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President Barack Obama gestures while giving his State of the Union address.

President Barack Obama gestures while giving his State of the Union address. // Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP


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During the most-tweeted address in history, Nextgov staff members were livetweeting the speech. Technology policy was emphasized during the State of the Union, with NASA star Bobak Ferdowsi as a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama. President Barack Obama devoted lengthy portions of the speech to science education, infrastructure, energy policy and cybersecurity.

Obama referenced his Tuesday signing of a new cybersecurity order as a highlight of his administration's policy:

That’s why, earlier today, I signed a new executive order that will strengthen our cyber defenses by increasing information sharing, and developing standards to protect our national security, our jobs, and our privacy. Now, Congress must act as well, by passing legislation to give our government a greater capacity to secure our networks and deter attacks.

Read Nextgov's real-time coverage of the speech below.

Ross Gianfortune

Prior to joining Government Executive’s staff, Ross Gianfortune worked at The Washington Post, The Gazette Newspapers, WXRT Radio and The Columbia Missourian. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from University of Missouri and a master's in communications from the American University.

Caitlin Fairchild

Caitlin Fairchild joined Government Executive in summer 2011 as an editorial fellow, after graduating from the College of William & Mary, where she spent four years writing for the student newspaper, The Flat Hat. In March 2012, she was hired full time as a web producer. She has completed internships at Washingtonian Magazine and at the public affairs office of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.


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