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DoD Formalizes Nonprofit Board’s Authority to Certify Third-Party Cybersecurity Assessors

Ty Schieber, chairman of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification accreditation board, said the Department of Defense has granted the nonprofit group formal authority to select third-party assessment organizations that will audit companies' CMMC compliance, FedScoop reported Thursday.

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Gen. David Berger Releases Marine Force Design 2030

Gen. David Berger, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, outlined his plans for advancing the transformation of the service branch’s force structure by 2030, Seapower Magazine reported Thursday. The Force Design 2030 report seeks to shift the Marine Corps’ focus from countering violent extremism in the Middle East to peer-level competition in the Indo-Pacific region in accordance with the National Defense Strategy.

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Suzette Kent: Agency CIOs, Industry ‘Acting With Urgency’ to Meet IT Demand

Suzette Kent, federal chief information officer and a 2020 Wash100 award winner, said agency CIOs, the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and industry partners are ramping up efforts to meet the information technology demand among teleworkers and carry out missions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Federal News Network reported Thursday.

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DHS S&T Supports Coronavirus Research

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate has launched a study to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 disease' coronavirus. DHS said Wednesday its Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office is working with the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center to help scientists learn more about the virus. Results may support first responders and medical personnel dealing with the issue.

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Space Force Maintains Industrial Activities in Calif Amid COVID-19

Space and Missile Systems Center, now part of the U.S. Space Force, approached California's state and local officials to maintain space technology production activities amid the coronavirus outbreak, Space News reported Wednesday. Lt. Gen. John Thompson, SMC's commander, said they had to sustain authorities' awareness of work being done in support of national defense.

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