Tag Archives: China

Rep. Rick Larsen Highlights Need for U.S. Investment in Military Software Capabilities

Rep. Rick Larsen

Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., said the U.S. should invest in military software capabilities, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, to better compete with China. He also noted that the Pentagon is taking advantage of AI investments the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has made in the past four decades and that 5G networks should not be easily breached.

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DOD States Position on Drones From Chinese Tech Company DJI

Pentagon

The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a statement saying drones manufactured by China-based Da Jiang Innovations pose a national security threat and that a report that those systems were approved for purchase and use by U.S. government agencies was inaccurate. The Pentagon prohibited the use and procurement of all commercial off-the-shelf drones due to cyber issues in 2018.

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U.S. Government, Allies Link Microsoft Exchange Hack to China

Federal Cybersecurity

The U.S. government and allies, including the U.K., European Union and NATO, have attributed the Microsoft Exchange Server (MSS) and other malicious cyber activities to threat actors with ties to China’s ministry of state security. Cyber actors linked to China’s MSS used zero-day vulnerabilities in Exchange Server to perform “cyber espionage operations."

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Gen. Paul Nakasone: Navy-Marine Corps Integration Needed to Counter Cyberattacks

Gen. Paul Nakasone

Gen. Paul Nakasone, head of U.S. Cyber Command and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said cybersecurity is national security and the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps must be ready to address cyberattacks. “Continuing Navy-Marine Corps integration must account for the information environment, especially adversary intrusions, information operations and next-gen cryptography,” said Nakasone. 

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House Lawmakers Propose Secure Equipment Act of 2021; Jessica Rosenworcel Quoted

Telecommunications

Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., have proposed a bill to protect U.S. telecommunications networks from national security threats posed by equipment produced by Chinese state-backed companies. "This legislation will help protect our national security by ensuring that untrustworthy communications equipment is not authorized for use within our borders,” said Jessica Rosenworcel, acting chairwoman of FCC. 

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Bill Nelson: NASA Needs More Funds to Foster Competition in Lunar Lander Program

Bill Nelson

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson wants the Senate to boost NASA's funds as the space agency seeks to finance a second contractor for an existing lunar lander project. Nelson told the Senate Appropriations Committee that NASA needs more funds to promote competition in the Human Landing System (HLS) program, which seeks to produce a lunar lander. 

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White House Expands Ban on U.S. Investments in Chinese Defense, Surveillance Tech Firms

White House

President Biden signed an executive order on Thursday expanding the scope of a previous policy that prohibits U.S. companies and individuals from investing in Chinese companies with ties to China’s military. The Biden administration named 59 Chinese companies subject to the executive order’s prohibitions and the U.S. government will begin implementing the ban on U.S. investments in the listed entities starting Aug. 2nd.

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Colin Kahl: DOD Must Compete With China Through Collaborative Approach

Colin Kahl

Colin Kahl, undersecretary of defense for policy, said the military must address China in an integrated, collaborative way that supports U.S. interests and security. He said the U.S. would have a more competitive relationship with China. Kahl noted that handling relations with China will require a holistic response that also involves the participation of non-defense agencies and international partners. 

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Darlene Costello: DOD, Space Industry Work Together to Combat IP Theft

Darlene Costello

Darlene Costello, acting assistant secretary of the U.S. Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, said the Department of Defense (DOD) and space companies “have their best people” working to counter China’s attempts to steal and compromise intellectual property data. Costello noted that companies offer incentives to protect their intellectual property.

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Space-Based Capabilities Critical to U.S. National Security, DOD Officials Say

John Hill

John Hill, principal director for space policy at the Department of Defense (DOD), told the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) that the U.S. needs bolstered space-based technologies to compete with foreign adversaries. Hill said U.S. national security requires these technologies as adversaries Russia and China continue to invest in counter-space systems.

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