Tag Archives: Defense & National Security

White House Memo Outlines Structure of National Security Council

White House

The White House has issued a new memorandum announcing the renewal of the National Security Council (NSC) system. The memo details the regular attendees of NSC meetings and the structure of the council’s principals committee, deputies committee and interagency policy committees. The interagency policy committees will oversee the development and implementation of national security policies by multiple government agencies. 

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NCSC Issues Report on China-Sponsored US Health Data Breaches; William Evanina Quoted

William Evanina

William Evanina, former director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), has said that the U.S. is facing threats of having critical health care data breached by Chinese state-sponsored threat actors. Evanina said that it is “110 percent” likely that the People’s Republic of China has collected personal data from  Americans through the nation's health care systems. 

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Gen. James Dickinson Backs Plan to Transfer Space Traffic Control to Commerce Department

Gen. James Dickinson

Army Gen. James Dickinson, commander of U.S. Space Command (SPACECOM), said he supports a plan for the Department of Commerce (DOC) to take over space traffic management responsibilities to enable Space Command to focus on monitoring space activities that have an impact on national security. Dickinson said his command and the department have been collaborating in the past two years to come up with a plan for the transition. 

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Gen. John Hyten: DOD Must Accelerate Joint Efforts, Public Awareness on Space-Based Threats

Gen. John Hyten

Gen. John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and two-time Wash100 Award winner, said the Department of Defense (DOD) must “go fast” in determining joint requirements to counter emerging threats. The U.S. Space Force, along with the U.S. Space Command, is gaining bipartisan support and is envisioned to continue driving efforts with the incoming Biden administration, according to Hyten.

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Trump Issues Space Policy Directive on Joint GPS, PNT Programs

GPS III Satellite

President Trump has issued a directive mandating NASA, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the departments of Defense (DoD), State and Commerce (DOC) to coordinate and drive U.S. positioning, navigation and timing programs. Space Policy Directive 7 seeks to sustain and modernize global position system infrastructure for U.S. and allied operations focused on economic, homeland and national security. 

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Maj. Gen. Leah Lauderback: Space Force Should Field Tech to Detect Hostile Satellites

Leah Lauderback

Maj. Gen. Leah Lauderback, director of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) at the U.S. Space Force said the service branch is in need of tools to validate if hostile satellites from benign technologies. Lauderback noted the military service should protect U.S. satellites from adversary technologies built by Russia and China such as laser weapons and jammers.

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DOJ’s John Demers on Cyber Hack Linked to Russia, Threats Posed by China

John Demers

John Demers, assistant attorney general for national security at the Department of Justice (DOJ), said the federal government is still in the process of analyzing the damage brought by a massive cyber breach linked to Russia. DOJ launched a program called China Initiative in an attempt to counter the Asian country’s efforts to steal U.S. government secrets and intellectual property.

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President-Elect Joe Biden Stresses Need to Innovate U.S. Cyber Defenses

Cyber Defense

President-elect Joe Biden said the U.S. must rethink and innovate national defense against cybersecurity threats following the SolarWinds network monitoring software hack that hit multiple federal agencies. Biden said at a recent press conference the Russian-linked breach poses a national security risk and highlights the need for the U.S. government to update approaches in the cyber domain.

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NRO Completes Final Launch on SpaceX Falcon 9; Troy Meink Quoted

SpaceX Falcon 9

The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) has successfully completed its final launch of 2020, NROL-108. During the launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NRO used a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to transport NROL-108. “We are excited to partner with SpaceX again,” NRO principal deputy director Troy Meink said. 

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Commerce Adds 59 Chinese Institutions to Entity List; Wilbur Ross Quoted

Wilbur Ross

The Department of Commerce (DOC) has added 59 Chinese entities to its export control entity list for activities that threaten the country’s national security and foreign policy interests. Commerce is also adding to the list 25 research institutes related to the China State Shipbuilding that have contributed to China’s militarization of the South China Sea. 

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