Technology

IPC’s John Mitchell: DOD Should Consider CMMC Compliance’s Impact on Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises

Inventory Management

John Mitchell, president and CEO of electronics manufacturing industry association IPC, said the Department of Defense (DOD) should give careful consideration to small and medium-sized businesses seeking to comply with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program. Leslie Weinstein, author of the IPC report on CMMC, said DOD can use existing industry certifications and standards to help reduce the costs and address uncertainties associated with CMMC compliance.

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INDOPACOM, MDA Request Additional Funding For Ballistic Missile Defense Systems; Vice Adm. Jon Hill Quoted

Indo-Pacific Command

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command in its customary unfunded requirements list sent to Congress contains $889.94 million worth of projects and programs. INDOPACOM’s chief concern is more funding to develop a ballistic missile defense system for Guam. These lists are sent to Congress every year to help guide lawmakers as they decide what might require additional funding. 

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U.S. Cyber Command Requests $93.4M From Congress in Additional Funding; Gen. Paul Nakasone Quoted

Gen. Paul Nakasone

U.S. Cyber Command has requested an additional $62 million in funding to reinforce the Department of Defense’s (DOD) information technology (IT) networks as part of its unfunded priorities that were not included in Cyber Command’s fiscal 2022 budget request. The cybersecurity request topped a list of four unfunded priorities totaling $93.4 million. 

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CISA Issues Fact Sheet to Protect Operational Tech From Cyber Attacks

Cybersecurity and

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released a document to help organizations secure operational technology and control systems from ransomware threats. CISA said Wednesday that it advises organizations to develop manual controls that can maintain critical processes and industrial control systems amid ransomware risks.

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NCCoE Drafts Document to Guide Ransomware Risk Management

National Cybersecurity

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has issued a draft report made to help organizations manage risks related to ransomware attacks. NCCoE's Cybersecurity Framework Profile for Ransomware Risk Management draft defines security objectives to help parties prevent, address and recover from ransomware attacks, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) said Thursday.

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Mike White: Hypersonic Tech is a Key Part of DOD Modernization

Mike White

Mike White, the principal director of hypersonics within the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, said the technology he is in charge of is an important part of the military's modernization. He said hypersonic weapons have the potential to strike high-priority targets and can sustain high-altitude flight at speeds near Mach 5.

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DOE Announces $54M Clean Energy R&D Funding for 235 Small Businesses; Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Department of Energy

The Department of Energy (DOE) will award $54 million worth of federal funding to 235 small businesses to support 266 research and development projects focused on advanced grid technologies, artificial intelligence, carbon capture and storage, solar and hydrogen power, electric vehicle batteries and other technological products that could help DOE record net-zero emissions by 2050.

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GAO Offers Recommendations for DHS’ Biometric Tech Replacement Program

DHS HART Program

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has called on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS to fully implement risk management best practices with regard to its Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) program that seeks to replace its biometric identity management system. Succeeding increments are expected to be implemented in 2022 and 2024.

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Senate Passes $250B US Competitiveness Bill to Advance Research, Tech Development

Innovation and

The Senate voted 68-32 to pass the Innovation and Competition Act, a bipartisan bill to authorize nearly $250 billion for scientific research, technology development and manufacturing efforts meant to increase U.S.' global competitive position. The bill would allocate a five-year. $29 billion budget to establish a technology and innovation directorate within the National Science Foundation (NSF). 

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White House Seeks to Address Near-Term Supply Chain Challenges With New Task Force

White House

The Biden administration will form a supply chain disruptions task force to help address short-term supply chain challenges and address near-term mismatches between supply and demand in areas such as semiconductors, construction and agriculture. The White House outlined some of the initiatives it has started to address vulnerabilities in U.S. supply chains. 

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