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NORAD, Northern Command To Run New Joint Cyber Center

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has authorized the creation of a cyber center run by the North American Aerospace Defense Command and Northern Command. The Joint Cyber Center should reach full operational status in 10 months, according to a NORAD release. Air Force Col. Bob Wright, head of the JCC, and …

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EPA Awards Small Business Tech R&D Funds; April Richards Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $2 million to 25 companies for research and development initiatives, the agency announced Tuesday. Awardees submitted research proposals for monitoring and treating water, building green, reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution monitoring, among other areas. EPA said this is the first phase of the Small …

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David Turetsky Named FCC Public Safety Bureau Head

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has appointed David Turetsky to lead the agency’s public safety and homeland security bureau, the FCC announced Monday. Turetsky will take office after Memorial Day and David Furth, the bureau’s current acting chief, will resume his role as deputy bureau chief. Prior to joining …

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James Stavridis Says Cyber A Societal, Security Challenge

Cyber threats have emerged as a major concern since preparation for impending attacks is not at pace with society’s dependence on cyberspace, Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis told American Forces Press Service. He serves as head of U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe. Stavridis said many networks …

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Report: US Special Ops Seeking Global Anti-Terror Net

The U.S. Special Operations Command wants to establish a network that could link special operations forces around the globe to combat terrorism, Barbara Opall-Rome writes for Defense News. SOCOM Commander Adm. Bill McRaven and Deputy Operations Director Brig. Gen. Sean Mulholland announced the planned network at a May 7 conference, according …

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NASA Launches First Commercial Spacecraft

The first commercially-built spacecraft that NASA will use to taxi supplies to the International Space Station launched on Tuesday. NASA said the launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft is the second demonstration mission for the space agency’s commercial orbital transportation services program. Administrator Charles Bolden said in a …

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Navy Lowers NGEN Cost Projections; Shawn Hendricks Comments

The U.S. Navy has reduced the projected $10 billion cost for its Next Generation Enterprise Network contract to between $4.5 and $5.4 billion over five years, Bob Brewin reports on Nextgov. Capt. Shawn Hendricks, NGEN program manager, told reporters on Friday the network will cost between $900 million and $1.07 …

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OMB Wants Evidence-Based Budget Requests From Agencies

The Office of Management and Budget wants federal agencies to submit evidence when proposing fiscal year 2014 budgets, Federal Computer Week reports. Agencies will have to submit evaluations of their various programs to demonstrate performance, which will in turn determine where funds are allocated. An OMB memo issued Friday indicates …

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