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Intelligence Chief in Afghanistan Calls for Overhaul

Major General Michael Flynn, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence in Afghanistan, recently published a report with the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) which examines the flaws in intelligence analysis in Afghanistan and what should be done to fix the problems. The report, titled “Fixing Intel: A Blueprint …

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Obama to Release Preliminary Report on Christmas Day Attack

Last night in an address to the Nation, President Obama admitted the government had sufficient information to uncover the plot of the attack and then eventually disrupt the attack. Placing much of the blame on the intelligence community,Obama recognized their inability  “to connect the dots.” In addition to the wrong …

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Cyber Command Plans Put on Hold

Privacy concerns have become an issue for the Pentagon’s cybersecurity plans. Due to this, the Pentagon has delayed and may end the Cyber Command plan. With Congress questioning the privacy issues, as well as the overall mission, a launch date is not in sight. It was first supposed to be …

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Postal Service Given Responsiblity to Deliver Antidote in Case of Bio Attack

On December 30, President Obama signed Executive Order 13528, “Establishing Federal Capability for the Timely Provision of Medical Countermeasures Following a Biological Attack,” which gives the US Postal Service responsibility for delivering self-administered antidotes in the wake of a biological attack against the US. The new order is designed to …

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Admiral Mullen Points Out Bowl Games Deeper Meaning

Navy Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke about the importance of the academy experience at a football bowl game in Fort Worth, Texas. He pointed out that attending these universities are launching potentials for service as a military officers. He also mentioned how these …

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New Executive Order on Classification Process

President Obama issued a new Executive Order on ‘Classified National Security Information‘ which will alter some of the policies related to the release of classified information. The new Order replaces the previous Executive Orders put in place under former President Clinton and updated by George W. Bush. The new Order …

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VADM James Winnefeld Nominated to Head NORTHCOM

Navy Vice Adm. James A. “Sandy” Winnefeld has been nominated by President Obama to become the next head of NORTHCOM and NORAD. His nomination must be approved by the Senate and, if confirmed, will result in a promotion to full admiral. NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) is a joint …

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2010 Defense Budget Signed

President Barack Obama signed the 2010 Defense Budget into law on December 19th. The 2010 defense budget is for $663.8 billion. The break down of the budget is as follows: $533.8 billion in discretionary budget authority (to fund base defense programs) and $130 billion will go towards supporting overseas operations. …

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New Cyber Czar

President Barack Obama has selected Howard A. Schmidt to be the national cyber security coordinator. He will be responsible for organizing and managing the country’s digital networks that have become increasingly vulnerable with a growing number of threats. Schmidt is an experienced computer security executive. He has several ties in …

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Unifying the Department of Homeland Security

Secretary Napolitano, the third secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, spoke at the DHS employee Town Hall meeting on December 15th, 2009.  Employees gathered to hear her speak at the actual Town Hall at USCIS Tomich Center in DC, but a number of employees joined in through videoconferencing …

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