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Open-sourcing an Aircraft? DARPA’s Big New Idea

Open-source software has been the buzzword in software innovation ever since a Finnish college student named Linus began fiddling with the UNIX operating system. Now, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced plans to take open-source methods from the cyber world and use them to develop actual defense vehicles. …

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McChrystal Finds Latest WikiLeaks Releases ‘Sad’

The release on Friday of some 400,000 classified documents related to the Iraq war by the website WikiLeaks has brought out a range of emotions from national security leaders. Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, speaking at the Daily Beast Innovators Summit in New Orleans, called the leaks “sad,” CBS News reports. …

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Carey’s New Role at DoD

Navy Chief Information Officer Robert Carey announced he will replace David Wennergren as the Defense Department’s deputy CIO and deputy assistant secretary of defense for information management, Washington Technology reports. The website reports Carey will assume his new position starting Monday, Oct. 25. As CIO of the Navy, Carey oversaw efforts to use …

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DoD Unveils Information-Sharing Program

Information-sharing seems to be the name of the game in intelligence these days. And, just in time, the Defense Department announced the finishing touches on a new information-sharing program that will allow soldiers in the field to more easily access information systems. After four years of designing, developing and testing, …

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GSA Seeks Facebookers to Improve Social Media Timeline

They may not have the popularity of Facebook, but Gov 2.0 initiatives are making milestones. And now the feds are crowd-sourcing to meet and make new goals. David McClure, an associate administrator of the General Services Administration, presented a timeline of social media in government on a blog post on …

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Proposed Chinese Telecom Deal Raises Specter of Spying

A proposed deal between Sprint Nextel, Cricket and two Chinese telecom companies has raised a few eyebrows, with some U.S. senators concerned about security. The Hill reports a bipartisan group of legislators wrote a letter seeking reassurance about the deal from Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski. The letter, signed …

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DoD’s ‘Hybrid’ Cyber Policy

A top Defense Department official for cyber policy emphasized the need for collaboration across federal agencies and “hybrid models” to deal with cybersecurity. “For the past 14 months, we have been trying to continue to grow [U.S.] Cyber Command and its capabilities, at the same time looking at strategy and …

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OPM Retirement Backlog: Berry Adds 80 Workers

Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry announced he would add 80 employees to process federal employee retirement checks faster. “We want to do everything we can to put as much of their [federal employees’] money – at the end of the day, we have to remember this is their …

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