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Obesity, Drug Abuse Concerns Among DoD Recruiters

Despite historic recruitment rates since the end of the military draft, the Department of Defense continues to take measures to ensure prolonged recruitment successes, according to a senior Pentagon official. In a written testimony submitted to the House Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on military personnel, Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel …

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TSA Scanner Saga Continues

The advanced technology airport scanners continue to be shrouded in controversy. TSA revealed that the “virtual strip search” (as termed by privacy advocates) has sparked more than 600 privacy complaints by airport travelers in the last year. According to GovernmentExecutive, Ginger McCall, EPIC’s staff counsel stated, “These documents reveal that …

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Planned DHS Cell Phone App Sniffs Out Toxic Fumes

A cellphone application that sniffs out deadly chemicals and alerts the user is currently under development at the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate. The Cell-All initiative aims to equip all cell phones with a sensor that detects volatile substances at minimal cost—to the manufacturer and to the …

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Lt. Gen. Michael L. Oates of JIEDDO: Leading the Fight Against IEDs

Maulavi Jalaluddin Haqqani has a reputation as one of the deadliest Taliban commanders in Afghanistan, and according to Lt. Gen. Michael L. Oates, he is “living up to his reputation.” He’s responsible for at least one assassination attempt against Hamid Karzai, the Afghan President, and the deadly Camp  Chapman Attack …

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Defense Secretary Gates Visits Soldiers in Afghanistan

In a three-day trip to Afghanistan, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates visited soldiers to get the “ground truth” directly from those in areas of conflict. “These incredible young people, the enthusiasm they have, and they have some good feedback about partnering with the Afghans,” Gates said. “And talking to …

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Napolitano Calls for Cybersecurity Awareness

Last week, Secretary Napolitano announced the “National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign Challenge.” This initiative will call upon industry leaders as well as the public to give ideas on how to enhance cybersecurity awareness. In her address at a conference in San Francisco, Napolitano declared, “We need to recognize that those answers …

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Despite Environmental Concerns, NRC Confident in Army Lab Expansion

A report issued by the National Research Council has indicated multiple issues in an environmental impact statement from the U.S. Army regarding its expansion of biocontainment laboratories at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md. The report was requested by Congress. However, the report also indicates that “current safety procedures and regulations …

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Army CIO Sorenson Spearheads Email Consolidation

The Army’s chief information officer, Jeffrey Sorenson, is spearheading an effort to consolidate the Army’s email system. They also plan to outsource its operation to make it more efficient, cost-effective and secure. The Army has invited companies who are bidding on the email contract to partner up with the Defense …

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