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ODNI Issues Report on Use of National Security Surveillance Authorities; Ben Huebner Quoted

Ben Huebner

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has issued its annual statistical transparency report on the U.S. intelligence community’s use of national security surveillance authorities. The report offers information on the federal government’s use of National Security Letters and authorities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978.

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White House Announces Nominees for National Security Positions at DOD, State Department

White House

President Biden has announced plans to nominate seven individuals to serve in key national security roles at the departments of State and Defense. DOD nominees are Brenda Sue Fulton, Christopher Maier, Deborah Rosenblum and Shawn Skelly. The president's picks for national security posts at the State Department are Donald Lu, Sarah Margon and Jessica Lewis.

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CACI Receives $700M BPA to Provide National Security Investigations for DHS; John Mengucci Quoted

John Mengucci

CACI International announced on Thursday that the company has been awarded a potential five-year, $700 million multiple-award Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide national security investigations to the department. The company will provide enterprise technology and support the full range of case types for DHS and their components.

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Former CISA Executive Nabeela Barbari Joins National Security Council

Nabeela Barbari

Nabeela Barbari, formerly an executive with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), now leads integrated risk management, national security policy and critical infrastructure security in her new role with the National Security Council (NSC). Previously, Barbari held multiple roles with DHS' National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), CISA's predecessor agency.

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Two DOD Organizations Partner to Engage Small Businesses in National Security Tech Programs

National Security

The Department of Defense's Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) and National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) have agreed to create a joint annual program meant to encourage smaller contractors to participate more in the the national technology and industrial base. OSBP Director Farooq Mitha said the two organizations will develop initiatives that align with President Biden's Build Back Better recovery plan

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Receives Briefing on Space Programs, National Security Threats

Lloyd Austin

Gen. Lloyd Austin, secretary of the Department of Defense (DOD) and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, met with John Hill, who is performing the duties of assistant secretary for Space Policy at the Pentagon, and other senior government and military officials to discuss space domain-related national security threats and programs.

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AI National Security Commission Calls for DOD to Develop Career Pathways to Retain AI Talent; Eric Schmidt Quoted

Artificial Intelligence

Leaders and commissioners of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI), said the Department of Defense (DOD) and federal civilian agencies should come up with career pathways to help recruit and retain AI talent in government service. Robert Work said adding a computational thinking section to the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery could help the military identify potential AI talent.

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Lt. Gen. Michael Groen on JAIC’s Efforts to Meet AI National Security Commission’s Final Recommendations

Lt. Gen. Michael Groen

Roughly fifty percent of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence's (NSCAI) recommendations in its final report center on defense and Lt. Gen. Michael Groen, head of the Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said “we’re already working on two-thirds of them. 

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White House Memo Outlines Structure of National Security Council

White House

The White House has issued a new memorandum announcing the renewal of the National Security Council (NSC) system. The memo details the regular attendees of NSC meetings and the structure of the council’s principals committee, deputies committee and interagency policy committees. The interagency policy committees will oversee the development and implementation of national security policies by multiple government agencies. 

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FCC Denies Huawei’s Request for Review of National Security Threat Designation

Federal Communications

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided to uphold its designation of Huawei Technologies as a national security threat after it voted to deny the company’s request for a review of FCC’s order in June 2020. The denial of Huawei’s application for review of the order by the commission's public safety and homeland security bureau suggests that organizations may no longer use FCC’s Universal Service Fund. 

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