Tag Archives: Defense Department

Report: Congress Should Provide Necessary Funding to Build Up Homeland Missile Defense

Missile Launch

A report by The Heritage Foundation recommends that Congress support the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) by providing the needed funding to demonstrate that homeland defense serves as top priority of the Missile Defense Review and the National Defense Strategy.

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White House to Ask FCC to Auction Additional Mid-Band Spectrum for 5G; Michael Kratsios Quoted

5G

The White House has announced plans to free up 100 megahertz of the mid-band spectrum for commercial 5G networks and direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to auction by Dec. 2021 that swath of radio frequencies used by the military.

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Congressional Research Service Issues Report on US Emerging Technology Dev’t, Compliance Efforts

CRS

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has released a report stating current initiatives under the Department of Defense (DoD) and Congress to drive the development of emerging technologies and keep up with adversary nations.

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DIU’s Michael Brown on DoD’s Need for Budget, Experimentation Flexibility

Michael Brown

Michael Brown, director of the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), has said the Department of Defense (DoD) needs to establish trust with Congress to streamline budgeting procedures while promoting flexibility in experimentation. Brown said that speeding up the current two-year budgeting process will help the DoD adopt innovative technologies while leveraging various contracting authorities.

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Mark Esper Announces Operations Security Training Requirements for All DoD Personnel

Mark Esper

Mark Esper, secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, has released a memoabout DoD’s new operations security training requirements for civilian employees, service members  and on-site contractors, Government Executive reported Thursday.

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Air Force, DDS to Administer Cybersecurity Workshops, Hacking Contests in DEF CON Virtual Event; Will Roper Quoted

Will Roper

The Defense Digital Service and the Department of the Air Force plan to host a series of virtual workshops and hacking contests that tackle space system security. The Space Security Challenge 2020 calls for security researchers to take part in a satellite hacking contest and virtual workshops from Aug. 7 to 9 as part of the DEF CON online event.

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Gen. John Raymond: Commercial Partners, Resilient Industrial Base Key to Driving Space Efforts

Gen. Jay Raymond

Gen. John Raymond, chief of Space Operations and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, has said the U.S. must leverage the space industrial base’s commercial expansion to retain the nation’s global leadership. ''By working with commercial partners, we will harness the best of both civil and government technology to further accelerate capabilities and expand the overall space economy,'' he noted.

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NSA Reports on New Cyber Vulnerability in Computers

NSA

The National Security Agency (NSA) has issued a report on a new cyber vulnerability that threatens certain systems present within the Department of Defense and other organizations. The BootHole vulnerability allows cyber actors to get through the Secure Boot security standard that makes devices boot only with software trusted by original manufacturers. 

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Rule Change to Include CMMC Requirements in Contracts On Track; Katie Arrington Quoted

Katie Arrington

The Department of Defense (DoD) is on track with the final step to begin integrating Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) requirements into contracts. The full CMMC program will be implemented over a period of five years and the Pentagon said contractors should expect to see such requirements in a few contracts by the end of 2020.

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