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Posts in "Cyber"
January 29, 2015
Barack Obama is making defense and homeland security big parts of his pitch on the budget when he speaks to House Democrats Thursday at their retreat in Philadelphia. Full story
January 26, 2015
- State of the Union. We wrote many, many things about the State of the Union address. One was a more in-depth exploration of the Pentagon’s role in cybersecurity legislation.
- Yemen. Yemen was thrust into turmoil last week. We warned you early that it would be a big deal for the United States if there was a coup, and brought you a variety of congressional perspectives just before everything fell apart.
- India. There are some very significant ramifications for the U.S. defense industry to President Obama‘s trip to India; read our interview with the Wilson Center’s Michael Kugelman for what they are.
- CQ.com. Subscribers got a glimpse into House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry‘s (R-Texas) thinking on ground troops in Syria and minimizing Pentagon budget woes. They also read about foreshadowing for the fight over the House GOP border security plan. And CQ.com had a story on movement for a veterans suicide prevention bill.
- Elsewhere. The death of Saudi King Abdullah must be mentioned, although it looks like it won’t change much geopolitically. Japan might’ve botched its handling of the Islamic State group kidnapping. Iran sanctions legislation had a rough week. And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s trip to the United States in March has gotten awkward.
January 21, 2015
Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said at the beginning of her official GOP response speech Tuesday night to the president’s State of the Union address, “Even if we may not always agree, it’s important to hear different points of view in this great country.” Then, on security, she proceeded to offer no different point of view from Barack Obama. Full story
January 20, 2015
The role of the Pentagon in President Obama‘s proposed cybersecurity legislation — expected to get the spotlight in Tuesday evening’s State of the Union speech — could decide its fate in Congress. Full story
The big event of the week is the State of the Union, and we’ll surely provide coverage of the security ramifications thereof. Until then, here are some other things happening around Washington, D.C. Full story
January 16, 2015
“American Sniper” is getting Oscar love and some scrutiny. Here at Five By Five this week, we scrutinized all the subjects in the headline and more. Let’s review what we wrote about, and what slipped through the cracks. Full story
January 13, 2015
From the Sony hack to the @centcom hack, it’s been a newsy period for cyber attacks. On Monday, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, called for the development of U.S. cyber offense rules. It’s an area where there’s been much thought, little action. Full story
January 12, 2015
There were a fair number of panicky headlines from privacy advocating types last week in response to the news that the Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, was being reintroduced. It should be pointed out that CISPA almost certainly won’t be back in the form it was last year, which its sponsor acknowledged in a conversation with yours truly. And it might not take a form likely to please privacy advocates more than before. Full story
January 7, 2015
The Navy’s top acquisition and R&D official on Wednesday outlined his needs, which included: no new acquisition regulations from Congress, and, in fact, fewer; more spending on cyber and electronic warfare and offensive surface warfare; and the end of the across-the-board cuts of sequestration (what Defense official doesn’t say that one in every speech?). Full story
December 29, 2014
December 19, 2014
If you look carefully, you can see Gen. Ray Odierno and other national security/foreign policy figures joining in on a farewell “We’ll Meet Again” song for the Colbert Report. We’ll bid you our own farewell for the week with a recap of what we wrote about at Five By Five, and some highlights from elsewhere, too. Full story
December 18, 2014
Riffing on the news over Sony pulling “The Interview” following a big cyber hack and threatened attack, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Thursday that Congress must “finally pass long-overdue comprehensive cybersecurity legislation.”
Flashback to 2012: McCain was perhaps the most vocal opponent of a comprehensive cybersecurity bill that advanced in the Senate. Full story
December 15, 2014
It’s been an exceptionally hectic stretch run for Congress. For such an unproductive 113th session, a great deal has sped up as the finish line nears, likely this week. Here’s a rundown of what’s happened on the national security and foreign policy fronts, and some of what still hasn’t happened, with links to CQ.com ($) stories. Full story