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NIST Releases Draft Guidance on Supply Chain Security

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has drafted a publication that aims to help commercial organizations reduce cyber risks in global supply chains. The publication, titled "Key Practices in Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management," lists ways to tackle cyber issues associated with newer information and communications technologies made by third-party entities, NIST said Tuesday.

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Gen. Gus Perna: Army Seeks Prepositioned Stock Growth in Pacific

Gen. Gus Perna, who leads Army Materiel Command, said Tuesday at a Defense Writers Group event that the service branch seeks to grow its stock of equipment pre-positioned in the Indo-Pacific, Defense News reported the same day. Perna said the service branch is working to expand Army pre-positioned stock in the Pacific, while the focus of APS growth still remains in Europe.

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DOE Engages in Federal Partnership for Energy Security

The Department of Energy has teamed up with other federal entities to boost readiness against cyber threats targeting the U.S. energy sector. The Energy Sector Pathfinder initiative brings together the DOE with the departments of Defense and Homeland Security in an effort to better share information and increase understanding on issues concerning energy critical infrastructure, DOE said Monday.

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Thomas Modly: Navy to Focus on Hypersonic Projects This Year

Thomas Modly, acting secretary of the U.S. Navy, told his service branch to focus on hypersonic weapons this year, USNI News reported Friday. The secretary issued a memo, titled SECNAV Vectors 9, that emphasizes the need to be at the lead of hypersonic weapon development due to the technology's increasing significance in the battlefield.

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OMB Allows Agencies to Decide on Chief Data Officer Need; Suzette Kent Quoted

The Office of Management and Budget has allowed agencies to decide whether they need to appoint a chief data officer due to varying data workloads, Federal Times reported Monday. Suzette Kent, the federal chief information officer, said agencies have varying amounts of work; hence, OMB's decision to allow agencies the freedom of whether to employ a CDO.

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NSF Sets Partnership to Support STEM Research Data

The National Science Foundation has commissioned a partnership between two different organizations for the development of a new education-focused research data hub. The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research and the American Educational Research Association will jointly work to foster education, collaboration and community across science, technology, engineering and mathematics data sources, NSF said Friday.

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Brig. Gen. Michael Conley Given Role at Space Operations Command

Brig. Gen. Michael Conley, who leads U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command's 1st Special Operations Wing, has been appointed to fill a role at the U.S. Space Force. He will serve as vice commander of the USSF's Space Operations Command, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Department of Defense said Thursday.

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DHS CISO Paul Beckman Advises Use of Multifactor Authentication

Paul Beckman, chief information security officer at the Department of Homeland Security, said agencies must adopt multifactor authentication to prevent unauthorized access, Cyberscoop reported Tuesday. Beckman said at the Zero Trust Security Summit that he uses a second factor as an additional layer of security for email account logins. Second factor examples include authentication text messages.

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Navy Begins Aircraft Compatibility Testing of Gerald R. Ford Ship

The USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier is generating aircraft compatibility information from ongoing testing along the East Coast. The aircraft compatibility testing began on Jan. 16 and allows the U.S. Navy to further trial the ship's electromagnetic aircraft launch system and advanced arresting gear, the service branch said Tuesday.

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