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William Lietzau to Lead Defense Counterintelligence Security Agency

William "Bill" Lietzau, who leads the Department of Defense's Personnel Vetting Transformation Office, has been appointed to serve as director of the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency. Lietzau will succeed Charles Phalen who has been filling the role on an acting basis since 2019, DoD said Monday.

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Space Force Announces Readiness of New Signals Jammer

The U.S. Space Force has declared operational capability of a new ground-based communications jammer designed to disrupt enemy satellite communications, Space News reported Sunday. Space and Missile Systems Center tested the L3Harris-made Counter Communications System Block 10.2 over a year before achieving operational status.

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CISA: Organizations Must Bolster Cybersecurity Amid Coronavirus

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency advises organizations to bolster network protection as they adopt telework approaches due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Organizations must be aware of the increase of cyber vulnerabilities in using enterprise virtual private networks, a requirement for mass telework or work-from-home arrangements, CISA said Friday.

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DIU to Host Another Computer Vision Contest

The Defense Innovation Unit plans to continue its annual prize challenge for computer vision technologies designed to support disaster relief missions, National Defense Magazine reported Thursday. The xView2 Challenge aims to use artificial intelligence and machine learning for automated assessments of post-disaster damage.

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Michael Griffin: DoD Focuses on Short-Term Activities in Long-Term Vision

Michael Griffin, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said he sees quantum applications as long-term pursuits in the Department of Defense, DoD News reported Thursday. DoD now focuses on what quantum computing and communication can do for the military in the short term, instead of going beyond what is available in resources, Griffin said to the House Armed Services Committee.

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Sen. Mark Warner: DNI, OPM Security Clearances Must Go on Amid Coronavirus

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., urged the directors of national intelligence and the Office of Personnel Management to make sure the coronavirus outbreak does not affect security clearances in the intelligence community. The senator wrote a letter posted Wednesday to Richard Grenell and Dale Cabaniss amid concerns of the outbreak's financial effects causing security clearance delays.

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Boeing-USAF Team Begins Air Force One Modifications

Boeing and government personnel have commenced the effort to modify 747-8 aircraft into VC-25B, also known as the next Air Force One presidential aircraft. Modifications began in late February as the team cleared foreign object debris in the two 747-8 aircraft and the facility where work will take place, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center said Wednesday.

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Terrence O’Shaughnessy: Northcom Needs Modernization

Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, who leads U.S. Northern Command, said the Arctic area has changed into an environment that requires modern technology to protect, DoD News reported Wednesday. He told the House Armed Services Committee that Northcom is working with North American Aerospace Defense Command to address this issue via force modernization.

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