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“The General and the Ambassador” discuss role of development in national security (pt. 2)

On September 19, part two of Ambassador (retired) Deborah McCarthy’s conversation with former Acting U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Alonzo Fulgham and former Senior USAID Mission Director James Bever was released on “The General and the Ambassador.” This episode continues the examination of the role of development assistance in U.S. national security, with Fulgham […]

HHS, DoD release COVID-19 vaccine distribution strategy

On Wednesday, September 16, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DoD) released two documents outlining the Trump Administration’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution strategy. The documents were developed by HHS in coordination with DoD and the Centers of Disease Control (CDC). The vaccine distribution plan is part of Operation Warp […]

CISA and FBI issue alert on Iranian cyber threat

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a joint alert regarding Iranian-based cyber threats on Tuesday, September 15.  According to the alert, “CISA and FBI are aware of a widespread campaign from an Iran-based malicious cyber actor targeting several industries mainly associated with information technology, government, healthcare, […]

Energy, DoD, DHS develop new disaster relief vehicle

The Department of Energy, in collaboration with the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, announced on September 15 that it has awarded Cummins, Inc. approximately $1 million to develop a new disaster relief vehicle. The federally-funded H2Rescue is a hydrogen fuel cell truck that was designed to meet the needs of military and civilian emergency […]

CISA, FBI warn of China-affiliated hackers

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a joint alert regarding cyber threats to government systems on Monday, September 14.  According to the alert, CISA has “consistently observed Chinese Ministry of State Security-affiliated cyber threat actors using publicly available information sources and common, well-known tactics, techniques, and […]

CTO speaks of “whole-of-government commitment” to AI

Michael J.K. Kratsios, Chief Technology Officer of the United States and Acting Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, spoke with Nand Mulchandani, Acting Director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center at DoD, during a “Fireside Chat” on September 10. The chat was part of the 2020 Department of Defense Artificial Intelligence Symposium and Exposition. […]

DoD and partners promote readiness, protect the environment

A recent report details efforts by the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of the Interior, and the Department of Agriculture to strengthen military readiness and protect the environment. The 2020 Sentinel Landscapes Accomplishment Report was published on August 26, and reviews projects carried out during fiscal year 2019. According to William Jordan Gillis, the assistant […]

Acting DHS secretary delivers “State of the Homeland”

On Wednesday, September 9, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf gave the annual State of the Homeland Address. “While much has changed since the Department was created after 9/11, one thing remains constant: the dedicated men and women of DHS who rise to meet every threat with unwavering professionalism, precision, and passion,” […]

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