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Month: September 2021

American military should prioritize cultural literacy, says former combat interpreter

A lot has been said about why the Taliban were able to retake power in such a short time in Afghanistan. Baktash Ahadi, former combat interpreter for U.S. and Afghan Special Operations forces, says one reason is that American troops lacked cultural understanding of the Afghan people. Ahadi provided the example of when U.S. military […]

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Artificial intelligence can both perpetuate and mitigate bias, says tech equity officer

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has created guidance to identify and manage bias in artificial intelligence. The National Fair Housing Alliance wants to make sure communities of color and other underserved communities get fair access to mortgages and other services. Michael Akinwumi, chief tech equity officer at the National Fair Housing Alliance, […]

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Identifying assets is first step in implementing zero-trust mandate, former federal chief information officer says

A new zero-trust mandate from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) wants to boost security protections for critical government assets, but there are issues with implementing zero trust. Mark Forman, executive VP of Dynamic Integrated Services and former federal chief information officer, said it is very important for agencies to first identify the assets […]

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Government Matters (Full Show) – September 26, 2021

Former DHS secretary says cyber threats are “incomparably worse” than when he served Michael Chertoff, co-founder and executive chairman of The Chertoff Group, former DHS secretary, touches on each of the major threats facing the Department of Homeland Security and provides recommendations for the current secretary   New office will address disparities in negative health […]

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Former DHS secretary says cyber threats are “incomparably worse” than when he served

The Department of Homeland Security faces a multitude of threats – cybersecurity risks, foreign terrorist influence, domestic violent extremism and border security. 20 years after the department’s creation, confronting those threats is crucial. Former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff, co-founder and executive chairman of The Chertoff Group, said cyber attacks were a remote threat when he […]

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New office will address disparities in negative health effects of climate change

The World Health Organization estimates that 250,000 people die each year due to climate change, and it hits the most vulnerable communities hardest. In response to a White House executive order, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has established an Office of Climate Change and Health Equity. Rachel Levine, assistant secretary for health […]

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Government Matters (Full Show) – September 23, 2021

Author proposes international alliance to prepare for future pandemics Thomas Wright, senior fellow and director of the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, discusses his view that Covid-19 came at one of the worst possible moments and describes a proposal to prepare for future crises   CDC official responded to […]

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