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The website published a number of stories this week including pieces about a new CIO at VA and Japanese and Russian relations.
Stephen Warren has been promoted to CIO at the Department of Veterans Affairs on a full-time basis and executive-in-charge for the VA’s agency’s information technology office.
Warren has reached the 210 days limit for serving in the assistant secretary role on a temporary basis without being confirmed by the Senate.
The VA could backfill his position as deputy assistant secretary for the IT office and principal deputy CIO.
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Japanese and Russian foreign and defense officials met Saturday to discuss strengthening bilateral cooperation amid regional security concerns in the Asia Pacific.
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told a press conference Saturday the talks could also advance negotiations toward a peace treaty between the nations.
“To boost cooperation in the field of security, and not just in the field of economic and people exchanges, means that we are improving overall Japan-Russia ties,” Kishida said at a news conference.
The two countries have also agreed to hold naval exercises to deepen cooperation in regional security and diplomatic forums but the Russians are still weary of Japan’s involvement in the U.S.’ missile defense system.
“We openly communicated that we are concerned about Japan’s participation in the United States’ global missile defense system,” Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.
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