Tag Archives: Defense & National Security

Commerce Department Extends Deadline of U.S. Industry-Huawei Separation

The Department of Commerce has given U.S. firms more time to cut all connections between their information technology infrastructures and Huawei, Nextgov reported Monday. The department changed the original Aug. 19 deadline to Nov. 19 due to the dependence of some rural companies on the Chinese technology firm. 

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Report: China’s Quantum Tech Research Efforts Spark Concern in US

China has outpaced the U.S. in regards to producing patents for quantum technology over the past decade and some scientists say the Trump administration has voiced its concern about the number of Chinese students in the U.S. involved in quantum science studies and other sensitive scientific areas, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

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Report: Donald Trump Considers Buying Greenland From Denmark

President Trump is talking with advisers regarding the administration’s potential purchase of Greenland for resources and geopolitical reasons, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. A fraction of Trump’s advisers support the idea as a beneficial economic move, while some disagree with the president. 

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CISA Director Chris Krebs: 2020 Elections Need Paper Ballots

Chris Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, spoke about the importance of backup paper ballots for the upcoming 2020 elections, CNN reported Friday. The paper ballot backups are necessary to perform audits that information technology is not capable of, he said during the DEFCON cyber conference that took place from Aug. 8 to 11. 

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Potomac Officers Club Announces Monte Hawkins, CBP Director of the National Vetting Center, for Security Vetting Process Modernization Update on Aug. 14th

On August 14th, Potomac Officers Club will host the Security Vetting Process Modernization Update at the 2941 Restaurant in Falls Church, Va. Monte Hawkins of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will be the keynote speaker for the event. Gator Harvey of Northrop Grumman Technology Services will serve as the moderator for an expert panel featuring Casie Antalis and Eric Peters of CBP, Sam Robinson of the FBI and Lori Vislocky of DHS.

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Rep. Will Hurd Won’t Seek Re-Election

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) announced that he will not run for re-election in 2020 “in order to pursue opportunities outside the halls of Congress to solve problems at the nexus between technology and national security.” Hurd, a 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, wrote in an editorial published Thursday about the “generational challenges” facing the U.S., including the geopolitical competition with China, the increasing incidents of cyber attacks and competition for leadership in the field of artificial intelligence.

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Senate OKs $2.7T Budget Deal With Defense Spending Increase Over Two Years

The Senate voted 67-28 to pass a two-year budget deal to increase defense spending by approximately $45B, Defense News reported Thursday. The $2.7T deal would raise defense funding from spending levels of $716B to $738B in 2020 to $740B in 2021. It also includes an agreement to exclude “poison pill” riders that limit the administration’s ability to direct funds toward the border wall project. 

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