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DOD and State Have Processes for Formal and...

The Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of State (State) have similar processes for formal challenges to the classification of information. For example, if there is reason to believe…

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Cybersecurity in SATCOM

In March of 2020, what had been a nice-to-have for streaming video and shopping online became essential as millions of people converted to a work-from-home model almost overnight. The COVID-19…

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A Hard Look At Hard Power

In a world where the United States faces two major revisionist powers—Russia and China—and additional security threats from Iran, North Korea, and jihadist terrorists, a critical edge for the United…

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The Future of Weapons of Mass Destruction

The emergence of more capable and assertive great power rivals coupled with a United States that is more focused on its parochial interests than perhaps at any time since World…

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DHS Has Made Limited Progress Implementing the...

The Department of Homeland Security has not yet strengthened its cybersecurity posture by implementing a Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program. DHS spent more than $180 million between 2013 and…

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Preliminary Assessment: Unidentified Aerial...

The limited amount of high-quality reporting on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) hampers our ability to draw firm conclusions about the nature or intent of UAP. The Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task…

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Defense Logistics Agency Needs to Address Risk...

GAO selected six systems that the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) officials deemed critical to inventory management operations. GAO reviewed documents, analyzed data, and interviewed officials to determine whether DLA fully…

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DHS Needs to Fully Implement Key Practices in...

DHS currently uses an outdated system, implemented over 27 years ago, for providing biometric identity management services (i.e., fingerprint matching and facial recognition technology services), known as the Automated Biometric…

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Army Should Ensure New System Operates in All...

GCSS–Army is a single, web-based system that, once fully implemented, is expected to be used to manage $216 billion in assets annually. This logistics information management system replaces several older…

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DOD Operations Need Enhanced Leadership and...

U.S. potential adversaries—including near-peer competitors Russia and China—are using information to achieve objectives below the threshold of armed conflict. DOD can use information operations to counter these activities. At its…

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DOD is Developing Positioning, Navigation, and...

The Department of Defense (DOD) plans to keep the Global Positioning System (GPS) at the core of its positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution, using other PNT technology to complement…

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Strategic Intelligence Assessment and Data on...

Preventing terrorist attacks remains a top priority for both the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The threat posed by international and domestic threat actors has evolved significantly…

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Functions of the Department of Defense and Its...

Since its initial formal issuance in 1954, Department of Defense Directive (DoDD) 5100.01, “Functions of the Department of Defense and Its Major Components” has undergone both minor and substantial revisions…

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DOD and DOE Face Challenges Mitigating Risks to...

Three kinds of systems that can launch nuclear weapons make up the U.S. nuclear triad: Nuclear-capable heavy bombers (known as the “air leg”) Intercontinental ballistic missiles or ICBMs (“ground leg”)…

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Joint All-Domain Command and Control

Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) is the Department of Defense’s (DOD’s) concept to connect sensors from all of the military services—Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Space Force—into…

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