Tag Archives: Defense & National Security

White House Cites Climate Change, Emerging Tech as R&D Priorities for FY23 Budget

White House

The White House has issued a memorandum outlining the administration’s research and development priorities that federal agencies should include in their budget proposals for fiscal year 2023. The multiagency R&D priorities listed in the memo are pandemic readiness and prevention; tackling climate change; research and innovation in emerging and critical technologies; innovation for equity; and national security and economic resilience.

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Mitre Unveils Action Plan to Strengthen Biopharma Industrial Base; Monique Mansoura Quoted

Biopharma Industrial Base

Mitre has released an action plan outlining policy, financing and program recommendations to sustain and strengthen a biopharma industrial base as part of efforts to improve national security. The 10-point action plan seeks to address weaknesses in the biopharma industrial base during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Vice Adm. Robert Sharp: US Needs ‘Steady Stream’ of Geomatics Professionals

Vice Adm. Robert Sharp

Vice Adm. Robert Sharp, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and a two-time Wash100 Award recipient, said the U.S. should develop the next generation of geomatics scientists, mathematicians and engineers to maintain U.S. national security, support NGA’s Moonshot strategy and safeguard the country’s advantage in the field.

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Joe Bryan: DOD Works to Become More Energy Efficient in Response to Climate Change

Joe Bryan

Joe Bryan, senior climate adviser to the secretary of the Department of Defense, said climate change has implications for U.S. national security and DOD is initiating efforts to become more energy efficient. "Climate change is going to cost us in resources and readiness; and the reality is that it already is," he said.

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Commerce Adds 6 Russian Institutions to Entity List

Commerce Entity List

The Department of Commerce’s bureau of industry and security has added six institutions with ties to the Russian government to its entity list for their involvement in activities that pose a threat to U.S. national security, economy and foreign policy. Reuters reported that four of the entities are information technology firms – Pasit, Neobit, Pozitiv Teknolodzhiz and AST. 

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FCC Finalizes Rules for Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program

Telecommunications

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted final rules for a program that seeks to reimburse telecommunications carriers for replacing or removing equipment and services that pose risks to national security. Communications services providers with 10 million or fewer customers can participate in the $1.89 billion Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

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Maxar Technologies Providing WorldView Legion Satellite Capacity to International Defense, Intelligence Customers; Tony Frazier Quoted

Tony Frazier

Maxar Technologies announced on Thursday that the company secured a multi-year $35 million contract for WorldView Legion satellite constellation capacity through an expanded agreement with a key international defense and intelligence customer. The contract will extend the customer's ability to easily task and download 30 cm-class satellite imagery to its ground station from Maxar’s current constellation under the Direct Access Program. 

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Carnegie Mellon’s SEI Unveils White Papers on 3 Pillars of AI Engineering; Rachel Dzombak Quoted

Rachel Dzombak

Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute has released white papers on three pillars of artificial intelligence engineering: human centered, robust and secure and scalable. The human-centered pillar of AI engineering seeks to ensure that AI platforms are developed in accordance with the ethical principles of the Department of Defense and other agencies.

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CISA Lists First Entries in Catalog of ‘Bad’ Cyber Practices

Cybersecurity and

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is working on a catalog of bad cyber practices that pose risks to organizations supporting critical infrastructure and national critical functions. The agency described the first two listed practices as “egregious in internet-accessible technologies.” The agency’s move comes in response to recent cyberattacks on critical infrastructure.

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FCC Proposes Amended Rules for Telecom Provider Reimbursement Program

Telecommunications

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to consider at its July 13th open meeting an order that would amend rules for a program that seeks to reimburse telecommunications carriers for removing and replacing equipment and services that pose risks to national security. The amended rules would allow communications services providers with 10 million or fewer customers to take part in the reimbursement program.

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