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Chris Shank: DoD Plans to Create Joint Agency for Space Tech Dev’t

During the recent American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics event in San Diego, Calif., Chris Shank, the Department of Defense’s Strategic Capabilities Office director, said the U.S. plans to establish a joint Space Development Agency to reinforce its space leadership, DoD said Tuesday. Shank said the Pentagon will work extensively this year on the creation of the new agency as part of its efforts to rapidly prototype and field new space technologies.

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GAO Lists 26 Biggest National Threats Based on Federal Polls

The Government Accountability Office identified the 26 biggest threats to the country based on input from the Departments of Defense, State and Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, National Interest reported Thursday. Among these threats are China, Russia, Iran, artificial intelligence, drones and the internet of things.

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FBI’s Christopher Wray: Chinese State-Backed Cyber Hacking Group Targets IP, Confidential Business Info

FBI Director Christopher Wray has said a group of Chinese state-sponsored threat actors compromised the computers of U.S. government agencies, firms and other organizations worldwide to steal large volumes of confidential business data and intellectual property. Wray made the remarks during a recent press conference announcing the indictment of two members of the APT 10 cyber hacking group - Zhu Hua and Zhang Shilong - linked to the Chinese state security ministry.

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Shanahan Details Plans as New DoD Chief at First National Security Meeting

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan held his first national security meeting informing senior military officials about his plans as head of the Department of Defense, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. At the Pentagon, he told secretaries and undersecretaries of military services and other defense officials that he will continue the efforts set by former Secretary Jim Mattis under the national defense strategy.

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Report: Trump Eyes Executive Order to Ban Corporate Purchases of Chinese-Made Telecoms Equipment

President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order that would keep U.S. firms from buying and using products from Chinese telecommunications firms ZTE and Huawei, Reuters reported Thursday. Sources told Reuters the White House could release the executive order as soon as January.

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Michael Griffin: DoD Eyes Boost-Glide Hypersonics to Counter Adversaries

Michael Griffin, undersecretary for research and engineering at the Department of Defense, has said the Pentagon has begun to ramp up efforts to build hypersonic weapons as Russia and China advance development work on the technology, DoD News reported Thursday. Griffin said Thursday at a National Defense Industrial Association-sponsored event in Washington that DoD considers developing boost-glide, air-breathing hypersonic platforms.

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GAO Develops Four Categories for Long-Range National Security Threats

The Government Accountability Office has issued a report that divides into four categories 26 long-range threats to U.S. national security identified by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the departments of Defense, Homeland Security and State. Those categories are dual-use technologies; weapons; events and demographic changes; and political and military advancements of adversaries, GAO said Thursday.

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Sen. Jim Inhofe, Rep. Mac Thornberry Urge White House to Back $733B DoD Budget for Fiscal 2020

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) have called on the Trump administration to back away from the plan to impose a $33B cut to the Defense Department’s budget for fiscal 2020. Inhofe and Thornberry, chairmen of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, wrote in a Wall Street Journal commentary piece posted Thursday that such a move would force DoD to enforce cuts in “areas where most money can be saved quickly—troops, new equipment, training and maintenance—as it did under sequestration in 2013.”
 

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Eric Edelman, Gary Roughead Talk Defense Budget, Concept of Operations at Senate Panel Hearing

The co-chairmen of a commission that reviews the National Defense Strategy have said the lack of stable funding and concept of operations would make it difficult for the strategy to address the threats posed by China and Russia, USNI News reported Wednesday. Gary Roughead, a retired Navy admiral, and diplomat Eric Edelman of the Commission on the National Defense Strategy appeared Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee to discuss the commission’s recommendations.

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