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Senate OKs Fiscal 2018 Budget Resolution

The Senate voted 51-49 Thursday to approve its fiscal 2018 budget resolution that would authorize a tax reform plan, The Hill reported Thursday. The budget measure proposes to increase defense spending levels at current rates to reach $684 billion by 2027 and reduce nondefense spending in succeeding years that would result …

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DoD, HHS Leaders: Information Sharing With Industry is Key to Mitigate Ransomware

Mitchell Komaroff, principal adviser for cybersecurity strategy, planning and oversight at the Defense Department, has said DoD collaborates with industry partners to help mitigate threats such as ransomware, FedTech reported Thursday. Komaroff told the audience at the CyberScoop CyberTalks event in Washington, D.C. that DoD works to outline clear cybersecurity requirements in contracts …

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DoD, Industry in Talks Over Cloud Security Requirements

The Defense Department is in talks with heads of cloud service providers on how to streamline cloud security requirements in a rulebook the Defense Information Systems Agency issued in 2015, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. DoD’s Cloud Security Requirements Guide offers information on security controls that should be adopted by cloud …

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DoD Names McKinsey’s Eric Chewning as Deputy Assistant Sec for Industrial Policy

Defense Department Secretary Jim Mattis has selected McKinsey & Co. Partner Eric Chewning as a Senior Executive Service appointee and a deputy assistant secretary at DoD. The department said Tuesday Chewning will specifically oversee manufacturing and industrial base policy as a deputy assistant secretary of defense. Chewning most recently worked with …

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David Trachtenberg Confirmed as DoD Policy Deputy Undersecretary

The Senate voted 79-19 Tuesday to confirm David Trachtenberg, former president and CEO of Shortwaver Consulting, as the Defense Department‘s principal deputy undersecretary for policy, Defense News reported Tuesday. He will also serve as undersecretary of defense for policy on an acting basis as DoD awaits a decision on former Lockheed Martin executive John Rood’s …

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Report: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Asks DoD Over Cyber Risks Linked to Foreign Govt Source Code Reviews

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire) has asked the Defense Department to provide information on how it handles security risks associated with DoD’s software platforms that have undergone foreign government reviews, Reuters reported Wednesday. Shaheen’s Tuesday letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis came weeks after the news agency reported earlier this …

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DoD Eyes FedRAMP-Based Process for Acquisition of Mobile App Security Services

The Defense Department plans to roll out a new process for its acquisition of mobile application security services based on the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program model, Federal News Radio reported Monday. John Zangardi, acting DoD chief information officer, signed the mobile application security requirements memorandum which was designed to …

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DoD Wants to Take Back Defense-Related Security Clearance Process Work From NBIB

The Defense Department has called on Congress to reinstate DoD’s oversight over security clearance processing work and cited the availability of information technology systems that can be used to manage new background checks for its own personnel, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Garry Reid, director of defense intelligence, told House …

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Lockheed Exec John Rood Picked for DoD Policy Undersecretary Post

John Rood, a corporate officer and senior vice president of Lockheed Martin‘s international business since March 2016, will be nominated as Defense Department undersecretary for policy. The White House said Wednesday Rood also has more than 20 years of federal service that included positions at the State Department, CIA, National Security Council and …

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