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White House Appoints Chirag Parikh as National Space Council Executive Secretary

Chirag Parikh

Chirag Parikh, former director of space policy at the National Security Council, has been named executive secretary of the White House National Space Council chaired by Vice President Kamala Harris. He will join the council from Microsoft, where he has served as senior director of Azure Space since January 2020.

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John Plumb Nominated for Space Policy Leadership Role at DOD

John Plumb

President Biden has nominated John Plumb, formerly the director of defense policy and strategy at the National Security Council (NSC), to become the assistant secretary of defense for space policy. Plumb brings expertise in the areas of nuclear technology, missile defense and space, with more than a century's quarter of national security experience. 

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Report: US Eyes Sanction Campaign Against Iran’s Precision-Strike Capabilities

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The U.S. government is planning to impose sanctions against Iran’s precision-strike capabilities using guided missiles and drones citing concerns over the threats pose by such weapon systems to the U.S. and its allies. “It’s part of a comprehensive approach so we’re dealing with all aspects of the Iranian threat,” said a senior U.S. official.

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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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Senate Lawmakers to Consider Increase to White House’s Defense Budget by $25B

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Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) members started closed-door work on the annual defense authorization bill Wednesday and will consider adding another $25 billion to the White House’s proposed defense budget of $716 billion for fiscal year 2022 to fund the services’ unfunded priorities.

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President Biden Picks Jonathan Kanter for DOJ Antitrust Division’s Assistant Attorney General

Jonathan Kanter

Jonathan Kanter, a more than two-decade legal professional, will be nominated by President Biden to serve as assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice's antitrust division, the White House announced Tuesday. Kanter is a founding partner at Washington, D.C.-based Kanter Law Group and is known for advocating antitrust enforcement in the technology industry.

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U.S. Government, Allies Link Microsoft Exchange Hack to China

Cybersecurity Threats

The U.S. government and allies, including the U.K., European Union and NATO, have attributed the Microsoft Exchange Server (MSS) and other malicious cyber activities to threat actors with ties to China’s ministry of state security. Cyber actors linked to China’s MSS used zero-day vulnerabilities in Exchange Server to perform “cyber espionage operations."

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Former NIST Official Laurie Locascio Nominated Commerce Undersecretary for Standards, Technology

Laurie Locascio

The White House has named Laurie Locascio, a 28-year veteran of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and current vice president of research at the University of Maryland, as President Biden's pick for commerce undersecretary for standards and technology. She also teaches at the university's bioengineering and pharmacology departments. 

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Executive Order Calls for Agencies to Implement Pro-Competitive Regulations to Procurement, Spending

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President Joe Biden signed Friday an executive order that directs federal agencies to adopt pro-competitive approaches and regulations to spending and procurement and revoke “regulations that create unnecessary barriers to entry” to address monopolization, overconcentration and unfair competition in the U.S. economy, Government Executive reported Monday.

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