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Climate change affects all major threats, says former principal deputy Defense comptroller

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, says the climate crisis will drive instability in some global regions. The Defense Department has several climate initiatives underway. John Conger, former principal deputy under secretary of defense (comptroller) and director of the Center for Climate and Security, said one should think of climate […]


Third-party cybersecurity assessment of defense industrial base could take 15 years

The Defense Department’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program, a framework to evaluate security in the defense supply chain, has its first third-party assessor. Redspin will be the first company other companies can use to verify their compliance with CMMC standards. Bob Bigman, former chief information security officer of the Central Intelligence Agency and founder […]


Risk from threats to Global Positioning System technology is exaggerated, says engineering expert

Military services say they will rely on Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to fight the future fight, but the department may be leaving better, less fragile technology on the table. Richard Mason, senior engineer at the RAND Corporation, said risks and disruption from jamming of GPS systems tend to be overstated. Mason said backup technology […]


Vulnerability disclosure programs are a staple for government cybersecurity

The Army has 102 critical security gaps that it says it will fix immediately. The latest annual Hack the Army bug bounty event, where professional hackers help find weak spots in Defense Department websites, found 238 total cyber vulnerabilities. Danelle Barrett, former deputy chief information officer of the Navy, said the use of vulnerability disclosure […]


Former federal chief information officer says compliance culture change is underway

Jen Easterly, the nominee to take over the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, would like Congress to rethink the way it oversees agency security. Easterly says that would require reforming the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA). Karen Evans, former federal chief information officer and now partner at KE&T Partners, said there is a culture […]


Hardware-enforced technology necessary for security, says defense cyber strategist

Ransomware attacks are hitting state and local governments in addition to private sector companies and academic institutions. The federal government has escaped those attacks, at least so far. Daniel O’Donohue, former director of Joint Force development and design in the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said civilian agencies should transition […]


Former Office of the Secretary of Defense official discusses trends in climate change and national security

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin calls climate change an “existential threat” to the national security of the United States. Austin named four incidents in recent years driven by climate change that have impacted the department. Jim Mitre, former principal director for strategy and force development in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and now chief […]

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