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DHS, ARL Unveil Virtual Training Platform for First Responders to Active Shooter Incidents

The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate has collaborated with the Army Research Laboratory to deploy a new virtual training platform that works to help first responders coordinate their tactics for active shooter incidents. DHS said Monday the Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment is a free multiplayer online tool that is …

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CNAS Forms Task Force to Advise Gov’t on US Sanctions Practices

The Center for a New American Security has formed a new task force focused on providing ideas that work to help the administration and Congress develop and implement sanctions against entities that violate U.S. policies. CNAS said Tuesday the Future of U.S. Sanctions Task Force within its energy, economics and security …

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DoD Requests $20.7B & ODNI Seeks $57.7B to Fund Intelligence Programs in FY 2018

The Defense Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have separately submitted proposed budget appropriations for their respective intelligence programs in fiscal year 2018. DoD said Monday it seeks a top-line 2018 budget of $20.7 billion, including both base and overseas contingency operations spending, for the Military Intelligence Program. ODNI’s …

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DoD Names PNNL Policy Adviser Vayl Oxford as DTRA Director

Vayl Oxford, a national security executive policy adviser at the Energy Department‘s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will assume the director role at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. The Defense Department said Thursday Secretary James Mattis also appointed Oxford to the Senior Executive Service in line with the assignment to head DTRA. Oxford most …

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Army’s Darrell Williams Gets Lt. Gen. Rank to Head DLA as New Director

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Darrell Williams, commanding general of the Army Combined Arms Support Command and Sustainment Center of Excellence at Fort Lee, will take over as director of the Defense Logistics Agency at Fort Belvoir. DLA said Tuesday the Senate confirmed Williams’ new assignment as well as promotion to the rank of lieutenant general as …

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VA Adds Veteran Health, Benefits Agencies as Exemptions in Federal Hiring Freeze

The Department of Veterans Affairs has unveiled additional exemptions to the moratorium on federal hiring efforts following a previous move to lift restrictions for some professional fields in January. VA said Wednesday its latest guideline exempts medical and nonmedical positions, the Veterans Health Administration’s medical facilities and the Veterans Benefits Administration’s regional and field offices …

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