April 17, 2021

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Inauguration Day: What It Took to Get Here

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Welcome to Inauguration Day, being held this year amid a pandemic and unprecedented threats of violence as Joe Biden becomes president of the United States and Kamala Harris enters history as the first female vice president of the US. Some of the road and bridge closures and other accommodations are reported here.

Norquist to Be Acting DefSec After Inauguration

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David Norquist will serve as acting secretary of defense for the start of the Biden administration. Deputy DefSec since July 2019, Mr. Norquist will be in charge until the Senate confirms retired Army GEN Lloyd Austin for the position.

Govt. Agencies Could Be at Risk After Suspected Russian Hack

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All federal civilian executive branch agencies have been directed to search their networks for indications they were compromised after the US Commerce Department was hacked. The hackers entered US systems through updates by the software company that also provides services to the White House, the Pentagon, and NASA.

Cautious Election Optimism: No Cyber Attack, Yet

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Federal officials reported cautious optimism Wednesday morning that no malicious cyber attacks occurred on Election Day, but warned that the danger still exists in the days following the presidential election including potential violence when the results are known later in the week.

White House Coy on Esper’s Break with President

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A White House spokeswoman deflected queries regarding President Donald Trump’s continuing confidence in DefSec Mark Esper who voiced opposition to the president’s proposal to put active duty military into US cities to deal with violent protesters.

Shortage of Cybersecurity Workers Continues

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A recent Cybersecurity Workforce Study finds there is a shortage of cybersecurity professionals around the world. In the US, a current cybersecurity workforce of more than 800,000 is nowhere close to the number of cybersecurity jobs needed to protect government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and small and mid-sized business.

Thornberry to Retire, 2020 End of Term

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Rep. Mac Thornberry, the Republican’s top voice on military and national security, will not seek reelection next year. He joins five other Texas Republicans retiring from the House at the end of 2020.