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SOCOM prioritizes encryption

The commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is focused on improving the encryption of his organization's communications. Commander Gen. Richard Clarke said during a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday that SOCOM needs "encrypted communications and electronic warfare capabilities so that our forces…reduce the probability of them to be targeted." He continued: “I personally changed our modernization priorities and restructured our funding to modernize those capabilities." Jackson Barnett has more.

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Fighting COVID-19 relief fraud with data

The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) — which is tasked with overseeing emergency pandemic spending — is developing a center of excellence that uses data analytics to combat COVID-19 relief fraud. “In order to fulfill the PRAC’s mission we need better technological tools for IGs and our oversight partners, including the use of advanced data analytics,” PRAC Chair Michael Horowitz, IG of the Department of Justice, said during a congressional hearing. The Pandemic Analytics Center of Excellence will provide the federal inspectors general (IG) community with fraud-fighting tools allowing them to share data analytics and practices to assist with their audit and investigative work. More from Dave Nyczepir.

Nakasone talks SolarWinds

National Security Agency Director Gen. Paul Nakasone addressed the elephant in the room on Thursday during testimony on Capitol Hill: How could the U.S. government have missed SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange Server hacking until after the malicious activity was already well underway? "It's not the fact that we can't connect the dots – we can't see all the dots," Nakasone said, acknowledging that the U.S. government, including the NSA, does not have a view into foreign hacking campaigns when they exploit domestic internet infrastructure. "We have a difficulty as a government understanding the totality of the actual intrusion." Read more on CyberScoop.

DDS 2.0

A lot has changed for the Pentagon's digital services team since its founding in 2015. In interviews, the leaders of the Defense Digital Service detailed the evolution of the team over the past two years and how they've arrived at a sweet spot for the types of projects DDS takes on. Today, DDS exists as more of a digital first-response force, often working hand-in-hand with service members on the operations side when the department faces a “fire” that requires tech help — these days, pretty much any major challenge in the national security space. Billy Mitchell talked to DDS.

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