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China USA

SecDef Warns Against Over-Hyping Recent Chinese Weapons Tests (Marcus Weisgerber and Tara Copp, Nextgov)

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin cautioned national security leaders and industry executives against over-hyping recent Chinese weapons tests—but also called for deeper ties between the Pentagon and large and small technology companies to counter China.

In a Saturday speech titled “The China Challenge” at the 2021 Reagan National Defense Forum, a gathering of defense leaders, lawmakers, and private industry executives here, Austin said China’s recent hypersonic launch and its gains in nuclear weapons, cyber, and space should be met “with confidence and resolve—not panic and pessimism.”

SecDef Warns Against Over-Hyping Recent Chinese Weapons Tests – Nextgov

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Technology

VA Aims To Reduce Administrative Tasks With AI, Machine Learning (Alexandra Kelley, Nextgov)

Officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs are looking to increase efficiency and optimize their clinicians’ professional capabilities, featuring advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies.

In a November presolicitation, the VA seeks to gauge market readiness for advanced healthcare device manufacturing, ranging from prosthetic solutions, surgical instruments, and personalized digital health assistant technology, as well as artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities.

VA Aims To Reduce Administrative Tasks With AI, Machine Learning – Nextgov

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Technology

The Future of 5G: Not There Yet, But Getting Closer, Officials Say (Patience Wait, Nextgov)

For several years now, the telecommunications industry has been promoting 5G and its immense potential to turbocharge business and citizen activities. During the Nextgov 5G Futures virtual conference on Dec. 2, a couple of experts discussed where 5G technology is today and unresolved issues it raises in the national security arena.

The National Science Foundation has been deeply involved in understanding the technical and implementation issues raised during 5G development. Dr. Thyaga Nandagopal, the acting Deputy Division Director of the Computer and Network Systems Division, part of NSF’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate, acknowledged 5G has yet to meet expectations.

The Future of 5G: Not There Yet, But Getting Closer, Officials Say – Nextgov

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Cyber Security

How a Cloud-Security Scaffolding Can Protect Your Multicloud Landscape (John Osborne, Nextgov)

On-prem data centers, public cloud regions, edge: Agency cloud environments have grown highly complex. And that has significant implications for cybersecurity.

Each cloud provider defines its security model differently, and it’s up to your organization to understand the differences. While the cloud provider takes responsibility for securing elements of the infrastructure it abstracts away from you, every other aspect of the cloud is your responsibility. If there’s a configuration knob to adjust, you need to adjust it. And the security knobs—for services such as identity management and access management—are totally different for each cloud provider.

How a Cloud-Security Scaffolding Can Protect Your Multicloud Landscape – Nextgov

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USA

House Lawmakers Look to Leverage Increased Telework Benefits in Federal Recruitment (Alexandra Kelley, Nextgov)

Lawmakers are exploring telework options for federal employees past the pandemic, as the next generation of civil servants gravitate toward the private sector in large part due to remote working benefits and other flexible job perks.

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform convened on Wednesday to discuss how to attract and retain that younger demographic of employees, specifically exploring the benefits of telework for government jobs.

House Lawmakers Look to Leverage Increased Telework Benefits in Federal Recruitment – Nextgov

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Cyber Security

NSA, CISA List Expectations for Industry on Data Governance in 5G Environments (Mariam Baksh, Nextgov)

Federal cybersecurity agencies are continuing to demarcate security roles for stakeholders in fifth-generation networking architectures with the release of guidance on the appropriate management of data in the cloud-based systems.

“Data is an incredibly valuable resource driving every industry in the modern world,” Bob Kolasky, who leads Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s National Risk Management Center, said in a press release Thursday. “This makes it an especially attractive target for adversaries. This paper highlights the importance of government and industry coordination in addressing the complex task of protecting our critical data. As with the previous two parts of this series, CISA encourages the 5G community to review this guidance and take actionable steps to help strengthen the nation’s 5G cloud infrastructure.”

NSA, CISA List Expectations for Industry on Data Governance in 5G Environments – Nextgov

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Technology

Report: Government Inaction on 6G Risks Ceding More Tech Ground to China (Alexandra Kelley, Nextgov)

As the Biden administration looks to improve the nation’s telecommunications networks and expand access to internet services to reduce the digital divide in the U.S., industry analysts are recommending a slew of federal investments, including a nationwide 6G strategy and supporting infrastructure.

A report published by researchers at the Center for a New American Security, framed within the rivalry between the U.S. and China over technological innovation and deployment, offered solutions to expedite and streamline the U.S. rollout of advanced 6G connectivity.

Report: Government Inaction on 6G Risks Ceding More Tech Ground to China – Nextgov

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USA

House Science Committee Ponders Ways to Strengthen U.S. Semiconductor Industry (Patience Wait, Nextgov)

The same day that the Federal Trade Commission sued to block a $40 billion merger between two American semiconductor companies, the House Science Committee held a hearing on the topic of reinvigorating the U.S. semiconductor industry.

The supply chain woes of the industry have been on full display during the pandemic. From automobiles to cellphones, smart household appliances to electronic toys and games, consumers have discovered things that they want to purchase are simply unavailable, whether because of shipping bottlenecks, semiconductor plants closed by climate events or workers sheltering at home, among other factors.

House Science Committee Ponders Ways to Strengthen U.S. Semiconductor Industry – Nextgov

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Technology

Robot With Bird Feet Can Perch and Grab (Taylor Kubota, Nextgov)

Like snowflakes, no two branches are alike. They can differ in size, shape, and texture; some might be wet or moss-covered or bursting with offshoots. And yet birds can land on just about any of them.

“It’s not easy to mimic how birds fly and perch,” says William Roderick, lead author of a new paper on the bird robot in Science Robotics.

Robot With Bird Feet Can Perch and Grab – Nextgov

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