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KENNEDY INTROS BILL TO CREATE RUSSIAN RESPONSE CENTER

Jun 15, 2017
Press Release
Legislation would enhance communication across intelligence community

Washington, D.C. – In response to reports that Russian hackers attacked voting systems in 39 states, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today introduced a bill to create a National Russian Threat Response Center. The Center would be responsible for synchronizing and analyzing information pertaining to continued Russian aggression across the intelligence community and among international allies.
 
“Russia’s attack on our election was not guided by party affiliation but instead by a deep desire to weaken trust in our institutions and shake the very foundation of our democracy. Without a strong, coordinated response from our government, adversarial assaults on our electoral system, economy and national security will only become more sophisticated and sustained in the coming years. By uniting our agencies and our allies against this common threat, our Response Center will ensure our government is ready and willing to respond to any future meddling before it takes root.”
 
Modeled after the National Counterterrorism Center, the Russian Response Center would include representatives from the Departments of State, Defense, Justice, Homeland Security and Treasury, as well as the Central Intelligence Agency. It would be housed within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and would coordinate with the Global Engagement Center.
 
To read a one-pager description of the bill, please click here.
 
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For Immediate Release:
June 15, 2017
 
Contact:
Emily Kaufman (617) 332-3333
Dan Black (202) 225-5931

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