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Former department CIO recommends agencies use purpose-built solutions for vaccination status tracking

Employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have about a week to get vaccinated before disciplinary actions begin. The VA issued its own vaccine mandate months in advance of the federal requirement. The Nov. 22 deadline for federal employees to be fully vaccinated is fast approaching. Jonathan Alboum, former chief information officer of the […]


Agency’s work to stop imports made with forced labor is having a global impact

Forced labor is considered modern-day slavery and affects about 25 million people around the globe. One team at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is working to stop goods made in those conditions from entering the American market. Ana Hinojosa, executive director of the Trade Remedy Law Enforcement Directorate at CBP, and Eric Choy, deputy executive […]


Survey finds nuclear triad modernization has bipartisan support, former defense official reports

Calls to modernize the United States’ aging nuclear triad are growing stronger. The legacy systems will reach retirement age in about the next decade. Col. Mark Gunzinger (USAF, ret.), director at The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies and former deputy assistant secretary of defense, said a survey from his organization of Democratic and Republican likely […]


Former CIA senior operations officer says the agency needs a cultural shift

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was established in 1947 as a civilian, nonpartisan and independent foreign intelligence service. Today, in the wake of the failures of 9/11 and the Iraq War, the CIA has sought to reinvent itself and is now at a crossroads. Douglas London, former senior operations officer at the CIA and author […]


Technology transfer element adds risk to AUKUS deal, says Naval War College assistant professor

The recent trilateral defense agreement between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States includes technology sharing for its nuclear-powered submarines. But that difference from traditional arms sales could complicate the AUKUS deal. Erik Sand, assistant professor at the U.S. Naval War College, said transferring technology adds additional risk for the country sharing it and […]


Declining defense purchasing power puts United States at disadvantage, says former Defense Department official

The Pentagon gets $700 billion per year to spend across all Defense Department (DoD) programs. But the DoD’s purchasing power within that budget is declining, according to Bill Greenwalt, visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and former deputy under secretary of defense for industrial policy. Greenwalt said the reduction in purchasing power is problematic […]


China clearly biggest national security threat to United States, says defense strategy expert

The Biden administration is currently working on writing the 2022 National Defense Strategy, which should include challenges from adversaries like China, Russia, North Korea and the Taliban, as well as the ramifications of rapidly expanding global threats. Bryan Clark, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and former special assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations, […]

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