen. Eric Wesley, deputy commanding general for the Army Futures Command's futures and concepts center, said the Army needs AI and machine learning-driven capabilities that cover lethality, stand-off, penetration and convergence functions during a recently held National Defense Industrial Association event. 

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Trump Signs Executive Order to Move Background Investigations Work to DoD

President Trump officially transferred the federal government’s security clearance and background investigations to a Department of Defense office through an executive order, Nextgov reported Wednesday. The EO renames the Defense Security Service as Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency, which will assume all investigations-related work by the end of September.

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