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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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Increasing Number of Airport Body Scanners

Last Friday, the Department of Homeland Security announced that they plan to increase the number of airport body scanners with the $1 billion from the Recovery Act funds. This advanced imaging technology has been rather controversial because it is in a way a “virtual strip search.” The Transportation Security Administration …

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Harding, Retired Army General, to Lead TSA

President Obama will today tap Robert Harding, the retired Army major general, to lead TSA. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will make the announcement around noon today, according to administration sources. Harding retired from the Army in 2001 after a 33-year-long career in the military. Some of his roles in …

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DARPA Wants iPhone, Android Apps for Military Use

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is looking for developers to create applications for the iPhone or for handsets running Google’s Android OS that can be used in the tactical battlefield, for humanitarian assistance and in disaster-recovery efforts. In a request posted on FedBizOpps earlier this week, DARPA wrote: “In …

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