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$78B Shortfall in DoD’s Five-Year Budget?

The Office of Management and Budget is directing the Defense Department to trim $78 billion from its budget over the next five years, according to a report on Defense News. The first cut will be $12 billion stripped from DoD’s 2012 budget. Beyond that, it’s not entirely certain how the …

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Will Cloud Moves Continue into 2011?

Any technology observer with a pulse is familiar with the term cloud computing. As far as media saturation and buzz-building, “cloud” was hard to beat in 2010. But as end-of-the year retrospectives tout the year in all things cloud, some are saying: “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.” Ed Meagher, vice …

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White House Deputy CTO, Internet Policy Guru Resigns

One of the White House’s top technology advisers, who helmed the Obama administration’s efforts to navigate the often unknown waters of Internet policy, announced he was resigning last week. Andrew McLaughlin, the White House’s deputy chief technology officer, said Dec. 23 he was leaving the federal government to launch two …

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DoD Urges Troops to Kick Smoking Habit

The Defense Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Health Advisory Council is urging U.S. service members to start making their New Year’s resolutions now, and that includes quitting smoking and other tobacco use. “Tobacco use impairs military readiness and results in serious health problems, so New Year’s is a great time to …

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Gates Named MTV College Network’s ‘Man of the Year’

What do Defense Secretary Robert Gates and hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj have in common? More than you might think. Gates was named the MTV college network’s first-ever Man of the Year, beating out pop stars and hip-hop powerhouses for the honor, which recognized the secretary as a “true role model.” …

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2010: The Breakout Year for GEOINT

In many others years, geospatial intelligence may have – pardon the pun – slipped under the radar; in fact, often that was the point. But 2010 saw a renewed sense of mission for the once-unknown network of agencies, companies and technologies. Or, as intelligence news and analysis webiste got geoint? …

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FCC’s Next-Generation 911 Gears up for Next Step

The Federal Communications Commission’s next-generation 911 initiative might not be as well-known as its more controversial net neutrality proposal, but changing the way people interact with emergency services could have as big an impact. At the same meeting the commissioners voted to move forward on its controversial open Internet regulations …

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Interior Dept. Eyes Strengthened CIO Role

One of the clarion calls to come from the recent federal IT management reform was for a strengthened agency chief information officer. And, the Interior Department is already taking steps to beef up its CIO role and streamline the department’s IT leadership pipeline. According to a department memo, DOI will …

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