Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) will lead cybersecurity efforts that cut across committee lines.
A House Republican task force says Congress should give companies incentives to boost their cybersecurity defenses, Reuters reports. Incentives could include tax breaks, regulatory relief and protection against lawsuits for companies that embrace certain cyber standards.
Despite a veto threat from the President, the House passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) Thursday , along with three other cybersecurity bills.
Two years after U.S. Cyber Command became operational, the military services that provide its cyber forces are beginning to more tightly define their respective responsibilities in the joint cyber environment. Gen. Keith Alexander issued a memo recently giving each of the services a lead cyber role for specific geographic areas of the world.
Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), the chairman of the House GOP Cybersecurity Task Force, argues that the country’s national security cannot afford a stalemate on cyber legislation. His column is part of Federal News Radio’s special report, Cybersecurity Rising.
The House Armed Services Committee created a panel to figure out a way to reform the defense acquisition processes. Experts say reform may be difficult but it’s also necessary given tight budgets and sequestration.
The size of DoD’s civilian acquisition workforce has grown by some 20,000 employees over the past five years and now numbers about 135,000 personnel members, according to Stephanie Barna, acting assistant secretary of Defense for Readiness and Force Management. That’s thanks to an effort by DoD begun in 2009 to recapitalize its acquisition workforce. But the department’s focus on the acquisition workforce has been strained by a slew of competing priorities and congressionally-mandated belt-tightening, Barna said.
Today’s FEDtalk will feature a roundtable discussion of one of this year’s hottest topics – acquisition reform. January 9, 2015
Sequestration, cyber attacks and terrorism are just a few of the concerns that top the list for the 114th Congress. In anticipation of tonight’s State of the Union address, the American Enterprise Institute will hold a “congressional roadmap for rebuilding our nation’s military” at 10 a.m. Former Sen. Jim Talent is an AEI senior fellow; Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. They joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with a sneak peak at the event.
Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), incoming chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, says defense acquisition reform is an essential element of his agenda. But the approach will be slow and steady.