Tag Archives: Defense & National Security

Senators Ask Biden to Help Advance Plan for Consolidated FBI Headquarters

Consolidated FBI HQ

Four Senate lawmakers asked President Biden to direct the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to come up with a finalized plan for the construction of a consolidated FBI headquarters building. The letter was signed by Sens. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md.; Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Mark Warner, D-Va., and Tim Kaine, D-Va.

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CRS Issues Report on 5G Tech’s National Security Implications

Congressional Research

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has released a report outlining some of the national security implications of 5G-enabled mobile technologies. CRS said in the April 23rd report that Congress may consider policies for national security, spectrum management, and military operations as 5G platforms are developed and fielded. 

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VP Kamala Harris Named Head of National Space Council

Kamala Harris

Vice President Kamala Harris has been appointed to lead the National Space Council (NSC) responsible for crafting space-related national security strategies and space policies for the White House. "As I've said before: In America when we shoot for the moon, we plant our flag on it. I am honored to lead our National Space Council," Harris said in a tweet.

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ODNI Issues Report on Use of National Security Surveillance Authorities; Ben Huebner Quoted

Ben Huebner

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has issued its annual statistical transparency report on the U.S. intelligence community’s use of national security surveillance authorities. The report offers information on the federal government’s use of National Security Letters and authorities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978.

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White House Announces Nominees for National Security Positions at DOD, State Department

White House

President Biden has announced plans to nominate seven individuals to serve in key national security roles at the departments of State and Defense. DOD nominees are Brenda Sue Fulton, Christopher Maier, Deborah Rosenblum and Shawn Skelly. The president's picks for national security posts at the State Department are Donald Lu, Sarah Margon and Jessica Lewis.

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Senators Introduce Bill Amid Potential $23B F-35 Sale to UAE; Sen. Bob Menendez Quoted

F-35 Fighter Jets

Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Bob Menendez, D-N.J., have proposed a bill that would require congressional oversight of the sale of U.S. military systems to foreign governments. The introduction of the Secure F-35 Exports Act of 2021 comes as the White House looks to proceed with an estimated $23 billion foreign military sale of F-35 fighter jets and drones to the United Arab Emirates. 

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Avril Haines Submits Intelligence Community’s 2021 Global Threat Assessment to Congress

Avril Haines

Avril Haines, director of National Intelligence (DNI) and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, has submitted to Congress a report detailing the global threats to U.S. national security in accordance with section 617 of the fiscal year 2021 Intelligence Authorization Act. The 2021 Annual Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community looks at the diverse array of threats the U.S. and its allies will face in the coming year. 

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Lawmakers Call on White House to Fund Chip Manufacturing, Research

Semiconductor Research

A bipartisan group of Senate and House lawmakers wrote a letter to President Biden urging him to prioritize funding for semiconductor research and development and manufacturing at federal agencies as his administration works on a budget proposal for fiscal year 2022. The lawmakers called on the Biden administration to fund the programs authorized in the CHIPS for America Act

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Seven Chinese Supercomputer Developers Added to Commerce’s Entity List; Gina Raimondo Quoted

Gina Raimondo

The Department of Commerce (DOC) has named to the entity list seven Chinese supercomputer developers for activities that threaten the country’s national security and foreign policy interests. “The Department of Commerce will use the full extent of its authorities to prevent China from leveraging U.S. technologies to support these destabilizing military modernization efforts,” said Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.

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NIC’s Global Trends 2040 Report Cites Demographics, Environment, Economics & Technology

Office of the Director

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) posted the National Intelligence Council's (NIC) Global Trends 2040: A More Contested World, a quadrennial report that details factors that could affect the national security environment over the next two decades. Demographics, the environment, economics and technology are the four structural forces highlighted in the Global Trends 2040 report.

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