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  • Writer's pictureJoshua Duvall

GovConJudicata Weekly Debrief (7/3–7)

This week's Weekly Debrief covers an NDAA amendment for cyber threats to border security, NASA's digital transformation, Space Command and satellite operations, national security venture fund, and DoD's Rapid Defense Experimentation Reserve.


Congress


  • "A House Democrat representing a district along the U.S.-Mexico border has proposed an amendment to the annual defense policy bill that would require key federal agencies to conduct an assessment of cybersecurity threats to technologies, systems and equipment used to safeguard the nation’s points of entry."

Space


  • "Perhaps more than any other agency’s, NASA’s history is shaped by technological innovation. At a time when the federal government is pursuing new methods to modernize its digital infrastructure, it falls to Jill Marlowe to help align the space agency’s diverse mission sets toward a future that is data-fueled, interoperable and powered by emerging technology."

  • "In order to better keep tabs on adversaries, the U.S. military needs satellites that can actively maneuver in orbit, the deputy commander of U.S. Space Command said July 6. 'The way we’ve been doing space operations since the dawn of the space age, we’ve been doing it wrong,' Lt. Gen. John Shaw said at a Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies event."

Defense


  • "When National Security Innovation Capital (NSIC) obligated its available funds for the current year, it marked a milestone for the three-year-old government-backed venture fund. After starting as an idea — exploring whether the government can make an impact on early-stage hardware production to benefit the Defense Department — it quickly developed into a working fund with 17 companies in its portfolio."

  • "The Pentagon’s chief technology office will soon brief Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks on the first slate of joint projects known as the Rapid Defense Experimentation Reserve."


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