Hurd on the Hill Columns
After serving in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for nine years, I left a job I loved and was good at to meet what I believed to be a need for new leadership in Congress on intelligence and national security matters. I wanted to help the Intelligence Community by bringing my knowledge and experience from working in the CIA to the halls of Congress.
Cybersecurity affects our everyday lives – including everything from virtual learning and working from home to managing election security. As a graduate of Texas A&M University in Computer Science, a former cybersecurity entrepreneur and former Chair of the House IT Subcommittee, one of my highest policy priorities in Congress has been to defend our digital infrastructure.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to transform the way we work, learn, live and defend the nation, but our leadership in this technology remains uncertain.
As our nation continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and political unrest, we still have a broader global threat to be concerned about: The Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
With political conventions wrapping up, it’s important for American voters to understand our national security is at stake. The presidential candidate who wins the November 3rd election must recognize and respond to a rapidly changing national security landscape set to affect not just our American Economy, but the entire world for well into the next century.
To fully understand American history, we have to understand all our history, which must include the contribution of the American Latino.
Up until I was 20 years old, the only thing that came to my mind when I thought of nature was a painful jellyfish sting I received as a kid during my family’s only summer vacation. It was our first time heading to the beach. Needless to say, I stayed away from the ocean for some time after that experience.
Many of us are learning to adapt to our new normal during this pandemic, including Congress. Unfortunately, the appropriations process doesn’t get talked about nearly enough because it’s not an exciting topic, however, it’s one of the main reasons constituents put us in office. I flew into DC last week and since then have been heads down ensuring we are doing our best with your tax dollars.
From San Antonio to Del Rio, from Marfa to El Paso and many places in between, our communities have shown the outrage we feel about another black man dying in police custody.
As the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread from outside our borders into the contiguous United States, there was a lot of uncertainty about the characteristics of the virus. After studying trends from other countries who were largely hit with the virus before we were, it was clear that, like many other viral diseases, COVID-19 disproportionately affects our senior citizens.