Tag Archives: NDAA

House Subcommittee Schedules FY 2022 NDAA Markup

Capitol Hill

The House Armed Services’ cyber, innovative technologies and information systems subcommittee is set to meet Wednesday for the markup of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2022. The subpanel's proposed NDAA would direct the secretary of the Department of Defense to launch a five-year pilot program to help advance the transition of DOD's science and technology initiatives into full-scale implementation.

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DOD States Position on Drones From Chinese Tech Company DJI

Pentagon

The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a statement saying drones manufactured by China-based Da Jiang Innovations pose a national security threat and that a report that those systems were approved for purchase and use by U.S. government agencies was inaccurate. The Pentagon prohibited the use and procurement of all commercial off-the-shelf drones due to cyber issues in 2018.

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Senate Armed Services Panel OKs $740B Defense Budget for Fiscal 2022; Sen. Jack Reed Quoted

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The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 23-3 Wednesday to move the fiscal year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act to the Senate floor for consideration. The bill would authorize $740.3 billion in FY 2022 funds for the Department of Defense and a 2.7 percent increase in pay for U.S. troops and civilian workforce at DOD.

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Task Force Offers Recommendations to Help Pentagon Secure Defense Supply Chains; Rep. Elissa Slotkin Quoted

Defense Supply Chain

The Defense Critical Supply Chain Task Force has issued its final report outlining six recommendations for the Department of Defense (DOD) and one of those is the need to treat the security of supply chains as a strategic priority. Slotkin said the task force has proposed several measures to reduce dependence on foreign suppliers and prevent future shortages. 

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CISA’s Eric Goldstein on Countering Cyberattacks With New Authorities Under Executive Order

Eric Goldstein

Eric Goldstein, executive assistant director for cybersecurity at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), said in an interview published Tuesday that the new executive order provides CISA with new authorities to counter cyberattacks, including the development of a common playbook for cyber incident response. He said the standard playbook requirement will help CISA better codify and implement joint incident responses.

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DOD Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule for Postaward Debriefings

Pentagon

The Department of Defense (DOD) has proposed changes to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation (DFARS) Supplement to implement a provision in the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act that provides offerors enhanced rights with regard to postaward debriefings for competitively negotiated contracts, delivery and task orders. Comments on the proposed rule are due July 19th.

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GAO: DOD Should Improve Data, Clarify Roles to Better Monitor Business Reform Efforts

Pentagon

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Defense (DOD) enhance performance measures with regard to business transformation efforts and come up with a process to standardize the documentation of cost savings to ensure that they are aligned with DOD’s definitions of reform. “However, DOD needs better data about how it performs its business functions,” the report reads.

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Mark Montgomery: Cyber Intell Sharing Requirements for Defense Suppliers May ‘Kick Into Effect’

Mark Montgomery

Mark Montgomery, executive director of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC), said he believes the Department of Defense (DOD) is likely to act on the commission’s recommendations to make cyber threat hunting and intelligence sharing capabilities compulsory for the defense industrial base in compliance with a provision in the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act.

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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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President Biden to Nominate Chris Inglis for National Cyber Director Post

Chris Inglis

President Biden has announced plans to nominate Chris Inglis, former deputy director of the National Security Agency (NSA), to serve as its national cyber director. He is a retired Air National Guard brigadier general and sits on the boards of several private and public companies. He spent nearly three decades at the NSA and also served in the U.S. Air Force. 

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