Change-of-Command Ceremony to Mark Cybercom’s Elevation to Combatant Command

Paul Nakasone, formerly commander of the Army Cyber Command, on Friday will officially become head of the U.S. Cyber Command during a change-of-command ceremony that will mark the transition of Cybercom into a combatant command, DoD News reported Thursday.

Source: Change-of-Command Ceremony to Mark Cybercom’s Elevation to Combatant Command

China Ramps Up Navy to Challenge U.S. Dominance


As part of its ambitious strategy to evolve into a leading global power by 2050, China has spent considerable resources upgrading its naval capabilities.

Through such undertakings, China has significantly enhanced its force projection in East Asia, where it has staked claim to disputed islands and waters as a means of expanding its sovereignty and procuring additional resources.

China’s emphasis on upgrading its navy represents a worrying trend for the U.S. and its regional allies, as it threatens their territorial integrity and may ultimately enable China to challenge U.S. naval supremacy in the region.

Source: Best Of: China Ramps Up Navy to Challenge U.S. Dominance

California Defends More Than Climate With EPA Lawsuit | US News


Since 1970, California has enjoyed authority from Congress to implement its own, tighter vehicle emissions standards, which more than a dozen other states also follow. Vehicle emissions last year ranked the greatest source of heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S.

The Environmental Protection Agency under President Donald Trump, however, reportedly plans to take aim at that authority. A document leaked last month outlined not only EPA’s proposal to ease emissions standards implemented by the Obama administration, but also its intention to undercut California’s waiver authority.

It’s an issue that’s separate from but potentially related to California’s lawsuit Tuesday.

Source: California Defends More Than Climate With EPA Lawsuit | National News | US News

African-Americans Lag Behind Whites in Equality Index | US News


One of the most jarring and painful numbers in America’s history on race relations is three-fifths. That, according to the U.S. Constitution written in 1789, was how African-American slaves were counted – as three-fifths of a person – determining population for the purpose of calculating states’ representation in Congress.

More than two centuries after the Constitution was penned, a century and a half since the 14th Amendment undid the so-called “three fifths compromise,” and 50 years since the height of the modern civil rights movement, African-Americans still fall short when it comes to equality, according to a sweeping report by the Urban League.

To put a number on it, African-Americans are at 72.5 percent – less than three-fourths – when it comes to achieving equality with white Americans, according to the study, which addressed economics, health, education, civic engagement and social justice.

Source: African-Americans Lag Behind Whites in Equality Index | The Report | US News

Rudy Giuliani sets off a firestorm | TheHill


Much of the coverage was also directed at Giuliani’s explanation for Trump firing former FBI director James Comey.

Giuliani said Trump was upset that Comey would not state publicly that Trump was not a target of the Russian election interference investigation. The media pounced on the statements as conflicting with Trump’s past position and even as being proof of obstruction.

It is not. Indeed, it may be the only aspect of Giuliani’s interview that was beneficial to Trump.

Source: Rudy Giuliani sets off a firestorm | TheHill

White House struggles with fallout over $130,000 payment | TheHill


The statement was designed to reduce Trump’s legal exposure to possible campaign finance charges. But it also contradicted the president’s previous claim he had no knowledge of the payment, renewing questions about the White House’s commitment to honesty.

The developments took many in the West Wing by surprise.

Source: White House struggles with fallout over $130,000 payment | TheHill

Mueller requests 70 blank subpoenas in Manafort case | TheHill


Special counsel Robert Mueller is requesting 70 blank subpoenas ahead of the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

A spokesman for the special counsel confirmed to The Hill that the filing is an additional set of requests, after prosecutors previously requested 35 sets of blank subpoenas for the trial.

Source: Mueller requests 70 blank subpoenas in Manafort case | TheHill

‘Were you lying?’ Sanders faces new credibility questions


“Again, I gave you the best information that I had,” Sanders said over and over again Thursday in response to questions about why the White House failed to disclose that Trump had reimbursed his longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, for the $130,000 payment to keep Stormy Daniels quiet.

“Were you lying to us at the time? Or were you in the dark?” one reporter asked.

It was an awkward position for Sanders, who is tasked with speaking on behalf of the American president. It also highlighted the difficulty the White House communications office has had in navigating an unpredictable and free-wheeling president.

Source: ‘Were you lying?’ Sanders faces new credibility questions

GDPR and the compliance conundrum | FCW


An unexpected consequence of GDPR, however, is that it has many businesses second-guessing cloud computing. Concerns primarily stem from a misconception that cloud platforms, with data held by third parties on shared systems, will be a more difficult undertaking than traditional in-house systems and potentially less secure.

But the truth is very different.

Public cloud services can be extremely secure and often can be a safer option than in-house systems.

So, what exactly is behind this misconception and why should businesses be trusting public cloud services with their compliance needs?

Source: GDPR and the compliance conundrum — FCW

IRS closes in on industry-based fraud squad | FCW


Information sharing groups known as ISACs (Information Sharing and Analysis Center) currently exist in many critical infrastructure fields, including energy, IT, transportation, shipping, emergency management, aviation and the automotive and defense industries.

The RFI notes that hundreds of millions of taxpayers have had their sensitive data exposed in public and private sector data breaches over the past few years.

Source: IRS closes in on industry-based fraud squad — FCW