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Gates, Mullen Head US Crime-Fighting Delegation to Mexico

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will travel to Mexico City this week as part of a delegation focused on helping the Mexican government fight drug-trafficking cartels and other security threats. “It is in our interest that our friends …

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Secretary Napolitano Pushes Immigration Reform

The Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, met with stakeholders last Friday, March 19, to talk about immigration reform. The goal was to work together to make steps towards creating a new and improved system. Involved in the meeting were members of Congress, representatives from the faith community, law …

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Military Women Honored During Pentagon’s Women’s History Month

The contributions of military women throughout history were highlighted yesterday during remarks at the Pentagon’s Women’s History Month observation. The nation depends upon women, both military and civilian, at all levels of the Defense Department, from the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan to the upper echelons of military command, …

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FOIA Request Backlogs a ‘Continuing Concern’

Government agencies are getting better at reporting specific statistics about their Freedom of Information Act operations, according to a report by the U.S. General Accountability Office. In line with transparency efforts, Congress enacted the OPEN Government Act of 2007, which amended FOIA in several ways. Among other things, the act …

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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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