Tag Archives: China

CRS Issues Report on 5G Tech’s National Security Implications

Congressional Research

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has released a report outlining some of the national security implications of 5G-enabled mobile technologies. CRS said in the April 23rd report that Congress may consider policies for national security, spectrum management, and military operations as 5G platforms are developed and fielded. 

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Michael White: Hypersonics Key to Ensuring US Battlefield Dominance

Michael White

Michael White, principal director for Hypersonics at the Office of the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering (OUSD (R&E)), said the Department of Defense’s (DOD) modernization strategy considers hypersonics as one of the top priorities in order to ensure edge on the battlefield. White said the Pentagon came up with the Hypersonics Modernization Strategy to advance the development of hypersonic-based warfighting capabilities. 

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Marine Corp to Invest $1B in Electromagnetic Warfare Research

U.S. Marines

The Marine Corps plans to invest approximately $1 billion in electromagnetic warfare systems over the next five years. The Corp wants to develop future electromagnetic systems that fall into four categories, platform-agnostic, widely distributed and scalable, capabilities on-demand and mutually supporting networks

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U.S. Army Refocusing Electronic Warfare Capabilities to Indo-Pacific Region; Col. Daniel Holland Quoted

U.S. Army

The U.S. Army announced that the service branch is seeking ways to optimize forthcoming electronic warfare equipment to operate in the Indo-Pacific theater against maritime targets. Until recently, the Army’s research on electromagnetic spectrum-related capabilities has focused on countering Russia's threat in Europe. However, some prototype equipment has reached units operating in the Pacific theater. 

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Senators Introduce Legislation to Assist DOD Quantum Computing Efforts; Sen. Maggie Hassan Quote

U.S. Senate

Congress is pushing for the Department of Defense (DOD) to improve its workforce in the highly specialized quantum computing field. Sens. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H. and John Thune, R-S.D have introduced two bills aimed at streamlining pipelines for the DOD and the private sector to acquire students graduating with quantum-related degrees.

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Avril Haines Testifies at Senate Hearing on Threats Linked to Chinese Tech, Investments

Avril Haines

Avril Haines, director of national intelligence and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, and other U.S. intelligence leaders appeared Wednesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss the threats posed by China to the U.S. “Many countries are starting to do CFIUS-like processes. It’s another reason for why our counterparts are talking to us,” Haines told lawmakers.

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Avril Haines Submits Intelligence Community’s 2021 Global Threat Assessment to Congress

Avril Haines

Avril Haines, director of National Intelligence (DNI) and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, has submitted to Congress a report detailing the global threats to U.S. national security in accordance with section 617 of the fiscal year 2021 Intelligence Authorization Act. The 2021 Annual Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community looks at the diverse array of threats the U.S. and its allies will face in the coming year. 

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Lawmakers Call on White House to Fund Chip Manufacturing, Research

Semiconductor Research

A bipartisan group of Senate and House lawmakers wrote a letter to President Biden urging him to prioritize funding for semiconductor research and development and manufacturing at federal agencies as his administration works on a budget proposal for fiscal year 2022. The lawmakers called on the Biden administration to fund the programs authorized in the CHIPS for America Act

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DOD, Allied Counterparts Form Polar Environment Research Partnership

ICE-PPR

The Department of Defense (DoD) has entered into an agreement with six allied counterparts to conduct research into the environmental conditions of the Earth’s polar regions. ICE-PPR comes as part of the U.S. Navy’s efforts to survey the Arctic landscape to potentially gain an advantage over U.S. rivals such as Russia and China. 

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President Biden’s Defense Appropriations Budget Process Stymied by Congressional Legislative Backlog

U.S. Congress

President Biden is expected to submit to Congress the administration's discretionary spending top line requests for the fiscal year 2022 on Friday, signaling the start of the annual budget and appropriations process. The upcoming $715 billion defense budget request is slightly less than 2021’s request when adjusted for inflation.

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