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Profile: John Brennan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Resources in Bureau of Consular Affairs

John Brennan has served as deputy assistant secretary for resources at the State Department‘s Bureau of Consular Affairs since November 2015. In that capacity, he manages the bureau’s budget, strategic planning, human resources and information technology functions. The 32-year State Department veteran previously held the roles of senior adviser for the Electronic Visa …

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James Mattis Confirmed as Defense Secretary

The Senate has confirmed James Mattis, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general and former chief of the U.S. Central Command, as defense secretary under President Donald Trump’s administration, The Hill newspaper reported Friday. Rebecca Kheel writes Trump signed a waiver legislation to exempt Mattis from a law that requires the Defense Department‘s civilian leader to …

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CIA’s John Brennan: Forums Can Help Encourage Public-Private Cyber Cooperation

CIA Director John Brennan has said he believes public meetings such as the Cyber Georgia conference can help professionals to work together to recognize and address cybersecurity challenges in the U.S., The Augusta Chronicle reported Monday. Bianca Cain Johnson writes the Cyber Georgia event was co-hosted by Augusta University and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce in an …

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John Brennan: CIA Works on Cyber Safeguards for US Critical Infrastructure

CIA Director John Brennan has told CBS News in an interview that cyberspace offers a path for U.S. adversaries to attack critical infrastructure such as transportation and financial systems. He said to reporter Scott Pelley in the “60 Minutes” segment aired Sunday the CIA is developing safeguards to protect the country’s key assets from attack vectors. Brennan added he …

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CIA’s John Brennan: Tech Proliferation, Nation-State Instability Affect US Cybersecurity Efforts

CIA Director John Brennan has said work to monitor cybersecurity threats has become a challenge for U.S. intelligence agencies due to the proliferation of modern technologies, destabilization in nation states and lack of cyber policy frameworks, GW Today reported Wednesday. “Because of the capabilities that exist [to perpetrate cyber crime]… sub-national …

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