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Raytheon to Close Suffolk Unit; Connected to JFCOM Elimination?

Raytheon will close a small modeling and simulation unit in Suffolk, Va., by the end of the year, the company announced last week. HamptonRoads.com said Raytheon’s decision to shutter the four-person center came “in the wake of the Defense Department’s decision to close the U.S. Joint Forces Command.” However, a …

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JFCOM Skirmishes Continue

Despite the relative calm following the storm that was the House and Senate Armed Services Committee hearings on the closing of the Joint Forces Command last week, the skirmish over JFCOM continues – although on a somewhat smaller scale. First, it was announced this week Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates …

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Survey: IT Workers Face Gloomy Job Prospects

IT workers have increasingly turned to job hunting as pay has stagnated, bonuses have been cut, and they face an increasing work load, according to a survey by Computerworld. Only 54 percent of IT workers said their salaries had increased from two years ago. Just 31 percent reported receiving a …

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National Security Adviser James L. Jones to Resign

White House National Security Adviser James L. Jones will resign, NBC News reports. He will be replaced by Deputy National Security Adviser Tom Donilon. President Barack Obama is expected to make a formal announcement from the Rose Garden at 1 p.m., NBC News reports. Jones’ resignation will take effect in …

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GSA to Reveal New Open Government Platform

The General Services Administration will reveal its new open government platform at the annual FedTalks presentation next Tuesday, amid a gathering of notable government, industry and media leaders. The theme of the conference will be how technology can be used to further the Obama administration’s goals of open government. The …

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How to Save a Trillion Dollars? Top Techies Offer Tips

Top tech CEOs gave the Obama administration some advice on how to save money — $1 trillion in 10 years—by using IT more efficiently, according to a report in InformationWeek. The leaders of six tech firms, including IBM and Dell, presented their report “One Trillion Reasons” on Wednesday to the …

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DHS’ Sunny Forecast for the Cloud

Department of Homeland Security Chief Information Officer Richard Spires announced plans to contract with a public cloud provider for its public sites, FierceGovernmentIT reported. In a speech before Input, a market analysis firm in Reston, Va., Spires also mentioned other steps DHS was taking to further employ cloud computing. For …

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Information Sharing Official Tells Agencies to Pick up Pace

In the post-9/11 world, government agencies in charge of national security information have learned how to share data. But now the government’s top official in charge of efforts to increase sharing efficiency wants agencies to speed up the process. Kshemendra Paul, program manager for the Information Sharing Environment, a presidentially …

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Efficiencies Necessary as Pentagon Transitions, Lynn Says

Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III again voiced his support for Pentagon budget cuts and reorganizations, as the Defense Department enters what he called a significant period of transition. Lynn said it was the fifth such transition, or as he called it, “inflection point,” for the Pentagon. The last …

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Lights Out: US Smart Grid Vulnerable to Hackers around the World

As the Department of Energy seeks to implement the Smart Grid, a modern electricity network delivering power using two-way digital communications technology, has also created points of vulnerabilities in the U.S. power grid. Kenneth Van Meter, general manager of Energy and Cyber Services for Lockheed Martin, whose company has partnered …

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