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DHS, NIST List Goals for Cyber Best Practices


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) have jointly classified cybersecurity practices into nine categories as bases for cyber performance goals. The nine categories each have specific objectives with regard to how secure control systems are operated and deployed, NIST said Thursday.

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President Biden Names 30 Science & Tech Leaders to PCAST

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President Biden has announced the 30 members of a new council that will develop and provide the White House with science and technology policy recommendations. Eric Lander, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will co-chair the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) with Frances Arnold, a Nobel laureate and the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology, and Maria Zuber, vice president for research and E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics at MIT

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Carnegie Mellon’s Nickolas Guertin in Line to Become Next Defense OT&E Director

Nickolas Guertin

Nickolas Guertin, a senior software systems engineer at Carnegie Mellon University, has been nominated by President Biden to become the Department of Defense's (DoD) director of operational test and evaluation (DOT&E). The Reading, Connecticut native was a former U.S. Navy serviceman with experience in ship construction and maintenance, systems engineering, weapons testing and development, and submarine operations, the White House said Thursday.

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White House Unveils Plan to Transform Capabilities for Pandemic Readiness

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The White House has launched a plan to transform U.S. capabilities when it comes to preparing for and responding to future pandemics and other biological threats. The plan outlined in the document American Pandemic Preparedness: Transforming our Capabilities establishes a set of opportunities and needs across five key pillars to protect the country against high consequence biological threats.

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U.S. Contractors Continue Efforts to Evacuate Personnel From Afghanistan; Howard Lind Quoted

Afghanistan Evacuation

U.S. government contractors continue their efforts to move their staff out of Afghanistan even after the U.S. completed troop withdrawal and evacuation operations late Monday. “We are doing everything we can to ensure the security of our remaining local national workforce there, working closely to support the Department of State and Department of Defense in their evacuation efforts," PAE said in a statement.

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Kevin Stine: NIST to Update Cybersecurity Practices for President Biden’s EO

Kevin Stine

Kevin Stine, chief cybersecurity adviser for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), said the agency will work over the next months to deliver what is required by President Biden's executive order on cybersecurity amid the strict timelines. Stine said NIST will gather feedback and work to improve cybersecurity resources as federal agencies implement new guidelines for critical software in alignment with the EO.

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Rep. Adam Smith: White House Must Take a Hard Look at Nuclear C2 System in Posture Review

Rep. Adam Smith

Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., has called on the White House to examine nuclear command, control and communications system modernization efforts as part of the federal government's Nuclear Posture Review (NPR). The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) chairman told President Biden in a letter that his administration should also take into account the U.S. nuclear deterrent and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) infrastructure during the NPR process.

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Melissa Dalton Nominated as DOD Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense, Global Security Affairs

Melissa Dalton

Melissa Dalton, principal deputy assistant secretary for strategy, plans and capabilities at the Department of Defense, has been nominated to serve as DOD's assistant secretary for homeland defense and global security affairs, the White House announced Friday. Dalton took on her current role in January 2021 after she served as a senior fellow and deputy director of the international security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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DARPA’s David Honey Nominated to DOD Research, Engineering Undersecretary Role


President Biden has named Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) David Honey as his pick to become the Department of Defense deputy undersecretary for research and engineering. Honey currently serves as a guide for collaborative efforts between the defense research organization and other agencies as a special assistant to the DARPA director. 

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President Biden Eyeing to Nominate Alex Wagner as US Air Force Assistant Secretary For Manpower, Reserve Affairs

Alex Wagner

President Biden is eyeing to select Alex Wagner, Aerospace Industries Association vice president for strategic initiatives, as the U.S. Air Force assistant secretary for manpower and reserve affairs nominee, Air Force Times reported Friday. If confirmed, he will be in charge of handling military and civilian personnel concerns, Reserve components affairs and ensure the readiness of an estimated 700,000 workforce members in the Department of the Air Force. 

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