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Congress Hearing Tackles U.S. Energy Grid Cybersecurity

Congress members are expressing growing interest to address the risks of foreign cyber attacks against the U.S. electric grid, The Hill reported Sunday. Lawmakers' interest on the issue has been growing in response to infrastructure-related cyber attacks from Iran and cited threats from China and Russia, the report noted.

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Trump Issues Executive Order on Citizenship Data Collection

President Trump issued an executive order directing agencies to provide “the maximum assistance permissible” to the Commerce Department to ensure the accuracy of citizenship records relevant to the 2020 decennial census on Thursday. The directive comes after the Supreme Court ruled in Department of Commerce v. New York that the decision to include a citizenship status element in the 2020 decennial census was “substantively invalid”.

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Senate to Develop NASA Human Spaceflight Bill

Sens. Ted Cruz, Roger Wicker, Krysten Sinema and Maria Cantwell have collaborated to create a bill to help NASA direct its human spaceflight activities, SpaceNews reported Friday. The unnamed legislation follows a filed Mars exploration bill in 2017 and will support commercial space initiatives for manned Moon missions by 2024.

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Intelligence Officials Raise Concerns Over China’s Threat to US Intellectual Property

Intelligence officials discussed the threat posed by China to U.S. intellectual property, technology secrets and consumer data during the Defense One Tech Summit , C4ISRNET reported Friday. John Demers, assistant attorney general for national security at the Department of Justice, said China is homing in on IP across artificial intelligence, agriculture, high-speed rail and other technology areas.

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Air Force to Add Fourth Advanced Tech & Training Center in Utah

The U.S. Air Force is slated to open its fourth Advanced Technology and Training Center along the Wasatch mountain range near Hill AF base in Utah. The service branch said Thursday that ATTC-Wasatch will house training and qualification activities for new technologies “without interrupting actual aircraft maintenance production.”

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Stanford Students Develop App to Support Military Training

A team of Stanford University graduate students from multiple disciplines have won a Department of Defense-led competition for military-applied technologies. The team entered a training support app, originally designed to accelerate and streamline athletic training, to the Hacking4Defense competition in San Francisco, Calif., Stanford said Thursday.

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Industry Group Urging Gov’t to Launch Efforts in Identity Mgmt Tech

Industry senior leaders recommend government entities promote the use of next-generation identity, credential and access management capabilities instead of traditional password-based authenticators, Fedscoop reported Thursday. Matt Lira, special assistant to the president at the White House Office of American Innovation, told audiences at a Business Roundtable event in Washintgon, D.C. that the government has “a major role to play” in rolling out advanced ICAM technologies to modernize digital identity procedures.

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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine Hosting Conference to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing on July 15th

Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, will host a media teleconference on Monday, July 15th at 1 p.m. EDT to celebrate the 50th anniversary of astronauts first walking on the Moon in 1969, which is regarded as one of humanity’s greatest achievements. 

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