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Pentagon Releases Letter Sent to Purported WikiLeaks Attorney

Department of Defense officials yesterday released a letter the Pentagon’s top lawyer sent to a man purported to be an attorney for the WikiLeaks website, which previously published tens of thousands of classified documents and plans to release 15,000 more. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters Wednesday afternoon Timothy J. …

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Pentagon, Afghan President Work to Disband Security Companies

Pentagon officials are working with Afghan President Hamid Karzai to disband private security contractors in Afghanistan, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman announced yesterday. “We share a common goal with President Karzai, and that is the elimination of the need for private security contractors in Afghanistan,” Whitman told reporters. “But while we …

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China’s Efforts in Military Transparency Insufficient, Says Report

Although China has made some progress in military transparency, its effort are inadequate, and the nation’s decision to suspend military-to-military contacts with the United States is acting against the interests of both countries, according to an annual report submitted to Congress. Released yesterday, the “Military and Security Developments Involving the …

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DARPA Releases New Privacy Principles

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy last week announced the federal research agency responsible for maintaining the technological superiority of the U.S. military has released a set of Privacy Principle to address the issue of balancing access to information with the need to respect personal privacy. Expanding …

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FBI Names Thomas J. Harrington Associate Deputy Director

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III last week announced the appointment of Thomas J. Harrington as the bureau’s associate deputy director. Harrington, who will be replacing Timothy P. Murphy, most recently served as the executive assistant director of the criminal, cyber, response and services branch. He has led the largest …

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FAA Computers Remain Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks Despite Upgrades

Despite improvements at various radar facilities, the Federal Aviation Administration computer systems remain vulnerable to cyber attacks, according to a new government review. The Department of Transportation’s Inspector General said while FAA has made progress in securing some air-traffic control facilities, the majority of sites have not been upgraded. According …

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Gates Releases Efficiencies Initiatives

In continuation of the Department of Defense’s strive toward financial efficiency, Secretary Robert M. Gates announced yesterday a series of legislative initiatives designed to reduce overhead, duplication and excess in DoD to instill a future of savings and restraint for the department. The initiatives come after Gates’ request in May …

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FBI Director: No One Entity Can Stop Cyber Crime

Last week’s International Conference on Cyber Security 2010 brought together global leaders and representatives from more than 40 countries in emerging cyber threat analysis and enforcement at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus in New York City. Held Aug. 2-5, the joint effort between the FBI and Fordham University gathered representatives …

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