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Gen. Paul Nakasone on Cybersecurity, Foreign Election Interference

Gen. Paul Nakasone

Gen. Paul Nakasone, head of U.S. Cyber Command and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said cybersecurity is national security and opens up a “new strategic environment of competition." Cybercom is now preparing to ensure the security of the 2022 midterm elections and Nakasone discussed how the command works to counter cyber threats as more countries attempt to interfere with U.S. democratic processes.

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Adm. Charles Richard: U.S. Needs to Refine Operating Concepts Amid Chinese, Russian Threats

Adm. Charles Richard

Adm. Charles Richard, who leads U.S. Strategic Command, said the military needs to reexamine its operating concepts as China and Russia continue to jointly pose strategic threats. He said at the Hudson Institute that the Department of Defense's operational plans may fall apart if strategic deterrence is not met.

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Adm. Charles Richard: Integrated Deterrence Needed to Remain Ahead of China, Russia

Adm. Charles Richard

Adm. Charles Richard, head of U.S. Strategic Command, has called for an integrated multi-domain deterrence to avoid being overtaken by modernizing China and Russia. He suggested investing in a secure nuclear architecture, improve conventional forces, field emerging weapons technologies and stand up the Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) system.

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Gen. Glen VanHerck: U.S. Needs Domain Awareness, Information Dominance to Address Future Threats

Gen. Glen VanHerck

Gen. Glen VanHerck, who leads U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), said the U.S. must capitalize on domain awareness and information dominance to deal with Russian and Chinese threats. He spoke at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium to discuss potential kinetic and non-kinetic approaches the U.S. can implement to defend against adversaries.

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Gen. Charles Brown: Air Force Must ‘Rightsize’ Capabilities to Confront Global Security Threats

Charles Brown Jr.

Gen. Charles Brown Jr., chief of staff at the U.S. Air Force, said at a recent National Press Club event that the service branch must determine the right mix of force, aircraft and technology necessary to confront projected national and global security challenges in 2030. “I really believe, without change, we are at risk of losing," Brown said.

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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

Virtual Private Network

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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