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Civilian Intel Funds Up in FY 2011, Military Intel Funds Down

U.S. civilian intelligence agencies received $54.6 billion in funds for fiscal year 2011, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said Friday. ODNI’s funding for fiscal 2011 was $1.5 billion, or 2.8 percent, greater than the $53.1 billion appropriated in fiscal 2010, according to a Bloomberg report. In February, …

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DOJ Watchdog: $16 Muffin Report Overcooked

The much-derided $16 muffins reported in a Justice Department inspector general audit may have never existed after all. According to Politico, DOJ’s top watchdog reportedly apologized on Friday and admitted taxpayers did not actually pay $16 per muffin at a recent department conference. In redacting its prior dollar amount claim, …

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Wireless Tax Bill to be Taken Up by House This Week

According to TheHill.com, the House will take up the the Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011. The bill places a five-year moratorium on new taxes on mobile phones and other wireless devices. The legislation has 240 sponsors and easily went through the House Judiciary Committee in July. The Hill reports the …

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NSA Chief: Military’s Next Internet in the Cloud

Instead of hiding from cloud computing for security reasons, the director of the National Security Agency said Wednesday the military must tie its networks and software to the cloud to better secure its computers. Army Gen. Keith Alexander, who also serves as director of U.S. Cyber Command, told attendees at …

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Maj. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins Nominated to Head DISA

Air Force Maj. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr. has been nominated by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta for a promotion to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as director of the Defense Information Systems Agency. Currently, Hawkins is serving as deputy director, J8, for C4 systems, Joint Staff. In …

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Army Deploys New Financial Management System

The General Fund Enterprise Business System is now operational worldwide and is said to be the most advanced financial management system in the history of the Army with nearly 40,000 users. The full deployment, expected in the 2012 fiscal year, will engage close to 60,000 users at around 200 locations …

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NASA Launches Weather and Climate Tracker

NASA today launched the new National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Prepatory Project spacecraft from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base. The spacecraft will begin trailblazing its mission as the the first satellite designed to collect data for both short-term weather forecasting and long-term climate modeling. “We know it’ll become a …

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