Tag Archives: White House

Anne Neuberger Offers Update on Government’s Response to Recent Cyber Incidents

Anne Neuberger

Anne Neuberger, deputy national security adviser for Cyber and Emerging Technology and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said that due to an increase in patching efforts, the Biden administration is “standing down” the two unified coordination groups that were established in response to cyber breaches involving SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange.

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President Biden Picks Defense Exec Mara Karlin as Nominee for Strategic Role

Mara Karlin

President Biden has nominated Mara Karlin, a Pentagon executive focused on international security affairs, to become the Department of Defense's (DOD) assistant secretary for strategy, plans and capabilities. Karlin began her public sector career as a civil servant at the Office of the Secretary of Defense and went on to fill various advisory roles related to national security.

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Senators Introduce Bill Amid Potential $23B F-35 Sale to UAE; Sen. Bob Menendez Quoted

F-35 Fighter Jets

Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Bob Menendez, D-N.J., have proposed a bill that would require congressional oversight of the sale of U.S. military systems to foreign governments. The introduction of the Secure F-35 Exports Act of 2021 comes as the White House looks to proceed with an estimated $23 billion foreign military sale of F-35 fighter jets and drones to the United Arab Emirates. 

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White House to Nominate Aerospace Exec Pamela Melroy as NASA Deputy Administrator

Pamela Melroy

President Biden has announced that his NASA deputy administrator nominee will be Pamela Melroy, a retired U.S. Air Force test pilot and a former NASA astronaut and Space Shuttle commander who now serves as an independent consultant and a member of the users advisory group to the National Space Council (NSC). 

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Rep. Adam Smith Highlights Need to Improve Defense Spending Management

Rep. Adam Smith

Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), said he wants to find new approaches on how the Department of Defense (DOD) can improve the way it spends its funding. “There are not enough incentives right now in the way we spend money at the Pentagon to save money and get the best value for what you’re doing. We need to change that,” Smith said.

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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 Nominates John Tien, Jen Easterly, Robert Silvers for DHS, CISA Roles

White House

President Biden has nominated U.S. Army veterans John Tien and Jen Easterly to serve as deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), respectively. Tien has been a managing director at Citigroup since 2011 and served as senior director for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the National Security Council (NSC) during the Obama and Bush administrations. 

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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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White House Eyes New Regulations for Securing Software Supply Chain

CISA Budget

President Biden plans to issue an executive order that will focus on addressing recent cybersecurity issues that could impact the software supply chain. Jeff Greene, acting senior director for cybersecurity at the National Security Council (NSC), told attendees at a Cybersecurity Coalition event that binding requirements under the executive order will be established after at least six months.

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Ronald Moultrie, Mike McCord Announced as Nominees for DOD Intell, Comptroller Roles

Pentagon

President Biden intends to nominate former government officials Ronald Moultrie and Mike McCord to the roles of undersecretary for intelligence and security at the Department of Defense (DOD) and DOD undersecretary (comptroller), respectively. Moultrie is president and CEO of Oceanus Security Strategies. McCord currently serves as director of civil-military programs at the Stennis Center for Public Service.

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