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National Space Council to Discuss Space Force Progress, Plans at Next Meeting

The National Space Council will discuss proposals to establish a space-dedicated service branch at a meeting scheduled for Oct. 23, Space News reported Monday. Vice President Mike Pence said in a tweet that the meeting will cover existing progress and steps leading to the development of a Space Force.

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Ellen Lord: DoD to Audit Supply Chains of Defense, Aerospace Companies

The Defense Department will conduct an audit of the U.S. aerospace and defense sector’s supply chains after DoD released a White House-commissioned study of the defense industrial base, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, said U.S. intelligence agencies will take part in the review to assess the local defense supply chains' readiness to support warfighters.

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Trump to Appoint OMB Executive Margaret Weichert as Acting OPM Director

President Trump intends to appoint Margaret Weichert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, as acting director of the Office of Personnel Management. Replacing former OPM director Jeff Pon, she will hold the role concurrently with her position at the OMB, the White House said Friday.

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Trump Issues New Strategy for Counterterrorism

President Trump has released a new strategy meant to protect the U.S. from evolving terrorist threats.

The White House said Thursday the National Strategy for Counterterrorism centers on identifying terrorism sources, separating terrorists from their support system, modernizing American counterterrorism tools and preventing extremist radicalization and recruitment, among other things.

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DoD Completes Missile Defense Review

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has announced that the Pentagon has completed a review that examines the country’s capabilities against missile threats, Defense News reported Thursday. Shanahan said Wednesday at a media roundtable that the Defense Department has not yet scheduled the release of the missile defense review, which he said has been finalized “for quite some time.”
 

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Rita Baranwal to be Nominated DOE Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy

President Donald Trump intends to nominate Rita Baranwal, director of the Energy Department's Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear initiative, as assistant secretary for nuclear energy. Baranwal previously led research and development of nuclear fuel components for naval reactors at Bechtel Bettis, the White House said Wednesday.

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Senate Panel OKs Government Reorganization Measure

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed on Wednesday a bill that would authorize the White House to implement a government reorganization plan, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) sponsored the Reforming Government Act of 2018 that would allow Congress to clear reorganization proposals through a simple majority of 51 votes to accelerate passage of such plans.

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NITRD Seeks Public Feedback on AI R&D Strategic Plan Revision

The Networking and Information Technology Research and Development National Coordination Office has issued a request for information on a plan to revise a strategy that aims to influence government research efforts in artificial intelligence. The RFI comes as the NITRD NCO and the National Science and Technology Council’s Select Committee on AI intend to update the 2016 National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan to align with current priorities, NSF said in a Federal Register notice posted Wednesday.

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OMB Seeks Public Comments on Draft ‘Cloud Smart’ Strategy; Suzette Kent Quoted

The Office of Management and Budget has issued a new draft strategy that seeks to help federal agencies facilitate the adoption of cloud platforms in support of their mission requirements. A White House release published Monday says the Cloud Smart strategy marks the first update of the previous cloud policy, Cloud First, introduced in 2010.
 

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