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Senate Committee Promotes Cyber Self-Defense

Cyber self-defense is key to avoiding cyber threats to U.S. national security, according to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The committee conducted a six-month study on cybersecurity and found that basic measures such as installing software updates and running up-to-date virus programs can defeat most threats, but are often …

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Petraeus: Afghan Forces in Place, Primed for Success

The infrastructure to train the Afghan security forces is in place, and surge forces have arrived and are conducting operations, according to Army Gen. David H. Petraeus. “We have more than tripled the number of U.S. forces on the ground, NATO nations have contributed more forces as well and non-NATO …

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NASA Launches New iPad Application

NASA has unveiled NASA App HD, a new mobile application for the iPad providing videos, stories and NASA information all in one place. The application is free and a smaller-screen version can also be downloaded for the iPhone and iPod touch. The customizable application contains launch information and countdown clocks, …

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General Mills: Taliban Low on Operating Funds

The Taliban’s cash flow and recruitment in southwestern Afghanistan is in trouble, according to Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard P. Mills. This year’s low poppy harvest and government subsidies encouraging farmers to grow other crops have left the Taliban with “less than one-half of what they had last year in …

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BWI Airport, Workers to Benefit From Recovery Act Funds

Thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Federal Aviation Administration will invest $15 million in safety upgrades of the Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The project is expected to create about 200 jobs by the time it is finished next year. U.S Deputy Transportation Secretary John Porcari …

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Gates Calls for Peacetime Pentagon Reform

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is campaigning to keep federal funds flowing as the United States begins to withdraw military forces from Iraq and eventually, Afghanistan. Gates is concerned that, like in other times in U.S. history, wars ending will lead to a “peace dividend.” Addressing the American Legion in …

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Changes in Technology Export Rules Could Open Door for Business

President Barack Obama announced plans this week to loosen export regulations and consolidate the agencies governing them. The move supports the president’s effort to double U.S. exports, and is a win for technology manufacturers, many of whom expect the new rules could produce billions of dollars in new sales. Three …

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Biden Addresses Troops on New Diplomatic Mission in Iraq

Vice President Joe Biden spoke yesterday in Baghdad, emphasizing the importance of Operation New Dawn in the light of ending the combat operations in Iraq. His message to an audience of troops at Camp Victory’s ad Faw Palace was that the U.S. military and diplomatic efforts are still very much …

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Navy Tackles Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Job

In line with an executive order from President Barack Obama, military leaders in the Chesapeake Bay area are looking to do their part to help save the environment. Last week, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, Gov. Martin O’Malley and other local leaders met to discuss ways to …

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GAO, NASA, GSA Ranked Best Government Workplaces

The Government Accountability Office, NASA and the General Services Administration have been ranked the best places to work in the federal government in a survey of roughly 260,000 employees at 290 departments, agencies and sub-components. The three agencies made it to the top 10: GAO ranked second on the list, …

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