News You Can Use: 01/01/19

National Security

The Biggest Nuclear Threats of 2018 Will Follow Us into the New Year, Defense One

If we ease pressure on the Islamic State, we could be attacked again, The Washington Post

House Democrats ready strategy to reopen government, deny Trump wall money, The Washington Post

International Impediments: A Counterterrorism Strategy Study, Small Wars Journal

Trump Kicks Mattis Out Early, Names Shanahan Acting Defense Secretary, Defense One

In Reversal, Trump Signals Further Boost in Defense Spending, Foreign Policy


How to Stop Hackers (Russian or Otherwise) from Hijacking Our Elections, Nextgov

Air Force begins to roll out special cyber defense teams, Fifth Domain

What the future of artificial intelligence means for cybersecurity, Fifth Domain

NIST Surveys and Assesses Broad Landscape of IoT Cybersecurity Standards in Interagency Report, Crowell Moring

Why older satellites present a cyber risk, Fifth Domain

Public Health

Opioid-Makers Face Wave of Lawsuits in 2019, NPR

Can medical marijuana for veterans move forward in 2019?, Military Times

Affordable Care Act Can Stay In Effect While Under Appeal, Judge Says, NPR

Tricare to Stop Covering Some Vitamin Supplements,

Human Rights & Humanitarian Efforts

China’s Bumbling Police State, Wall Street Journal

‘We Can’t Save Syrians Anymore, But We Can Save the Truth’, Foreign Policy

Air Force looks to use fleet’s largest cargo plane for medical evacuations, Stars and Stripes

Government & Military Personnel

Trump formalizes federal pay freeze for 2019, Federal Times

Congress in 2019: Five things to watch for in the budget battles to come, Brookings

Poll: Federal Employees Overwhelmingly Oppose Shutdown, Only 30 Percent Support Wall, Government Executive

Here’s what feds cared about most in 2018, Federal Times

Agencies to Start Increasing Furlough Numbers as Shutdown Drags On, Government Executive

Vets interested in STEM degrees could get more GI Bill money in 2019, Military Times

This federal program wipes away disabled vets’ student debt. They’re defaulting on their loans anyway., Military Times

Farewell: Remembering those who died in 2018, Military Times

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