GAO: Federal Government Needs Comprehensive Cybersecurity Strategy

Cybersecurity Threats

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the federal government develop and implement a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy, mitigate supply chain risks and address weaknesses in its information security programs to strengthen cyber and information technology management efforts. GAO issued an update in March and highlighted the need for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and other federal agencies to fully implement key measures to improve IT management.

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Gen. James Dickinson: Spacecom has a More Operational Role In Space Defense

Gen. James Dickinson

Gen. James Dickinson, who leads U.S. Space Command, said Spacecom has a more operational role than the U.S. Space Force in military activities. He said at the McCrary Institute/Space Policy Institute's "Securing Space" event that the Space Force is in charge of planning, training and arming the U.S. military's space component, and Spacecom puts those preparations to use.

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Cyber Command Sees Procurement Opportunities After Budget Limit Removal

Cybersecurity Threats

Congress lifted U.S. Cyber Command's $75 million spending limit and USCYBERCOM leaders believe this action would allow for creative procurement strategies. Sharothi Pikar, the command's acquisition executive, said fully removing the procurement ceiling would allow USCYBERCOM to more flexibly address operational requirements. Congress lifted the procurement limit through the recent National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). 

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Noblis Launches Noblis MSD Following McKean Defense Acquisition; CEO Amr ElSawy Quoted

Amr ElSawy

Noblis announced on Wednesday that the company has launched Noblis MSD, a new rebranded subsidiary made up of the recently acquired McKean Defense Group and Cabrillo Technologies, to deliver solutions that drive new levels of scale, agility, efficiency and innovation for the defense clients. Noblis MSD will focus on supporting the unique needs of its defense clients. 

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Navy’s Prize Competition Seeks Expeditionary USVs for Waterside Security; Steve Bordonaro Quoted

Unmanned Surface Vessel

A Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) division has launched a prize challenge for technology companies to design an unmanned surface vehicle for waterside security operations. NUWC Newport wants a cheap, modular and attributable USV that can carry various payloads, be assembled in less than two hours and be reused with minimal maintenance, Naval Sea Systems Command said Tuesday.

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NASA Clears Boeing Starliner Spacecraft for 2nd Uncrewed Flight Test

CST-100 Starliner

Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft has passed the launch readiness review phase, clearing the way for the company to launch its second uncrewed test flight as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program. Starliner is scheduled to liftoff on Friday at 2:53 p.m. Eastern time at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida aboard United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket, the agency said Tuesday.

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Air Force Tests Vidisco-Built Digital Imaging Platform for Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Guardian 12 X-Ray System

The U.S. Air Force's explosive ordnance disposal technicians have tested a portable imaging system Vidisco developed to help military users view X-ray images of homemade and unexploded bombs. The 22-pound Guardian 12 Digital Radiographic device has a compact case that can be carried for flyaway operations and is designed to function even in extreme temperatures, the Air Force said Tuesday.

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VA Begins Efforts to Create Pool of Candidates for Undersecretary for Health Position

Undersecretary Candidates

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has begun its search for candidates as part of efforts to fill the role of undersecretary of health to oversee the Veterans Health Administration. VA is establishing a pool of candidates for consideration by the U.S. president. The department is looking for candidates with experience overseeing the operations of a large health care enterprise. 

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Lt. Gen. John Thompson to Retire as Space & Missile Systems Center Commander; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Lt. Gen. John Thompson

Lt. Gen. John Thompson, the longest-serving three-star commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), is set to retire on Aug. 1st, culminating his 36 years of service at the U.S. Air Force. Senior leaders from the Department of Defense joined SMC and 61st Air Base Group members in a ceremony to celebrate Thompson's career. 

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GAO: TSA Launches Efforts to Address Weaknesses Related to Pipeline Cybersecurity

Pipeline Security

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) made 15 recommendations for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to deal with weaknesses concerning its oversight of U.S. pipeline systems and found that TSA has addressed most of them, such as enhancing monitoring of security review performance, clarifying parts of its Pipeline Security Guidelines and evaluating staffing needs.

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