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Appropriations Bill Down for the Count?

In wake of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” fight yesterday, it appears defense spending will have to limp forward with the aid of a continuing resolution – an omnibus bill that basically sets spending at last year’s levels. Colin Clark of DoD Buzz provides an excellent wrap up of the …

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Contractor’s Crusade to Improve Troops’ Communication

In addition to learning how to shoot and  pilot a helicopter, one military contractor is teaching U.S. troops headed for Afghanistan a skill that might be overlooked in the heat of battle – but is no less important for success: how to have a simple conversation. The Washington Post reported …

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FCC Commissioner Clyburn Names New Chief of Staff

The game of musical chairs at the Federal Communications Commission continued yesterday as FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn announced Dave Grimaldi would be taking over as her chief of staff and media legal adviser. Before being named to Clyburn’s staff, Grimaldi was chief counsel for her father, House Majority Whip James …

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Heads in the Cloud

Chief technology officers from more than a dozen leading software firms and the White House’s top technology gurus kicked off a two-day conference yesterday aimed at making better use of cloud computing across the federal government. The Business Software Alliance’s sixth annual forum hosted CTOs from 13 software firms including …

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A ‘Critical Juncture’ for Global Governance

A report issued today by the National Intelligence Council and the European Union’s Institute for Security Studies turns its focus toward global governance–the collective management of international problems–and reaches some sobering conclusions. “The growing number of issues on the international agenda, and their complexity, is outpacing the ability of international …

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Streamlining NATO on the Table at November Talks

When the annual NATO summit gets underway in November, along with discussions of strategy and success in Afghanistan, the military alliance of Western democracies will also explore ways to revitalize the organization itself. “We have a whole series of reform proposals looking at command structure, NATO agencies and institutions, NATO …

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Low-Interest Rates Mean Opportunities for Small Businesses to Build, Hire

In an opportunity for small-business owners, this month’s rates for both 20-year and 10-year Small Business Administration’s 504 loans are at their lowest levels since the program began. The program has nominated a number of Certified Development Companies to help finance 680 small businesses with the loans in September alone. …

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