September 25, 2017

Mattis & Senate Stall Military Transgender Ban

Military Transgender Ban

Both DefSec James Mattis and Sen. John McCain seek studies before implementation of President Trump’s ban on transgender troops in the military.

Cyberattacks Hitting Private Firms

cyberattacks

Cyberattacks are hitting US companies and the firms are complaining that the US government needs to strike back.

Lack of US Cyber Policies Called Illegal

cyberattacks

Sen. John McCain tells Deputy De­fense Sec­ret­ary and Na­tion­al In­tel­li­gence Director their lack of cyber policies is illegal.

Dems Say NDAA Undermines Civilian Employees

Hoyer Jobs Growth Dec. 2016

Vet preference, merit systems & due process rights are jeopardized, a letter sent to conferees of the NDAA asks for changes.

Senators Move NDAA Forward with War Fund

John McCain

Senators vote 83-15, include $38 billion for DoD from the war fund and move NDAA toward a vote possible as early as Thursday.

Penn State Finds Chinese Hackers & Goes Off-Line

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Penn State, developer of sensitive technology for the US Navy, finds Chinese hackers embedded in their engineering computer network.

House Defense Bill: Bit of Bad News for Everyone

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National Defense Authorization Act leaves the House Armed Services Committee: No BRAC, no contractors replacing civilians, the A-10 stays.

More Budget Cuts Could Target Mid-sized Contractors

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House defense panel member says his committee has cut another $25 billion from defense in the budget bill and that the contractor workforce was likely to take the brunt of this additional hit.

Google Buys DARPA’s Favorite Robotics Lab

Boston Dynamics became the eighth robotics firm Google has purchased in the past six months. Current military contracts will be honored, say Google execs, but the company doesn’t seek to become a military contractor on its own.

Plans Released to Open More Military Jobs to Women

Senate might not pass defense budget before fall, cyber-security legislation advances, so does a cyber-arms race, says security technologist.