Posts from GovConDaily 01/26/2017

Former Commerce Dept Cybersecurity Adviser Clete Johnson Joins Wilkinson Barker Knauer as Partner

Clete Johnson, former senior adviser for cybersecurity and technology to Commerce Department Secretary Penny Pritzker, has joined law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer as a partner. The firm said Wednesday Johnson will be based at its Washington, D…
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Andrea Thompson to Serve as Nat’l Security Adviser to Mike Pence, Deputy Asst to Trump

Andrea Thompson, a retired U.S. Army colonel and former national security adviser to the House Homeland Security Committee, will assume the roles of deputy assistant to the president and national security adviser to the vice president…
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Robert Work, UK Counterpart Sign Cooperation Agreement on P-8A Operations in North Atlantic

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and Harriett Baldwin, U.K. minister for defense procurement, have signed an agreement that aims to strengthen the U.S.-U.K. defense partnership and collaboration in P-8A Poseidon aircraft operations…
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CBO’s Keith Hall: Growth in Healthcare, Retirement Spending to Drive Up Budget Deficit From 2017 to 2027

Keith Hall, director of the Congressional Budget Office, has said CBO predicts the U.S. budget deficit to grow over the next 10 years if current laws remain unchanged. Hall said in a statement published Tuesday that increasing interest payments on government’s debt, rise in healthcare program and retirement spending and growth in revenue collections are the main trends that would drive up the federal budget deficit from 2017 to 2027…
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DISA Moves to Digitize Common Access Card Credentials

The Defense Information Systems Agency has implemented a program that works to integrate credentials from common access cards into mobile devices, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. David Thornton writes Jeremy Corey, lead engineer for the Defense Department‘s public key infrastructure, said DISA’s Purebred program is a key management server with an application installed on a mobile device…
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Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Establish Senate Select Cybersecurity Panel

Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) and Chris Coons (D-Delaware) have proposed a bill that seeks to establish a new Senate committee that would conduct investigations on cybersecurity issues. The proposed Senate Select Committee on Cybersecurity would consist of 21 members from various panels in the upper chamber that include the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee and would draft legislation and develop recommendations, Gardner’s office said Wednesday…
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House Lawmakers Ask DARPA to Review Robotic Satellite Repair Program

Three House lawmakers have called on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to postpone work on a robotic space repair initiative until DARPA completes a review that seeks to determine whether the program complies with the National Space Policy, Breaking Defense reported Wednesday…
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MDA, Israel Complete Air Defense System Tests

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency and Israel’s missile defense organization have finished the fifth series of tests on a missile defense system designed to intercept short-range ballistic missiles and large caliber rockets…
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Gen. John Hyten: US Needs to Deter Conflict in Space

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, has said the U.S. needs to deter “bad behavior” and conflict in space amid efforts of Russia and China to build weapons for space deployment, Stratcom reported Tuesday…
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VIDEO: Mattis Speaks at Pentagon’s Martin Luther King Observance Ceremony

Defense Secretary James Mattis gives opening remarks during the Defense Department’s annual observance ceremony honoring Dr. Martin Luther King at the Pentagon, Jan. 25, 2017
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