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Former Top Federal Officials Warn Trump Admin of Shutdown’s Long-Term Effects

Former Homeland Security officials requested the Trump administration to end the ongoing partial government shutdown as it may soon put national security at risk and create other issues lasting years, The Hill reported Thursday. Jeh Johnson, former Homeland Security secretary under the Obama administration, described the shutdown as “a security crisis” that's causing stress, hardship and anxiety across federal agencies.

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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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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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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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Trump OKs National Strategy Against Terrorist Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction

President Trump approved a new national strategy to counter the use of weapons of mass destruction by terrorist groups. The National Strategy for Countering WMD Terrorism details how the federal government will launch global efforts to prevent insurgents from using chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons to strengthen the security of the U.S. and its allies, the White House said Monday.

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Sen. Mark Warner Proposes Bill to Augment U.S. Security Clearance

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., has introduced a bill that would aim to refine the nation's security clearance process. The Modernizing the Trusted Workforce for the 21st Century Act would task the executive branch to immediately address backlog cases concerning background checks, Warner's office said Thursday.

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Eric Schmidt, Eric Horvitz Named to Artificial Intelligence Commission

The House Armed Services Committee has named Eric Schmidt, technical adviser to Alphabet’s board; and Eric Horvitz, director of Microsoft Labs; to the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. The commission was formed through the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act to assess developments in AI, machine learning and related technologies as well as their implications for national security, the committee said Wednesday.
 

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Joe Dunford: US Global Alliance Network ‘Strategic Source of Strength’

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff recently described the U.S. global system of alliances and partners as the country’s “strategic source of strength,” the Defense Department reported SundayU.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, speaking at the Military Reports and Editors Conference held Friday, told attendees that Russia and China also recognize the fact that “it is our network of allies and partners that makes us strong.”

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Cyber Op Under Way to Deter Russian Interference in Elections

U.S. defense officials have said that a cyber operation aimed at deterring Russian interference in American elections is underway. U.S. Cyber Command is going after individual Russian operatives, notifying them that they have been identified and are being monitored, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

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Patrick Shanahan: ‘Space Force’ Needed to Ensure US Supremacy in Space

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said the creation of a “space force” as the sixth service branch is “absolutely necessary” to ensure the country’s superiority in space, Defense.gov reported Wednesday. “The U.S. military is the best in the world in space, but our adversaries have taken note and are actively developing and fielding capabilities to potentially deny our usage of space in crisis or war,” he said Tuesday during the National Space Council’s fourth meeting at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C.

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