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Open newsletter – february 23, 2022

ASIA A divide is emerging between how the Asia Pacific region has responded to the Omicron wave of COVID-19, and how North American and Western European countries have responded. East Asia Forum, Jeremy Youde: Asia’s cautious approach to Omicron AUSTRALIA One of the former Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials involved with a new […]

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Cyber Security, Digital Transition, Technology Geopolitics & Worlds Global Topics In-Defense

Daily news – February 8, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Astana Times, Atlantic Council, Brookings, Bruegel, Chatham House, CSIS, Defense News, Defense One, East Asia Forum, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Global Times, Human Rights Watch, Japan Institute of International Affairs, Nextgov, Reuters, RFE RL, RUSI, StartMagazine, The Jamestown Foundation, Vatican  AFGHANISTAN – USA Where are the detailed Pentagon reports like […]

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Cyber Security, Digital Transition, Technology Geopolitics & Worlds Global Topics In-Defense

Daily news – February 2, 2022 a.m.

AFGHANISTAN – NONSTATE ARMED ACTORS Nonstate threats in the Taliban’s Afghanistan. Joshua T. White, Brookings: While Afghanistan’s new Taliban leadership has been preoccupied with the near-term challenges of forming a government, managing internal tensions, and pursuing foreign recognition and funding to stave off an economic collapse, nonstate armed actors in Afghanistan have begun to assess […]

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Cyber Security, Digital Transition, Technology Geopolitics & Worlds In-Defense

Daily news – February 1, 2022 a.m. (1)

CYBER-SECURITY – DIGITAL TRANSITION – TECHNOLOGY USA. Frank Konkel, Nextgov: The federal government’s tendency to over-classify data is harming national security and “erodes the basic trust that our citizens have in their government,” said Avril Haines, U.S. director of national intelligence, in a letter to two senators. Haines’ letter follows sustained pressure from Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Jerry […]

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Cyber Security, Digital Transition, Technology Geopolitics & Worlds Global Topics In-Defense

Daily news – January 29, 2022 a.m.

GEOPOLITICS & WORLDS Normandia process e gli obiettivi di Russia e Ucraina. Vladimir Socor per The Jamestown Foundation: On January 26, in Paris, senior political advisors to the Russian, Ukrainian, German and French heads of state and government convened to “reanimate” (such is the term in circulation) the quadrilateral “Normandy” process of consultations. Moscow, Kyiv […]

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Cyber Security, Digital Transition, Technology Geopolitics & Worlds Global Topics In-Defense

Daily news – January 27, 2022 a.m.

GEOPOLITICS & WORLDS Sulla crisi russo-ucraina. Tracy Wilkinson per Los Angeles Times: U.S. refuses to budge on Ukraine in response to Russian demands – Politico: Will There Be a War Over Ukraine? 13 Putin Watchers Weigh In – Julian Borger per The Guardian: Biden threatens Putin with personal sanctions if Russia invades Ukraine – Conor […]

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Geopolitics & Worlds

New FITARA Grades Show Agencies Failing to Transition Off Legacy Networking Services (Mariam Baksh, Nextgov)

Fifteen of 24 agencies graded in the 12th biannual scorecard measuring implementation of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act received an F on shifting to contracts for modern telecommunications. The General Services Administration has been pushing agencies to get off a contracting vehicle for telecom services called Networx and others that are set to expire and move toward […]

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Geopolitics & Worlds

Think Twice Before Scanning That QR Code, FBI Warns (Shourjya Mookerjee, Nextgov)

Quick response, or QR, codes have taken off since the start of the pandemic, giving governments and businesses a fast, contactless way to pass information to consumers. Their popularity and ease of use have prompted the FBI to warn end users that cybercriminals can tamper with the codes to redirect them to malicious sites. In […]

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Geopolitics & Worlds

Connolly, Issa launch IT modernization caucus (Natalie Alms, Nextgov)

Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) are launching a new, bipartisan IT modernization caucus on Thursday, meant to “bring awareness to governments’ need to embrace technology and analytics to better deliver services to the American public.” The two have a history of collaborating across party lines on technology and management issues, despite coming […]

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CISA Releases Finalized IPv6 Guidance for Agencies (Frank Konkel, Nextgov)

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on Thursday published guidance meant to provide federal agencies with security considerations regarding Trusted Internet Connections 3.0 implementations as they transition to IPv6. The guidance follows a years-long effort spanning multiple administrations to securely transition agencies to IPv6—the current standard for identifying devices and systems communicating over the web—from the previous standard, IPv4. […]

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Marine Corps, CGI Enter $34 Million Contract To Update Inventory Tracking System (Alexandra Kelley, Nextgov)

IT consulting firm CGI was awarded a new contract with the U.S. Marine Corps to help expand the military branch’s software integration platform to centralize business operations. Announced on Thursday, the contract with CGI will focus on building out the Marine Corps Platform Integration Center between eight bases. A central role of the MCPIC is […]

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Geopolitics & Worlds

Data is the Fuel of Digital Transformation, Officials Say (Patience Wait, Nextgov)

Harnessing the information hidden within the federal government’s truly vast stores of data is one of the biggest challenges in pursuing digital transformation. Panelists during the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center’s Digital Transformation Virtual Summit on Jan. 18 shared how they are tackling the issue and some of the outcomes they are hoping to achieve. […]