GovConJudicata Weekly Debrief (1/3–7)
This week's Weekly Debrief covers the 2022 Defense Strategy, NGA and NRO's efforts to target satellite imagery "deep fakes," how DHS's risk center responds to cyber events, the Cyberspace Solarium Commission to reboot as non-profit, NASA's plan to hire a Chief Technologist, and a business owner sentenced for small business fraud scheme.
Happy New Year!
"When the Biden administration releases its National Defense Strategy 2022 in the next month or so, it should reframe global affairs in terms of the competition continuum, “a world of enduring competition conducted through a mixture of cooperation, competition below armed conflict, and armed conflict.”
"Improving cybersecurity — in particular, developing methods to weed out “deep fake” imagery and computer-manipulated data — will be one of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s top priorities for this year and next, Chief Information Officer Mark Andress said today."
"When a ransomware attack forced Colonial Pipeline to shut down last May, the Department of Homeland Security’s risk management clearinghouse began working through the implications of an extended fuel shortage. Ultimately, the pipeline was down for just six days, with panic buying rather than an actual supply shortage leading to temporary fuel unavailability at gas stations up and down the East Coast."
"One of the government’s key mechanisms for pushing cybersecurity policy in recent years is shutting down. The Cyberspace Solarium Commission was charged in 2019 with sorting through the difficult policy solutions needed to help prevent and prepare the U.S. cyberattacks, is shutting down this month after more than two years and a report to Congress with nearly 100 recommendations that led to a slew of legislative changes."
"NASA’s new Office of Technology, Policy and Strategy will hire a chief technologist “as quickly as possible” within the rules to improve commercial partnerships, Associate Administrator Bhavya Lal told FedScoop on Tuesday."
"An Olathe, Kansas, man who conspired with others to control construction businesses that received hundreds of millions of dollars in federal government contracts, was sentenced in federal court today for defrauding the government with respect to contracts set aside for service-disabled veterans and certified minorities."
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