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FAR Amendment Bans Gov’t Purchase of Chinese Telecom, Video Surveillance Equipment

The Department of Defense, General Services Administration and NASA are issuing an interim final rule prohibiting agencies from purchasing telecommunications and video surveillance equipment from selected Chinese vendors. The rule amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation to include a section of the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act and covers all existing indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contracts seeking services or equipment for securing and monitoring critical government infrastructure. 

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Rep. Will Hurd Won’t Seek Re-Election

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) announced that he will not run for re-election in 2020 “in order to pursue opportunities outside the halls of Congress to solve problems at the nexus between technology and national security.” Hurd, a 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, wrote in an editorial published Thursday about the “generational challenges” facing the U.S., including the geopolitical competition with China, the increasing incidents of cyber attacks and competition for leadership in the field of artificial intelligence.

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Christopher Wray on FBI’s Efforts to Fight Threats Posed by Russia, China

FBI Director Christopher Wray said Russia continues to carry out election interference efforts and that the U.S. considers China as the most “severe counterintelligence threat,” Nextgov reported Wednesday. Wray told the Senate Judiciary Committee in his testimony Tuesday that the bureau is collaborating with the private sector and other federal agencies to make the public aware of Russia’s influence and misinformation campaigns as well as counter the spread of deepfakes.

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Gov’t Leaders Discuss Nat’l Security Threats at NDIA’s CBRN Conference

Senior government officials discussed a range of national concerns on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense during the National Defense Industrial Association’s CBRN Conference and Exhibition in Delaware, National Defense magazine reported Tuesday. Andrew Kilianski, chief intelligence officer at the joint program executive office for CBRN, said that focus must be shifted to emerging threats and potential attacks from near-peer adversaries.

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Congress Hearing Tackles U.S. Energy Grid Cybersecurity

Congress members are expressing growing interest to address the risks of foreign cyber attacks against the U.S. electric grid, The Hill reported Sunday. Lawmakers' interest on the issue has been growing in response to infrastructure-related cyber attacks from Iran and cited threats from China and Russia, the report noted.

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Intelligence Officials Raise Concerns Over China’s Threat to US Intellectual Property

Intelligence officials discussed the threat posed by China to U.S. intellectual property, technology secrets and consumer data during the Defense One Tech Summit , C4ISRNET reported Friday. John Demers, assistant attorney general for national security at the Department of Justice, said China is homing in on IP across artificial intelligence, agriculture, high-speed rail and other technology areas.

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Joint Chiefs Nominee Gen. Mark Milley: DoD Needs to Strengthen Information Warfare, Cyber Capabilities

Army Gen. Mark Milley, the White House’s nominee to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Department of Defense should improve its information warfare, cyber and electronic warfare capabilities to counter threats posed by Russia, China and other competitors, C4ISRNET reported Thursday.

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Vice Adm. Thomas Moore: Navy Intends to Upgrade Launchers on Destroyers for Hypersonic Weapons

Vice Adm. Thomas Moore, head of Naval Sea Systems Command, said the U.S. Navy plans to upgrade launchers on its Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers to accommodate hypersonic missiles, Defense News reported Sunday. “Vertical launch system has been a real game-changer for us."

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Christopher Krebs: US Must Leverage Offensive Capabilities to Address Adversary Actions

Christopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said during an interview with CBS that the U.S. needs to deploy a “range of tools” to address active adversarial threats. Krebs, also a 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, noted that the government needs to take action through legal sanctions as well as overt and covert offensive capabilities to respond to adversaries such as nation states, proxy groups or criminal entities, CBS reported Wednesday

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Christopher Krebs: CISA to Work With DOE on Maintaining US Tech Leadership

Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, said that U.S. “innovation edge” will retain the nation’s status as a global technological leader, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Krebs told attendees at a Chertoff Group event in Washington that CISA seeks to work with the Energy Department in protecting critical systems as the U.S. continues to compete with Russia and China in tech leadership.

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