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DoD Unveils List of Nine Additional Firms Linked to Chinese Military

Pentagon

The Department of Defense (DoD) has added nine more companies to its list of entities with ties to the Chinese military in compliance with Section 1237 of the fiscal year 1999 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Pentagon released and submitted to Congress the initial list of entities linked to the Chinese military in June 2020.

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Stacy Cummings to Take Acting Undersecretary Role for DoD

Stacy Cummings

Stacy Cummings will succeed Hon. Ellen Lord, 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, as undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense (DoD), effective Jan. 20th. Cummings will assume the role until President-elect Joe Biden appoints a Senate-confirmed official to the position. Cummings currently serves as acting deputy assistant secretary for acquisition at DoD and is a career member of the Senior Executive Service. 

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DOE Announces $124M Funding Opportunity for Domestic Manufacturing Projects

Department of Energy

The Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $123.6 million in funds to 46 projects to help advance technology innovation in support of domestic manufacturing efforts. The department’s office of energy efficiency and renewable energy also announced $44.7 million for cost-shared efforts and is funding the projects through its advanced manufacturing office.

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NASA Assigns New Administrative Roles to Four Executives

Executive Moves

NASA has made four new executive moves in its administrative team, including both current officials and newcomers to the space agency. Mike Gold, who formerly led NASA’s Office of International and Interagency Relations on an acting basis, has been named the agency's associate administrator for space policy and partnerships, NASA said Wednesday in a notice posted by Space Ref.

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Office of Personnel Management Unveils Online Guidance Documents Portal

Office of Personnel

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has launched an online database that will help users access the agency's guidance documents. The website is accessible by the public and features searchable and indexed listings for the guidance documents. Agencies are also directed to announce the availability of their guidance portals through the Federal Register website.

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FAA Unveils Grant Awardees for UAS Safety Research Effort

ASSURE Initiative

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has earmarked $5.8 million to fund the unmanned aircraft system research and training efforts of universities under the agency’s Air Transportation Center of Excellence for UAS program. FAA said Wednesday that the grants will support its Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) initiative. 

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U.S.-Israel Homeland Security Partnership Selects Tech Projects for New Awards; William Bryan Quoted

William Bryan

An international partnership between the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate and Israel has awarded a total amount of $1.5 million to homeland security projects that tackle 3D mapping, threat detection and other topics of interest. The Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation issued awards to Liberty Defense Technologies, Levitection, Ception Technologies and Hivemapper under the HLS program. 

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USAF Secretary Barbara Barrett Prefers Redstone Arsenal as Space Command HQ Location

Barbara Barrett

Barbara Barrett, secretary of the Air Force, wants to establish U.S. Space Command's headquarters at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, following a series of on-site and virtual assessments. The secretary selected the site based on an evaluation of mission factors, community support, costs and infrastructure capacity. Other alternative locations for the HQ include sites in Florida, Colorado, Texas and New Mexico.

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NCSC’s William Evanina: U.S. Needs Supply Chain Security Program Based on Zero-Trust

William Evanina

William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), has said the federal government must develop a supply-chain risk mitigation program based on the zero-trust concept. “We have to have in the government, the ability to utilize private-sector talent capability and know-how to protect our nation and our entire society,” he noted.

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CISA Warns Organizations of Techniques Used by Hackers to Compromise Cloud Services

Cloud Security

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued an analysis report in response to cyber attacks on cloud services of various organizations. The agency also found that hackers take advantage of email forwarding rules created by users to gain access to sensitive data. CISA has recommended several measures to help organizations protect cloud environments.

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