Tag Archives: China

Gen. Charles Brown: Air Force Likely to See Major Changes in FY 2023

Gen. Charles Brown

Gen. Charles "C.Q." Brown, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, said he expects to see major changes in the service’s inventory in fiscal year 2023 once the military branch completes force planning exercises and shapes the budget request based on the findings. “We are going to retire some [aircraft in FY22], but it’s not a huge amount,” Brown said. 

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Executive Order to Ban US Investments in Companies Backing China’s Military

White House

President Trump signed Thursday an executive order that prohibits U.S. companies and individuals from investing in Chinese companies that support the Chinese military, CNBC reported. The president has directed the secretary of the Department of the Treasury (USDT) to enforce rules and regulations to implement the provisions of the order.

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Space Force’s Lt. Gen. John Shaw on Int’l Space Domain Issues

Lt. Gen. John Shaw

Lt. Gen. John Shaw, commander of the U.S. Space Force’s Space Operations Command, has said that international issues on the use of space weapons prove that space is a contested domain. Shaw said that the Department of Defense initially built satellite-based command and control systems “as if we were in a benign domain.”

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USCYBERCOM Broadens Operations Against Foreign Adversaries

Cybersecurity

UU.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) moved to expand its operations to identify cyber threat actors from countries like Russia, China and Iran ahead of the presidential elections Tuesday as part of efforts to protect against potential foreign interference. The USCYBERCOM official said the command has active chatrooms with interagency partners to facilitate sharing of information on cyber threats. 

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Christopher Krebs: US Cloud Leadership Key to Winning 5G Race

Christopher Krebs

Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the U.S. has the edge over China in the development of 5G networks due to the country’s existing infrastructure in the cloud. “We really own the cloud space. So we should be able to have that next generation of technology," said Krebs. 

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Mark Esper, India’s Defense Minister Meet to Discuss Intell Data Sharing Agreement

Mark Esper

Mark Esper, secretary of the Department of Defense and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, met with Rajnath Singh, India’s defense minister, to discuss the basic exchange and cooperation agreement to facilitate sharing of sensitive satellite intelligence data between the two countries. The agreement would provide India access to aeronautical, topographical and nautical intelligence data

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NSA Releases Advisory on China-Linked Cyber Vulnerabilities; Anne Neuberger Quoted

Anne Neuberger

The National Security Agency (NSA) has issued an advisory on 25 cyber vulnerabilities tied to Chinese state-sponsored malicious activities. NSA released the advisory on the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) to encourage Department of Defense entities as well as  national security and defense industrial base stakeholders to take necessary precautions.

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DHS Issues Homeland Threat Assessment; Chad Wolf Quoted

Chad Wolf

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a report about national security threats facing the country based on insights collected from DHS’ operational and intelligence components. “When the American people read this [Homeland Threat Assessment] they will be more aware of the traditional threats facing the Homeland like terrorism and organized crime,” said Chad Wolf, acting DHS secretary

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Joe Francescon: Irregular Warfare Annex to NDS Communicates DoD’s Proactive Efforts Against Security Threats

Joe Francescon

Joe Francescon, deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations and combatting terrorism, said the unclassified summary of the Irregular Warfare Annex to the 2018 National Defense Strategy allows the Department of Defense (DoD) to relay to interagency and industry partners and to the public about its proactive initiatives to prevent crises, DoD News reported Friday.

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Trump Signs Executive Order to Address US Reliance on Foreign Adversaries’ Critical Minerals

White House

President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to declare a national emergency to help address the threat posed by the country’s dependence on critical minerals from foreign adversaries to U.S. national security, economy and foreign policy. The secretary of the State Department should hand over to the executive branch a report to establish resilient critical mineral supply chains,

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