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Russia's info war is having mixed results. A Senate panel throws money at Cyber Command programs. And the federal CIO talks about the Technology Modernization Fund. This is CyberScoop for June 17. (Note: There will be no newsletter Monday, June 20.)

Russian information war is less successful than expected

Russia is intensifying its targeting of Ukrainian telecom infrastructure, according to Victor Zhora, a senior cyber official there. Experts called the information war surprisingly ineffective in part because of the impact Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites have played in allowing Ukrainians to access internet outside of the Russian network. But Andrei Soldatov, a Russian investigative journalist who is an expert on SOR — a Russian surveillance network embedded in its internet infrastructure — said that spying on Ukrainians is partially fueling Russia’s interest in taking over Ukrainian networks. On Thursday The Moscow Times reported that Russia has taken over a large number of pre-existing Ukrainian internet lines, the latest in a string of moves signaling Russia wants to control the internet throughout occupied Ukraine. Suzanne Smalley has more.

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SASC bill authorizes budget boost for several Cyber Command initiatives

The Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of the annual defense policy bill would authorize plus-ups in funding for several U.S. Cyber Command programs and concepts. The committee approved its version of the fiscal 2023 National Defense Authorization Act on Thursday morning behind closed doors and released a summary of the bill. The legislation will now go to the Senate floor for consideration. The committee authorized an increase of $44 million to support so-called hunt-forward operations. The bill would also authorize an increase of $56.4 million in funding for the Joint Cyber Warfighting Architecture development. Mark Pomerleau has it covered at FedScoop.

Federal CIO says every project TMF needs to have ‘clear, measurable impact’

Every federal IT project supported by the Technology Modernization Fund must have a clearly defined impact and provide a level of customer service comparable with that found in high-quality private sector services, according to the federal CIO. Speaking with FedScoop Thursday, Clare Martorana emphasized that the General Services Administration-housed fund has taken steps to increase the use of funding milestones and that it also aspires to introduce trust measures for finished projects. “One of the other things I think we have improved over the years the TMF has been in place is focusing on project outcomes,” she said. “Every project needs to have clear, measurable impact on customers and agencies. We need to reduce the burden for the public and agency workforces … that time tax you’ve heard us talk about previously.” John Hewitt Jones reports.

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