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.Read More »
Mike Pence: ‘Space Force’ Aims to Address ‘Fragmented Responsibilities’ Over National Security Programs
Vice President Mike Pence has said the establishment of a “space force” as the sixth military branch seeks to address the “lack of centralized leadership and accountability” over programs that aim to promote national security in space. Pence said Tuesday at the National Space Council’s fourth meeting at the National Defense University that the council would vote on six recommendations for the proposed roadmap to form the new service, which he says would help sort out the "fragmented responsibilities" over national security space initiatives.Read More »
President Trump has released a new strategy meant to protect the U.S. from evolving terrorist threats.
The White House said Thursday the National Strategy for Counterterrorism centers on identifying terrorism sources, separating terrorists from their support system, modernizing American counterterrorism tools and preventing extremist radicalization and recruitment, among other things.
The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate has launched a publicly available dashboard consisting of over 1,500 research entries on terrorism and extremism prevention. The move is meant to support efforts seeking to counter terrorism across many disciplines such as the social and behavioral science, the department said Friday.
The U.S. Coast Guard has renamed its heavy icebreaker funding program to emphasize national security, USNI News reported Thursday. The program's rebranding as the Polar Security Cutter is intended to address funding requirements for a new class of icebreaker ships, by marketing the effort as one significant to national security.Read More »
A defense spending measure signed into law by President Donald Trump will earmark $10M in fiscal 2019 funds for the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence that would assess how the Defense Department can leverage machine learning and AI for national security, Sludge reported Wednesday.
Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, has said the Defense Department started distributing to the military and contractors a list of software platforms that should not be purchased, Defense One reported Friday. This is because such software platforms have failed to meet national security requirements, Lord said. “What we are …Read More »
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has established a new organizational structure and implemented new processes as part of a transformation effort unveiled in March. “Our comprehensive approach to transformation covered many areas, including synchronizing and streamlining processes, better developing our people, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of our decisions …Read More »
House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a new measure that would strengthen the U.S. export-control process and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. in order to address national security concerns associated with Chinese deals and other overseas transactions, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The provision would …Read More »
The Government Accountability Office has called on the Defense Department to evaluate national security risks associated with foreign investors that have access to emerging technology platforms or in proximity to critical military sites. GAO said in a report published Tuesday it made the recommendation after it found that the Committee on Foreign …Read More »