Raytheon CEO Thomas Kennedy Details How to Build Cybersecurity Culture | ExecutiveBiz

Raytheon CEO Thomas Kennedy, a 2019 Wash100 winner, said company leaders should leverage new cybersecurity tools, invest in talent and promote employee education to build a cyber-safe workspace amid the growing threats targeting the U.S. industry, Chief Executive reported Tuesday.

“CEOs must be the ones setting the tone at the top that cyber securing the enterprise is a top priority,” he told the publication. “They need to support it with investments, getting the right IT and operations talent in place and empowering managers to implement effective systems, processes and plans.”

Kennedy suggested that industry heads take advantage of new technologies to apply automation, cloud computing and networked products and services into their operations.

Source: Raytheon CEO Thomas Kennedy Details How to Build Cybersecurity Culture | ExecutiveBiz

Lockheed Unveils Software-Defined Satellite Tech for Changing Missions | ExecutiveBiz

Lockheed Martin has introduced a software-defined space technology designed to allow small satellites to alter their missions in orbit.

The company said Wednesday it will integrate the SmartSat satellite architecture into its Pony Express and Linus nanosats, which are scheduled to launch in 2019 on the first LM 50 nanosatellite bus.

“SmartSat is a major step forward in our journey to completely transform the way we design, build and deliver satellites,” said Rick Ambrose, executive vice president of Lockheed’s space business and a 2019 Wash100 winner.

Source: Lockheed Unveils Software-Defined Satellite Tech for Changing Missions; Rick Ambrose Quoted | ExecutiveBiz

Northrop Lands Spot on $982M Army Cyber, Electronic Warfare Support IDIQ | GovCon Wire

Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has secured a spot on the U.S. Army’s potential $982M R4 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for cyber and electronic warfare capabilities.

The service will use the R4 IDIQ contract to support cyber electromagnetic activities needed to build up the force’s lethality in non-kinetic combat engagements, Northrop said Wednesday.

Source: Northrop Lands Spot on $982M Army Cyber, Electronic Warfare Support IDIQ – GovCon Wire

Boeing Names Marc Allen, Michael Arthur, John Slattery to New Leadership Roles | GovCon Wire

Boeing (NYSE: BA) has appointed three executives to new leadership roles as part of efforts to build up the company’s partnerships and presence worldwide.

Marc Allen, president of Boeing International, will transition to the role of senior vice president at Boeing and president of Embraer partnership and group operations, the Chicago-based aerospace company said Wednesday.

He will report to Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg and oversee the integration into the company of multiple Embraer group operations as part of a strategic partnership between the two firms.

Source: Boeing Names Marc Allen, Michael Arthur, John Slattery to New Leadership Roles – GovCon Wire

Inside Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Unlikely Rise | Time


Every 10 minutes or so, someone knocks on the big wooden door of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s office on Capitol Hill. The noise makes staffers stiffen.

It’s almost always a harmless fan, one of dozens who arrive each day, leaving neon-colored Post-it notes as devotional offerings. But in her first three months in Congress, aides say, enough people have threatened to murder Ocasio-Cortez that Capitol Police trained her staff to perform risk assessments of her visitors.

This is the daily reality for America’s newest human Rorschach test.

Source: Inside Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Unlikely Rise | Time

EU leaders to discuss stronger shield against Chinese influence | Reuters


The European Union will weigh a more defensive strategy on China on Thursday, signalling a possible end to the unfettered access Chinese business has enjoyed in Europe but which Beijing has failed to reciprocate.

Caught between a new U.S.-Chinese rivalry for economic and military power, EU leaders will try to find an elusive middle path during a summit dinner in Brussels, the first time they have discussed at the highest level how to deal with Beijing.

Source: EU leaders to discuss stronger shield against Chinese influence | Reuters

Italy rattles US and EU with likely support for China’s Belt and Road | The Guardian


Italy has signalled its determination to play a central role in China’s grand plan to build a Silk Road-styled global trade network, despite rattling its EU and US allies with its plan.

The country’s populist government is poised to endorse its participation in Beijing’s $1tn Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a global trade project aimed at connecting Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe via a network of ports, railways, tunnels and other infrastructure, by signing a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) during the Chinese president Xi Jinping’s visit to Italy this week.’

Italy, which would become the first G7 country to back the initiative, hopes it will revive its sluggish economy and help open up greater access to China’s lucrative market.

Source: Italy rattles US and EU with likely support for China’s Belt and Road | World news | The Guardian

U.S. whiskey exports dry up as tariffs bite | Reuters


American whiskey exports slumped in the second half of 2018, taking a blow from higher duties by the country’s trading partners following President Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, an industry group said on Thursday.

Canada, China, Mexico and the European Union slapped import duties ranging from 10 percent to 25 percent on U.S whiskey and bourbon last year, resulting in a 11 percent drop in U.S. whiskey exports in the second half, according to a report from the Distilled Spirits Council.

Source: U.S. whiskey exports dry up as tariffs bite | Reuters

Solar and wind firms call the ‘Green New Deal’ too extreme | Reuters

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U.S. solar and wind power companies may have the most to gain from the Green New Deal, an ambitious proposal backed by several Democratic presidential candidates to end U.S. fossil fuel consumption within a decade.

But do not expect the renewable energy firms to endorse it.

Representatives of America’s clean energy companies are withholding their support for the climate-fighting plan, calling it unrealistic and too politically divisive for an industry keen to grow in both red and blue states.

Source: Solar and wind firms call the ‘Green New Deal’ too extreme | Reuters

Venezuela’s Guaido says intelligence agents detained his chief of staff | Reuters


Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Thursday intelligence agents had detained his chief of staff following a pre-dawn raid, signaling that President Nicolas Maduro may be cracking down on the opposition’s challenge to his rule.

Source: Venezuela’s Guaido says intelligence agents detained his chief of staff | Reuters