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White House Supports $1.2T Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework

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The Biden administration has expressed its support for a $1.2 trillion framework that seeks to make investments in transportation, power, broadband and water infrastructure while building resilience to climate change. The plan would earmark $312 billion for transportation, including EV chargers, roads, bridges and public transit, and $266 billion for other infrastructure, including power, water and broadband networks.

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Former NSA Cyber Adviser Teddy Nemeroff Named to National Security Council

Teddy Nemeroff

Teddy Nemeroff, formerly a senior adviser for cyber policy at the National Security Agency (NSA), has been appointed to serve on the White House's National Security Council. He will serve as the council's director for international cyber policy, a role through which he will help the U.S. government expand cyber policy outside the country.

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U.S. Russia Foundation Head Celeste Wallander Nominated to DOD International Security Affairs Post

Celeste Wallander

President Biden has nominated Celeste Wallander, president and CEO of the U.S.-Russia Foundation, to serve as assistant secretary for international security affairs at the Department of Defense (DOD). Wallander, president and CEO of the U.S.-Russia Foundation, would return to DOD and advise the defense secretary on international security strategy and policy matters if the Senate confirms her nomination. 

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DOD Reviews Definition of ‘Prohibited Extremist Activities’ Among Troops; Gen. Lloyd Austin Quoted

Gen. Lloyd Austin

The White House National Security Council released the National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism and the Department of Defense (DOD) is now assessing and updating its definition of “prohibited extremist activities” among uniformed service members in line with the strategy. DOD will also look at policy recommendations to address such activities among contractors and civilian employees, according to the 32-page document.

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House Representatives Introduce Bill to Establish National S&T Strategy; Rep. Michael Waltz Quoted

Michael Waltz

Reps. Michael Waltz, R-Fla.; Deborah Ross, D-N.C.; Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas; and Frank Lucas, R-Okla., have presented a bill to produce a strategy for the country's science and technology pursuits. NSTC and OSTP would quadrennially assess the U.S. science and technology scene and produce a corresponding national strategy, Space and Technology said Monday.

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U.S., EU to Coordinate on Critical Tech, Supply Chain Issues Via Trade and Technology Council

U.S.-EU Summit

The U.S. and the European Union on Tuesday formed a Trade and Technology Council (TTC) to build up global cooperation on digital issues, technology and supply chains, work on international standards development and support collaborative research efforts. A senior administration official said Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai will co-chair the council.

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White House Seeks to Address Near-Term Supply Chain Challenges With New Task Force

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The Biden administration will form a supply chain disruptions task force to help address short-term supply chain challenges and address near-term mismatches between supply and demand in areas such as semiconductors, construction and agriculture. The White House outlined some of the initiatives it has started to address vulnerabilities in U.S. supply chains. 

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FBI Director Christopher Wray Calls for Coordination to Fight Ransomware Attacks

Christopher Wray

FBI Director Christopher Wray said the bureau was investigating approximately 100 various types of ransomware and the recent attacks on oil and meat processing companies accounted for only a fraction of those types of ransomware. He highlighted the importance of coordination between companies and law enforcement authorities in identifying those behind the attacks and finding ways to counter threat actors.

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DOD Vet Caral Spangler Nominated for Army Comptroller Post

Caral Spangler

Caral Spangler, a 39-year Department of Defense veteran, has been nominated by President Biden to serve as assistant secretary for financial management and comptroller at the U.S. Army. She served as a career Senior Executive Service member in every military branch and in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller).

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White House Expands Ban on U.S. Investments in Chinese Defense, Surveillance Tech Firms

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President Biden signed an executive order on Thursday expanding the scope of a previous policy that prohibits U.S. companies and individuals from investing in Chinese companies with ties to China’s military. The Biden administration named 59 Chinese companies subject to the executive order’s prohibitions and the U.S. government will begin implementing the ban on U.S. investments in the listed entities starting Aug. 2nd.

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