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Frank Kendall: Future of Military Innovation Depends on DoD Budget

Frank Kendall, acquisition chief at the Defense Department, has said the fiscal 2017 DoD budget proposal supports the department’s efforts to help the U.S. maintain a long-term advantage in military technology, DoD News reported Wednesday. He told the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee Wednesday that DoD requested a $3 billion increase in research and …

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Amy Hess: FBI Relies on Judicial Authorization Principle to Access Encrypted Electronic Data

Amy Hess, executive assistant director of the FBI‘s science and technology branch, has said the FBI needs access to electronic information to aid in its investigations amid technological changes and evolving national security and criminal threats. Hess made the remarks in testimony delivered Tuesday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s oversight …

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DOJ: Engineer, Chinese Energy Firm Charged with Nuclear Tech Conspiracy

A U.S. nuclear engineer and a Chinese state-owned nuclear power company have been indicted on federal charges of conspiracy to facilitate nuclear material development and production efforts outside the U.S. without a permit from the Energy Department. The Justice Department said Thursday the two-count indictment unveiled Thursday at a district court in Tennessee …

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DOJ, FTC: Consolidation Reviews Key to Ensure Fair Defense Market Competition

The Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department have pledged to continue to work with the Defense Department to ensure that planned mergers and acquisitions in the defense industry will not impair competition among contractors. “Our mission in reviewing proposed defense industry consolidation is to ensure that our military continues to receive …

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FBI’s James Comey: Conversation Needed on Encryption’s Impacts to National Security, Law Enforcement

FBI Director James Comey has called on the U.S. government and the public to work together and identify ways to discuss issues of security and privacy related to encryption. Comey noted in a speech delivered Wednesday at the Center for the Study of American Democracy Biennial Conference at Kenyon College in Ohio that it is challenging to establish …

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DHS Deploys User Verification Tool by Johns Hopkins APL-Queralt Team for Data Sharing

The Department of Homeland Security has begun to deploy a new system designed to help DHS facilitate data sharing and collaboration with other federal agencies and organizations through the Homeland Security Information Network. DHS’ science and technology directorate provided funds to help Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory and cloud-based …

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FAS: James Clapper Asks Intell Agency Leaders to Help Review Data Classification Practices

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper urged the heads of U.S. intelligence agencies to review guidelines for data classification and identify obsolete secrecy policies that should be removed, the Federation of American Scientists reported Wednesday. Steven Aftergood writes Clapper told intelligence agency directors in a March 23 memo obtained by FAS to “take a leading role in reducing …

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Sutherland’s Chuck Brooks: Vigilance, Shared Intell, Tech Key to Protect ‘Soft Targets’

Chuck Brooks, vice president for government relations and marketing at Sutherland Global Services, believes the U.S. should exercise vigilance, adopt intelligence and surveillance technologies and deploy trained security personnel to prevent attacks on soft targets. He wrote in a guest piece published Monday on Federal Times the recent terror attacks in Brussels have brought …

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Andrew Hallman: CIA Eyes Digital Transformation Strategy to Harness Big Data

CIA Deputy Director Andrew Hallman has said the agency needs to make culture and technical changes in order to manage an explosion of data and exploit information to help address national security challenges, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Frank Konkel writes Hallman leads a digital innovation directorate that CIA established last year to transform its digital ecosystem, …

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