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Secretary Cascos reminds voters of Feb. 1 Registration Deadline

Today, Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos reminded Texans that February 1 is the deadline to register in time for the March 1 Primary Election.
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Ukrainian Forces Make Some Gains in North, South

Ukrainian forces in the north saw some gains in territory recaptured, including areas near Kharkiv, a senior Defense Department official said.
(Originally posted by DAVID VERGUN)
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After Dobbs Decision, DOD Provides Q&A Resource

The Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness published a Q&A with answers to questions around reproductive health care access — including leave and travel, sexual assault, contraceptives and other types of related assistance.
(Originally posted by Jim Garamone)
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Grievance Oversight Committee seeks input on attorney disciplinary system at September 16 meeting

The Grievance Oversight Committee is seeking public feedback regarding the Texas attorney disciplinary system.

The committee will meet on September 16 in Austin. If you have suggestions, observations, or other input regarding the attorney grievance system and are interested in scheduling a time to meet with the committee during its September 16 meeting, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Texas Supreme Court has charged the committee with reviewing the Texas attorney disciplinary system and reporting its observations and recommendations to the court. The committee is not a part of the attorney disciplinary process and cannot accept, consider, resolve, or interfere with any grievances or individual complaints involving attorney-client issues.

To learn more about the committee, visit www.txgoc.com.

Original author: Staff
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CHIPS Act Advances DOD's Emphasis on Microelectronics

The CHIPS Act provides both investment and incentive funding to build semiconductor manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and to advance research and development activities at both the national and regional levels.
(Originally posted by C. Todd Lopez)
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Austin's Visit to Latvia Underscores U.S. Commitment

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III told Latvian leaders the United States will enhance its presence in the NATO front-line states and assured them that includes their country.
(Originally posted by Jim Garamone)
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Austin, Latvian Leaders Aim for Stronger Alliance

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III reaffirmed the United States' "ironclad" commitment to defend NATO allies and told Latvian officials that U.S. troops will continue a robust presence in their country. 
(Originally posted by Jim Garamone)
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Austin Visits U.S. Troops, Meets With Leaders in Latvia

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III visited some of the 600 U.S. troops in Latvia and met with Latvian leaders to discuss ways to ensure the defense of an important NATO ally and to beef up deterrence against neighboring Russia. 
(Originally posted by Jim Garamone)
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Information Enterprise Modernization Is an Important DOD Priority, Official Says

Cloud adoption, software modernization, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity are paramount to all Defense Department missions, the acting deputy chief information officer for the Information Enterprise said.
(Originally posted by DAVID VERGUN)
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DLA, Forest Service Work Together to Prep Firefighters for Busy Season

Wildland fires in California, Alaska and Oregon, combined with record-high temperatures and a dry summer, add up to the daunting task of disaster control. 
(Originally posted by Nancy Beneki)
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Deputy Defense Secretary Announces New Defense Business Board Members

The Defense Business Board provides the secretary of defense and deputy defense secretary with outside private sector perspectives and lessons learned on business management, culture, principles and practices not otherwise available to the secretary from within DOD. 
(Originally posted by DoD News)
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Federal Hiring Summit Offers Career Resources for Transitioning Service Members, Spouses 

Commander Navy Installation Command Headquarters, Fleet and Family Support Center is hosting a federal hiring summit Aug. 15-18.
(Originally posted by David Vergun)
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Langley Succeeds Townsend as Africa Command Commander

U.S. Africa Command is a small combatant command with a large mission that they are doing deftly, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said during a change of command ceremony in Stuttgart, Germany. 
(Originally posted by Jim Garamone)
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Defense Official Discusses New U.S. Sub-Saharan Strategy

The importance of partners is at the heart of a new sub-Saharan strategy for Africa, which is a profound shift for U.S. efforts in the region and looks to restructure U.S. foreign policy to be more aligned with African mutual interests. 
(Originally posted by Jim Garamone)
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$1 Billion Support Package for Ukraine, Largest Yet

The Defense Department released the contents of the latest security assistance package to Ukraine, which includes additional ammunition for both the high mobility artillery rocket and howitzer systems.
(Originally posted by C. TODD LOPEZ)
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'It's Gotten Overcomplicated': Covington's Rani Gupta Says Courts Might Be Jumping to Incorrect Scientific Conclusions in COVID-19 Business Interruption Cases

Covington & Burling partner Rani Gupta Gupta discusses how insurance recovery litigators are pushing back against courts' assertions that COVID-19 does not result in property damage losses.

     
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No A.I. Allowed: Named Inventors Must Be Persons, Federal Circuit Rules

Friday's decision likely ends a high-profile legal debate over whether the Patent Office can broaden the definition of "inventor" to accommodate creative machines.

     
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Plaintiffs Attorneys Seek Additional Sanctions Against Google in Data Privacy Case Over 'Incognito' Searches

Attorneys from Boies Schiller Flexner, Susman Godfrey and Morgan & Morgan are asking a federal judge to order additional sanctions against Google in a case where the tech company, represented by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, already had to pay nearly $1 million in attorney fees and costs for discovery-related sanctions.

     
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DOD Committed to Reducing Risk of Nuclear War, Says Official

Despite challenges in the current security environment, the United States will continue to pursue engagement with other nuclear-armed states where possible to reduce nuclear risks, the undersecretary of defense for policy said.
(Originally posted by David Vergun)
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Steve Bannon Claims Judge's Pretrial Ruling Prevented Fair Trial

Bannon's lawyers are asking the judge to dismiss the contempt case after he was convicted, because Bannon was not allowed to call members of Congress as witnesses at his trial.

     
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