Ray Odierno: Downsizing the Army Will Harm its Capabilities

  Gen. Raymond Odierno, chief of staff of the U.S. Army, has said more than 450,000 active-duty members are required for the Army to perform its duty in global conflicts, DoD Buzz reported Wednesday. Brendan McGarry writes Odierno told a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., that the Army also needs …

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Russian Defense Ministry to Purchase $9B in Drones

Russia’s defense ministry is set to purchase $9.1 billion unmanned aerial vehicles to add to the 500 drones currently used for communications, reconnaissance and signal transmission, Pravda.Ru reported Thursday. Sergei Shoigu, the Russian defense minister, said funding came from the state armaments program that goes through 2020. According to the report, the Russian …

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DHS, Purdue Develop Social Media Analysis Tool to Monitor Crime

The Department of Homeland Security and Purdue University researchers are collaborating with other federal, local and state agencies to develop visual analysis tools that use social media posts for crime analysis and disaster response monitoring, Fedscoop reported Thursday. Dan Verton writes the ScatterBlogs tool is built to classify topics, detect anomalies and map post for …

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