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More discussion on unexpected national security threats is critical, says strategy expert

The latest assessment from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence anticipates the threat of disruptive technologies. It also finds the COVID-19 pandemic will generate aftershocks for years. Barry Pavel, Senior Vice President and Founding Director of the Scowcroft Center at the Atlantic Council, said the assessment is good but lacks enough detail on […]

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Proposal for dramatic increase in Internal Revenue Service budget raises questions

President Biden proposes giving the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) $80 billion more to spend on enforcement on high earners and big corporations. The plan would also give the IRS more authority for its audits over the next 10 years. The IRS operates at around $12 billion annually, so some are wondering if the agency can […]

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Federal government alone cannot solve violent extremism, says counterterrorism expert

The most recent Department of Homeland Security threat assessment lists racially and ethnically motivated violent extremists, especially white supremacist extremists, as the “most persistent and lethal threat in the Homeland.” Curbing the violence could start with a change in the way the government looks at policy. Katrina Mulligan, Managing Director for National Security and International […]

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More balanced perspective necessary for success in Arctic, says former Pentagon official

New satellite images show the Russian military is refitting old Soviet bases in the Arctic and building new ones. One reason for the activity is ice melt from climate change. Sharon Burke, Senior Advisor at New America, said the United States’ Arctic strategy should take into consideration climate change’s long-term impact on the world as […]

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Government needs specific cybersecurity standards, says former intelligence official

If the Senate confirms Chris Inglis as the first national cyber director, he will lead the coordination of government cybersecurity measures. Bob Bigman, former Chief Information Security Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency, said resources should go towards development of specific, measurable cybersecurity standards for federal agencies. Bigman said the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency […]

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New advisory council will help improve cybersecurity certification process for defense industrial base

The Chief Information Officer of the Air Force Lauren Knausenberger expressed some reservations this week about the Defense Department’s big bet on securing its supply chain –Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification. Those comments follow a big hire by the board that oversees CMMC and a review from the top of the department. Karlton Johnson, Chairman of […]

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Bad actors scanning globe in search of security vulnerabilities

Agencies are on a new alert tonight from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency after they found advanced persistent threat actors scanning federal systems in a new way. The advisory from the two agencies lists 15 mitigation steps the FBI and CISA say agencies should take. Former Federal Chief […]

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