Officials say NASA facing increased targeting by foreign and domestic hackers

Top officials at NASA say the agency is facing increasing attempts by foreign hackers to target sensitive information as it works to improve its IT security during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“NASA has vast troves of intellectual information capital that it has spent decades amassing. I think country actors are after that information, the innovations that NASA is so famous for around the world,” agency Inspector General Paul Martin testified to a House Science, Space and Technology Committee subcommittee on Friday.

“There is everything from PII [personally identifiable information], contractual data on the systems, so there is a vast and wide array,” Martin said. “NASA has unfortunately been under attack from both domestic and foreign cyber criminals, and so it is just an ongoing, incredibly difficult issue to keep NASA’s defenses up.”

When pressed by members of the committee on which countries were involved, Martin acknowledged that China was among the

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Hailiang Education Group Inc. Acquires Jinhua Hailiang Foreign Language School

HANGZHOU, China, Sept. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Hailiang Education Group Inc. (Nasdaq: HLG) (“Hailiang Education”, the “Company” or “we”), an education and management services provider of primary, middle, and high schools in the PRC, today announced that the Company has signed a sponsorship transfer agreement (the “Agreement”) with its affiliate Hailiang Education Investment Group Co., Ltd. (“Hailiang Investment”) on July 15, 2020 to acquire Jinhua Hailiang Foreign Language School (“JHFL”) for a total consideration of RMB 34 million from Hailiang Investment. After obtaining the relevant administrative approval on September 16, 2020, Hailiang Education completed all the required process to obtain the sponsorship of JHFL from Hailiang Investment. Prior to this transaction, Hailiang Education provided operation management services to JHFL.

Hailiang Education Logo (PRNewsfoto/Hailiang Education Group Inc.)

Located in Jindong District, Jinhua City, Zhejiang Province, China, JHFL is a private non-profit school sponsored by Hailiang Investment in

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DVIDS – News – ERDC researchers participate in U.S. Army Foreign Technology (and Science) Assessment Support program


VICKSBURG, Miss. – Until engaging in conversation with colleagues while on temporary duty in the United Kingdom, Dr. Ahmad Tavakoly was not aware of the U.S. Army Foreign Technology (and Science) Assessment Support (FTAS) program. This summer, Tavakoly, a research civil engineer with the U.S. Army Engineer Research a Development Center’s (ERDC) Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL), and co-principal investigator Dr. Mark Wahl, also from CHL, completed the first ERDC project funded by the program.

FTAS creates opportunities for U.S. scientists and engineers to acquire and assess international technology. Researchers submit proposals, and the FTAS program provides the initial funds for subject-matter experts to perform technology assessments, basic research studies, as well as test and evaluation efforts of foreign research and technology that is deemed as unique, state-of-the-art, and has the potential to meet critical Army needs that are aligned with the Army’s modernization priorities for both the future

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Biden energy restrictions would mean 1M jobs lost, more foreign oil imports, trade group warns

Banning natural gas and oil development on public lands and waters would cost Americans approximately 1 million jobs by 2022 and force the U.S. to import significantly more foreign oil, a top oil and natural gas industry group claimed in a new analysis on Wednesday.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s climate plan includes “banning new oil and gas permitting on public lands and waters” in favor of renewables like wind power.

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Mike Sommers, the president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, said there is “far too much at stake” for a federal leasing ban.

“Banning federal leasing and development on federal lands and waters would derail decades of U.S. energy progress and return us to the days of relying on foreign energy sources hostile to American interests,” Sommers said in a statement.

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Book review of America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy by Robert B. Zoellick

This anachronistic modesty doesn’t, however, extend to the book’s aims. Zoellick wants to do more than entertain us with our past national glories. He seeks to reawaken a pragmatic tradition in U.S. diplomacy: realism leavened with, in his words, “the belief that the United States is an exceptional, ongoing experiment, both at home and in international relations, that should serve a larger purpose.”

Zoellick wants to buck the 2020 trend of offering Henry Kissinger, and his insistence on seeing the world as a dark place where leadership is the agile making of dark choices, as the model for our age. His critique is subtle, even anxious — he repeatedly gives the nonagenarian his due, and then some. Still, Zoellick wants to push Kissinger, and George Kennan along with him, ever so slightly aside in favor of a pragmatism that considers American ideals and then asks what is possible — a

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