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Trump Signs Executive Order to Address US Reliance on Foreign Adversaries’ Critical Minerals

White House

President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to declare a national emergency to help address the threat posed by the country’s dependence on critical minerals from foreign adversaries to U.S. national security, economy and foreign policy. The secretary of the State Department should hand over to the executive branch a report to establish resilient critical mineral supply chains,

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Report: President Trump Plans to Name Basil Parker as Federal CIO, Camilo Sandoval as Federal CISO

Basil Parker

President Trump intends to appoint Basil Parker, chief of staff at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) as the next federal chief information officer and Camilo Sandoval, former acting CIO at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), as federal chief information security officer. Parker would succeed two-time Wash100 Award winner Suzette Kent

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Donald Trump to Nominate Former Airman Brian Davis for Assistant Defense Secretary Role

Brian Davis

President Trump intends to nominate Brian Davis, director of the Defense Personnel and Family Support Center, for the role of assistant defense secretary for manpower and reserve affairs. Davis brings years of U.S. Air Force experience, having served as an officer with the 77th Air Refueling Squadron, the 459th Operations Group and the 507th Air Refueling Wing.

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New White House Directive Establishes Space Cybersecurity Principles

White House

President Trump has signed a new space policy directive outlining a set of principles to protect space systems from cyber threats. Operators and owners of space assets should collaborate to foster the development of best practices and share incident, threat and warning data within the space industry using information sharing and analysis centers and other venues.

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DHS Issues Electromagnetic Pulse Program Status Report; Ken Cuccinelli Quoted

Ken Cuccinelli

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a report to provide updates on DHS’ efforts to address vulnerabilities posed by electromagnetic pulses and improve the resilience of the country’s electrical grid and other critical infrastructure against an EMP attack.

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Space Force Enhances Agility within Workforce; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Gen. John Raymond

The Space Force has announced that the agency will maintain its workforce of approximately 6,400, which will enable the unit to effectively complete missions. The Space Force’s minimal personnel will provide faster mission accomplishments with more agile methodologies. The Space Force has cut its initial estimates of the headquarters personnel it will need from more than 1,000 to fewer than 600.

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William Evanina Offers Update on Foreign Actors’ Activities Ahead of 2020 Elections

William Evanina

William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, has issued a statement providing updates on attempts by foreign threat actors to influence preferences of voters, undermine the citizens’ confidence in the democratic process and shift U.S. policies ahead of the 2020 U.S. presidential elections.

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Lt. Gen. David Thompson Nominated as Vice Chief of Space Operations

Lt. Gen. David Thompson

Lt. Gen. David Thompson, vice commander of the U.S. Space Force, has been nominated by President Trump to serve as the service’s vice chief of space operations. Defense Secretary and 2020 Wash100 Award winner Mark Esper also announced Thompson’s nomination for promotion to the rank of general. 

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Army Official Jonathan Moak Nominated for New Financial Management Role

Jonathan Moak

Jonathan Moak, principal deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Army for financial management and comptroller, has received President Trump's selection for a higher-level role. Trump intends to nominate Moak for the role of assistant secretary of the Army for financial management and comptroller.

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