The NDAA created new programs for combating white supremacy and domestic terrorism, but it omits two important proposals included in earlier versions of the bill. The Biden administration should consider adopting both into its security strategy.
Steve Stransky is a partner and the vice chair of the Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group at Thompson Hine LLP. He previously served as a deputy legal adviser at the National Security Council and as an attorney-advisor for intelligence law at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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