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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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Continued Ban of Flash Media for US Army, Navy and Air Force

Despite a recent loosening of restrictions by the U.S. Strategic Command on the use of removable flash media, such as thumb drives, the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force have continue to enforce their bans until policies and procedures for the devices have been developed. “The Department of Defense banned …

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Emergency Responders Network will Help D-Block

After a failed attempt with the private sector, the FCC will ask congress to foot the bill for a wireless communications network for improvement of emergency responders. The plan would cost an estimated $18 billion over the next ten years. The new state of the art network would allow emergency …

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Secretary Gates Announces New NGA Director

Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates announced yesterday that Letitia Long is going to serve as the next director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. She is currently the deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, but will take on her new role later this year. Long will be replacing Navy Vice …

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