Posts from GovConDaily for 01/03/2019

David Norquist to Take Over as Acting Deputy Defense Secretary

David Norquist, who has served as comptroller at the Department of Defense since 2017, will assume the role of deputy defense secretary on an interim basis, Defense News reported Wednesday. He will take on the responsibilities of Patrick Shanahan, who took over as acting DoD secretary after James Mattis announced his resignation…
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Col. Greg Coile on Army’s Need for Resilient Communications in Contested Environment

Col. Greg Coile, project manager for tactical networks PEO C3T at the U.S. Army, told C4ISRNET in an interview published Wednesday about the possible impact of not having a resilient communications network on troops operating in a contested environment…
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Industry Experts Advise DoD to Increase Cyber Oversight in Supply Chain

Cybersecurity industry leaders, stakeholders and experts recommend the Department of Defense observe coordination with contractors regarding cyber issues more closely, Fifth Domain reported Wednesday…
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Margaret Weichert: Trump Administration Integrating Federal Workforce Efforts in 2019

Margaret Weichert, acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, said the Trump administration aims to integrate workforce efforts through executive councils and agencies in 2019, Federal News Network reported Wednesday…
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Shanahan Details Plans as New DoD Chief at First National Security Meeting

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan held his first national security meeting informing senior military officials about his plans as head of the Department of Defense, SpaceNews reported Wednesday…
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GSA Looking to Expand Process Automation Across Gov’t

The General Services Administration plans to issue a playbook to guide the agency and potentially the entire government in automating digital tasks, FCW reported Wednesday. GSA wants to utilize robotic process automation bots, which can automate various tasks, such as data manipulation, data entry, email handling, data reconciliation and extracting data from documents…
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USAF, Navy Demonstrate Live-Virtual-Constructive Air Training

The U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy demonstrated a simulation approach where airborne pilots may train together with ground-based pilots in simulators, National Defense Magazine reported Wednesday. The simulation approach, known as Secure Live-Virtual-Constructive Advanced Training Environment or SLATE, also allows users to participate in virtual battles against computer-generated opponents…
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DoD Watchdog: Poor Management Delays Air Force DABS Program in EU

A watchdog report shows that the U.S. Air Force saw a multi-year delay in the acquisition and deployment of “base in a box” kits in Europe due to poor planning and lack of centralized management, Defense News reported Wednesday…
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FBI’s Christopher Wray: Chinese State-Backed Cyber Hacking Group Targets IP, Confidential Business Info

FBI Director Christopher Wray has said a group of Chinese state-sponsored threat actors compromised the computers of U.S. government agencies, firms and other organizations worldwide to steal large volumes of confidential business data and intellectual property…
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Senate OKs Bill Exploring Analog, Non-Digital Systems to Protect US Power Grid

Senate approved a bill that would require the Energy Department to launch a program aiming to use analog, non-digital and physical systems to protect U.S. electric power grids from cyber attacks, Nextgov recently reported…
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