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Senate OKs $2.7T Budget Deal With Defense Spending Increase Over Two Years

The Senate voted 67-28 to pass a two-year budget deal to increase defense spending by approximately $45B, Defense News reported Thursday. The $2.7T deal would raise defense funding from spending levels of $716B to $738B in 2020 to $740B in 2021. It also includes an agreement to exclude “poison pill” riders that limit the administration’s ability to direct funds toward the border wall project. 

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Bipartisan Group Introduces Bill to Address Digital Forgery; Rep. Will Hurd Quoted

Reps. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., Peter King, R-N.Y., and Will Hurd, R-Texas, have introduced a bill that aims to address digital content forgery or “deepfake” cases. The Deepfakes Report Act of 2019 would task the secretary of homeland security to annually publish a report on technologies, gneneral applications and countermeasures regarding digital forgery, Murphy's office said Tuesday.

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Sue Gordon: Intell Community Should Expand AI Adoption to Accelerate Data Analysis

Sue Gordon, principal deputy director of national intelligence, said the intelligence community is expanding its use of artificial intelligence to accelerate data analysis, facilitate the decision-making process and keep ahead of adversaries, Nextgov reported Thursday. “We are going to have to make machines integrated into all our processes,” she said Thursday at the Defense One Tech Summit.

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The Council of Intelligence Issues Hosting “Intelligence Operations in a Digital Age” Event on June 24th; George Jameson Quoted

On June 24th, the Council of Intelligence Issues will co-host the “Intelligence Operations in a Digital Age” event with Steptoe & Johnson at 1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW in Washington, D.C.. Advanced registration is required for the event. Fill out the Registration Form right here

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Jim Garrettson, CEO of Executive Mosaic, Presents Will Hurd, U.S. Representative of Texas, His Second Consecutive Wash100 Award

Jim Garrettson, founder and chief executive officer of Executive Mosaic, presented Will Hurd, U.S. Representative of Texas, with his second consecutive Wash100 Award on Monday. Executive Mosaic recognizes Hurd for his efforts to strengthen U.S. national security, including government reform, information technology, homeland security and intelligence.

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DIU Accelerating Satcom, Space Tech Contract Awards

Col. Steve Butow, space portfolio director for the Defense Innovation Unit, said that the recently established agency is looking to issue its first contract award within 60 days, Space News reported Tuesday. “At DIU, we don’t like to pick winners, we build menus. Sometimes we get two solutions that are quite unique and we want both of them,” he noted during this year's Space Tech Expo in Pasadena, Calif. 

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USAF-MIT R&D Partnership to Tackle AI Tech

The U.S. Air Force has contracted the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to perform research and development on artificial intelligence technologies. The institute will work with 11 selected airmen to study, develop and field AI technologies to address national security and real-world issues, USAF said Monday. The service branch will allot $15 million annually for the partnership.

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Trump Inks Executive Order on ICT Supply Chain Security

President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday declaring a national emergency to address threats posed by foreign adversaries to the country's information and communications technology and services. The EO prohibits transactions involving ICT and related services that pose national security risks and threats to the security and resiliency of the U.S. critical infrastructure and digital economy, the White House said Wednesday

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Jim Garrettson, CEO of Executive Mosaic, Presents Tim Reardon, CEO of Constellis, His Third Wash100 Award

Jim Garrettson, founder and CEO of Executive Mosaic, presented Tim Reardon, chief executive officer of Constellis, with his third Wash100 Award on Tuesday. Executive Mosaic recognizes Reardon for his leadership and experience in the defense and intelligence industries creating organic growth for several companies. We are proud to present the most coveted award in government contracting to Reardon.

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