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White House Unveils National Strategy Protecting US From Space Weather Events

The Trump Administration released a new national strategy to guide the federal government in protecting the country’s critical infrastructures and security for future space weather events, such as solar storms and flares. White House unveiled the National Space Weather Strategy and Action Plan on Friday that aims to help the country prepare, predict and manage with space weather hazards.

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Sens. John Cornyn, Richard Burr, Mark Warner Present 5G Telecom Security Bill

Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Mark Warner, D-Va., introduced a bill intended to protect the country's modern telecommunications systems and infrastructure. The Secure 5G and Beyond Act would direct the president to formulate an inter-agency strategy on the security of technologies under fifth generation and future classifications, Warner's office said Wednesday.

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Army Issues Missile Defense Strategy to Deter Modern Threats

Lt. Gen. James Dickinson, chief of Space and Missile Defense Command, said the air and missile defense framework of the U.S. Army will leverage new technologies and build mission ready forces to counter emerging threats, including unmanned aerial systems and hypersonic weapons, Defense News reported Wednesday. The framework aims to provide troops the ability to protect maneuvering ground forces and critical assets in multi-domain operations.

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Robert Work on DoD’s Use of AI in Weapons Development

Robert Work, former deputy secretary at the Department of Defense, said DoD is “absolutely unapologetic” about efforts to advance the development of artificial intelligence-based weapons, Nextgov reported Wednesday. “If we’re going to succeed against a competitor like China that’s all in on this competition … we’re going to have to grasp the inevitability of AI,” Work said Wednesday at an AFCEA event.

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Ellen Lord Says Defense Will Issue New Cybersecurity Standards for Contractors

Ellen Lord, the undersecretary for acquisition and logistics at the Pentagon, said officials plan to issue new cyber security standards for the industry to follow when competing for defense contracts, Fifth Domain reported Tuesday. The Department of Defense is working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to create metrics on minimum cyber security practices.

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Ellen Lord: DoD to Begin 5G Experiments in 2019

Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, told attendees at a recent Atlantic Council event that the Department of Defense will conduct a series of experiments on 5G communications technology, Defense One reported Monday. The DoD’s research and engineering arm will oversee the experiments scheduled for later this year.

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USMC Tests New Grenade Launcher for Future Implementation

The U.S. Marine Corps intends to implement a new grenade launcher to support long-range and short-range infantry engagements and performed tests to evaluate the weapon's technical characteristics. The M320A1 weapon is geared for standalone and rifle-mounted use during day and night operations, the service branch said Friday.

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