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Federal News Radio Column: Cyber inaction may be our Achilles' heel

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By Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) Special to Federal News Radio Original column can be found here. The nature of national security challenges is constantly changing. Over the centuries, our weapons have become more advanced, the strategies we use more complex and the battlefields on which we fight more varied. However, there has been no place where that evolution has been more rapid over the last d... Read more »

The Hill: Failure to act on cybersecurity puts nation at risk

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At a time when the House, Senate, and White House have been unable to come to agreement on a host of issues, the bipartisan consensus on the need to act on cybersecurity has offered some hope for action. The inability of the Senate to proceed to debate the various proposals is thus particularly disappointing. But there is a possible path forward. In April, the House passed four cybersecurity bills... Read more »

Thornberry: Senate must take action on cybersecurity legislation

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Comment from Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Cyber Security Task Force and Vice Chairman of the House Armed Service Committee: "I am disappointed that the Senate is not able to proceed on a cyber bill and am concerned that the Senate inaction may signal to others that we are incapable of taking steps toward improving our nation's cybersecurity. Our vulnerability is not a function of o... Read more »

Thornberry warns residents about criminals posing as federal agents

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Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) is warning 13th district residents that criminals posing as Special Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) or other law enforcement agencies are extorting money from the public. “We became aware of this scam when a constituent turned to our office for help,” said Rep. Thornberry. “People should be are aware of this scheme before they become v... Read more »

Thornberry praises passage of annual defense bill

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Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-TX), the Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement praising House passage of the FY13 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4310): "This is a strong, bipartisan bill that supports our troops and their missions. At the same time, it also recognizes the realities of our financial situation and includes provisions that seek to... Read more »

Funding for Projects at Pantex, Bell Helicopter in Defense Bill

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Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon), the Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today announced that the Committee approved the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (H.R. 4310) by a vote of 56 to 5. The bill authorizes $642 billion in total spending for the Department of Defense and the national security programs of the Department of Energy, including funding ... Read more »

Annual defense bill headed for the House floor

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Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon), the Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today announced that the committee approved the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (H.R. 4310) by a vote of 56 to 5. The bill authorizes $642 billion in total spending for the Department of Defense and the national security programs of the Department of Energy. It includes fundin... Read more »

House passes bills to improve nation's cybersecurity

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In an effort to begin addressing the nation’s cybersecurity vulnerabilities, the U.S. House of Representatives today passed a number of bills to help protect private and public computer networks. Passage of the bills follows nearly a year of work on the issue in the House, led in part by area Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon). “Together, these bills begin to close the expanding gap between ... Read more »

Thornberry receives national honor for policy work

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U.S. Representative Mac Thornberry (R-TX) has received a national award for his work in cybersecurity. Yesterday, The RSA Conference, which is the world’s leading information security conference and exposition, announced that Thornberry was being honored with its “Excellence in the Field of Public Policy Award.” The recognition comes as part of the organization’s 15th annual awards program that ho... Read more »

Thornberry hopeful about prospects for cyber legislation

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U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry, the leader of the House Cybersecurity Task Force, made the following comments about the Senate introduction of the "Cybersecurity Act of 2012" (S. 2105) authored by Senators Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Ca.: “It is clear that there is widespread agreement on the scope and seriousness of the cyber... Read more »