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Federal Commission Eyes $32B Annual Spending for AI Research by FY 2026

Artificial Intelligence

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) has submitted its draft report to Congress stating that annual AI research and development spending must reach $32 billion by fiscal year 2026. Eric Schmidt, chairman of NSCAI, said at the group's plenary session that it is vital to take an incremental approach to addressing recommendations detailed in the report.

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Sens. Mark Warner, Marco Rubio Want ‘Clear Leader’ to Manage Response to SolarWinds Cyber Breach

CMMC Reciprocity

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the committee’s vice chairman, have called on leaders of intelligence agencies and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to designate an official to oversee the country’s response to the SolarWinds cyber incident.

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Executive Mosaic Names 2021 Wash100 Award Recipients; Cast Your 10 Votes TODAY

2021 Wash100 Award

Executive Mosaic, the leading provider in connecting, promoting and branding government and government contracting (GovCon) executives of consequence, has announced the recipients of the 2021 Wash100 Award. “We are thrilled to honor the winners of the 2021 Wash100 Award, said Jim Garrettson, founder and CEO of Executive Mosaic. With the announcement, Executive Mosaic will begin to accept votes for this year’s Popular Vote Rankings.

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ODNI Issues Updated Attorney General Guidelines for Intell Activities; John Ratcliffe Quoted

John Ratcliffe

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has updated guidelines for facilitating intelligence operations in compliance with established U.S. personal information protections. The unclassified AG Guidelines come as part of a multiyear effort to ensure that the intelligence community is consistent in protecting constitutional rights while collecting information across disparate sources.

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NCSC’s William Evanina: U.S. Needs Supply Chain Security Program Based on Zero-Trust

William Evanina

William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), has said the federal government must develop a supply-chain risk mitigation program based on the zero-trust concept. “We have to have in the government, the ability to utilize private-sector talent capability and know-how to protect our nation and our entire society,” he noted.

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Cyber Unified Coordination Group Provides Update on SolarWinds Orion Compromise

Cyber Attack

The FBI, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Security Agency (NSA) issued a joint statement on Tuesday through the newly created cyber unified coordination group (UCG) to provide updates on an advanced persistent threat actor allegedly linked to Russia. 

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Senators Ask FBI, CISA to Provide Details Over SolarWinds Orion Compromise

Cryptocurrency Malware

A group of six senators has called on leaders of the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to respond to several questions with regard to a cyber vulnerability involving SolarWinds’ Orion Network Management products. The letter came days after CISA issued an emergency directive directing all agencies to immediately disconnect SolarWinds Orion products versions 2019.4 to 2020.2.1 HF1. 

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John Ratcliffe on Space Force Becoming Part of US Intelligence Community

John Ratcliffe

Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe said the U.S. intelligence community will soon integrate the U.S. Space Force as the 18th member. Ratcliffe made the announcement Wednesday during a National Space Council meeting at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Ratcliffe said his office and the Space Force plan to establish a national space intelligence center. 

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GAO: DIA Needs Robust Stakeholder Engagement Plan for Intell Repository Modernization Program

Defense

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) to establish a strategy for coordinating with the intelligence community and other stakeholders on the development of its new data-management system. GAO said Thursday that DIA is yet to provide a plan for ongoing stakeholder coordination in line with the development of the Machine-assisted Analytic Rapid-repository System (MARS). 

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ODNI Names Matthew Kozma as IC CIO; John Ratcliffe Quoted

Matthew Kozma

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has selected Matthew Kozma to assume the role of chief information officer (CIO) of the intelligence community (IC), FedScoop reported on Friday. Kozma will succeed John Sherman, who left to join the DoD as principal deputy CIO in July. La’Naia Jones has served as acting CIO since Sherman’s departure.

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