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Robert DuPree

Robert DuPree

Robert DuPree is manager of government affairs at Telos Corporation, a position he has held since 2008. He is responsible for monitoring, analyzing and reporting on legislative and political developments in the U.S. Congress and the executive branch that might impact Telos operations and future planning, particularly with respect to the federal budget, appropriations process, national defense and cybersecurity. He serves as a liaison for Telos Corporation with public officials at the congressional and state levels.

Prior to joining Telos, Robert worked in Washington, D.C., for over two decades, serving as legislative director for a senior member of the U.S. House of Representatives and then as a government relations professional and senior executive with a national manufacturing trade association.

He also spent thirteen years as a local government official, serving on the Loudoun County (Va.) Planning Commission and the Loudoun County School Board, and was chosen by his peers to chair both bodies. Robert is a graduate of the University of Virginia, and has been a resident of Ashburn for over 25 years.

Cybersecurity Week in Review

Robert DuPree
December 7, 2018

This week’s cybersecurity news in review has coverage on some NIST initiatives regarding IoT and first responder device cybersecurity, Justice Dept. interest in bypassing communication device encryption for investigations, GSA’s push to acquire email security tools for all its domains, and a new OMB program to retrain federal workers without cyber backgrounds to be cyber employees.

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The Shutdown Ends, But Elected Leaders Shouldn’t Expect Applause

Robert DuPree
January 30, 2018

Congress may have ended the brief government shutdown after three days, but nobody in government should be expecting applause.  This doesn’t even warrant a “golf clap.” That’s because passing another CR is what I call the “BME” – bare minimal effort.

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Sustained Commitment to IT Modernization Will Realize Security Benefits, Savings

Robert DuPree
November 6, 2017

The federal government is on the precipice of a huge move, as they strive to cut the cord to outdated legacy IT systems and embrace the cloud — a move far too important to be delayed due to inadequate funding.

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Trump Gives Green Light on Federal IT Modernization

Robert DuPree
April 13, 2017

According to the White House, President Trump said at a meeting April 11 with business leaders that his Administration plans a “massive program to modernize” government computer systems.  Citing the high cost of simply maintaining current systems, the President indicated it would be better for the taxpayers to buy entirely

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LPTA Reform – A Welcome Change in DoD’s Cyber Security Acquisition

Robert DuPree
January 12, 2017

To protect our national interests, cyber security contracts need to be awarded based on quality or value, not price. LPTA is a welcome change.

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White House Proposals Don’t Address Most Critical Cybersecurity Needs

Robert DuPree
January 22, 2015

But Congress Won’t Act, Either

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One Thing Federal Contractors (and Others) Should Demand This Election Year

Robert DuPree
February 17, 2014

Over the past three years, I have watched an unbelievably dysfunctional Washington (Congress and the Administration) fail to put aside political grudges and find a way to work together, forge consensus and compromise, and perform their most basic …

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A Lesson from Winston Churchill on Cybersecurity Critical Infrastructure

Robert DuPree
May 6, 2013

Let’s not make Churchill’s fears about inaction become prophetic with respect to America’s critical infrastructure and the ever-increasing cyber threats we face.

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All Take, No Give on Cybersecurity Legislation

Robert DuPree
August 7, 2012

In March, I said there was a chance to enact a comprehensive cybersecurity bill in 2012, but it would require more give and take from members of the House and Senate. Regrettably, the opposite has happened in both chambers. Looking back six months or so, what give and take should have happened for effective cybersecurity legislation to have been enacted? In hindsight, three things come immediately to

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Cybersecurity Legislation Should Be Debated, Voted On and Decided, Not Obstructed

Robert DuPree
March 5, 2012

Telos’ Government Affairs Manager, Robert DuPree, recaps the progression of cybersecurity legislation over the last year.

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