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USAID, State, DoD to release Stabilization Assistance Review



USAID, State, DoD to release Stabilization Assistance Review
An interagency review of U.S. government stabilization efforts is expected as early as this month. The Stabilization Assistance Review (SAR) examines how the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Department of Defense (DoD) coordinate their diplomacy, aid, and military operations, primarily in Syria and Iraq. A State… Read More

DoD, agencies collaborate on space technology



DoD, agencies collaborate on space technology
The Pentagon, NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Reconnaissance Office have come together to contribute to a review of the defense industrial base. The four agencies make up a “space industrial base working group” that is examining how agencies could share space technology, collaborate on space-related acquisitions, and… Read More

Justice announces new cybersecurity task force



Justice announces new cybersecurity task force
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of the Cyber-Digital Task Force on February 20. The new task force is a reflection of the Department of Justice’s commitment to confronting cyber threats, and will examine the department’s current cyber efforts as well as identify how federal law enforcement can more… Read More

Defense, intelligence communities partner for space defense



Defense, intelligence communities partner for space defense
The National Space Defense Center (NSDC) at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, is now operating 24 hours a day with a staff of 230. The NSDC began as a concept in late 2015 with the establishment of the Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center (JICSpOC). The NSDC focuses on threats… Read More

DoD releases FY 2019 Budget Proposal



DoD releases FY 2019 Budget Proposal
On February 12, President Trump submitted to Congress his proposed Department of Defense (DoD) budget for Fiscal Year 2019. The FY 2019 budget focuses on restoring and rebuilding America’s military, requesting $716 billion for national security, of which $686 billion is designated for DoD. The FY 2019 budget was developed… Read More

National Defense Strategy released



National Defense Strategy released
The first new National Defense Strategy in a decade was announced in January. The 2018 National Defense Strategy is described by Elbridge A. Colby, deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and force development, as “not a strategy of confrontation, but it is strategy that recognizes the reality of competition.”… Read More

FEMA ends food/water aid to Puerto Rico



FEMA ends food/water aid to Puerto Rico
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is ending food and water aid to Puerto Rico on January 31.* FEMA has been an integral part of the interagency effort to provide aid to those effected by last year’s devastating hurricane season. Earlier this week, NPR reported that FEMA “believes the immediate… Read More

CALL highlights lessons learned from State personnel



CALL highlights lessons learned from State personnel
The Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) recently published a new installment in their “News From The Front” series focused on the experiences of Department of State personnel in interagency operations. Leveraging the Interagency: Insights from the U.S. Department of State Leadership is a collection of articles related to U.S.… Read More

IRS interested in interagency threat sharing



IRS interested in interagency threat sharing
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is looking to partner with state tax authorities, financial institutions, tax preparers, and other entities to prevent fraudulent tax returns this filing season, using interagency threat sharing to stay ahead of cybercriminals. “When we’re dealing with reduced resources at the IRS, we’ve had to do… Read More

Africom tool helps advance women, peace, and security



Africom tool helps advance women, peace, and security
A new tool recently developed by U.S. Africa Command (Africom) is being used to measure progress in advancing women, peace, and security (WPS). The assessment tool was developed by Cori Fleser, Africom’s gender advisor, to better integrate WPS efforts into Africom’s security cooperation activities. Africom has made strides to better… Read More