Tag Archives: Russia

William Evanina Offers Update on Foreign Actors’ Activities Ahead of 2020 Elections

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William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, has issued a statement providing updates on attempts by foreign threat actors to influence preferences of voters, undermine the citizens’ confidence in the democratic process and shift U.S. policies ahead of the 2020 U.S. presidential elections.

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NSA Warns of Cyber Vulnerability in Email Transfer Software

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The National Security Agency has identified a vulnerability that Russian cyber actors take advantage of to attack mail transfer networks. Sandworm Team, a Russian military group, has exploited the CVE-2019-10149 vulnerability found in the Exim software that Linux and Unix systems use as a mail transfer agent, NSA said Thursday.

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Trump Administration to Withdraw From ‘Open Skies’ Accord

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The White House has initiated a move to withdraw from a 1992 treaty designed to reduce the risk of war between Western countries and Russia by allowing countries to perform reconnaissance flights over each other’s territories to reassure that an attack is not being prepared, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

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DNI Nominee Rep. John Ratcliffe Appears Before Senate Intell Panel for Confirmation Hearing

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Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) on Tuesday fielded questions from members of the Senate Intelligence Committee during his confirmation hearing for the role of national intelligence director, CNN reported. Senators questioned Ratcliffe over his views on the intelligence community’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential elections, treatment of whistleblowers under the Trump administration and origin of the new coronavirus in China.

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Mark Esper Issues Memo on Funding Shift in DoD’s Construction Budget

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The Department of Defense plans to shift $545.5 million in military construction funds to facilitate the execution of projects scheduled for awards this year and ensure the availability of adequate funding for the Trump administration’s border wall project, Defense News reported Tuesday.

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Senate Panel Releases Report on IC’s Assessment of Russian Election Interference

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The Senate Intelligence Committee issued a bipartisan report reaffirming the intelligence community’s findings about Russia’s involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, The Hill reported Tuesday. Analysts involved in the IC assessment “were under no politically motivated pressure to reach specific conclusions” and that the ICA offers a “coherent and well-constructed intelligence basis” for the Russian interference, according to the report.

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Report: Foreign Power Competitors Advance Anti-Satellite Tech

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Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank in Washington, D.C., said U.S. adversaries have been developing technologies designed to attack satellites, National Defense Magazine reported Monday. The think thank recently published a report that tackles the four different aspects threatening U.S. space assets: kinetic physical, non-kinetic physical, cyber and electronic.

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John Whitley: DoD Chief Management Officer Oversees Servicewide Budget Reviews

John Whitley, who performs the duties of director of the office of cost assessment and program evaluation at the Department of Defense, said the office of DoD’s chief management officer is reviewing each of the service branch’s budgets to align them with the National Defense Strategy, DoD News reported Friday.

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