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Report: Japan Plans DARPA-Patterned Military Research Center

Japan is planning to form a research center patterned after the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency that is intended to study civilian technologies for military applications, Reuters reported Wednesday. Tim Kelly and Kiyoshi Takenaka write the research center is part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s effort to lift Japan’s …

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Inspector General Officials Want Cyber Threat Sharing System for Federal Agencies; Suzanne Spaulding Comments

Inspector General officials have proposed a centralized system for government agencies to share cyber threat information and alert each other to potential attacks, Defense One reported Nov. 5. Aliya Sternstein writes the IG wants a management database, calling list and communications monitoring system intended to help the departments of Defense and Homeland Security, …

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Fixmo to Build Pentagon Mobile Mgmt Platform

The Defense Department has hired mobile security company Fixmo to develop a mobile device management platform for Pentagon staff to access email and calendar activities and browse the Internet using Google Android and Apple mobile devices, Defense News reported Monday. Nicole Blake Johnson writes the Pentagon is acquiring a monitoring …

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ISA Urges Beta Testing of Voluntary Cyber Framework

The Internet Security Alliance has proposed that the government test a cybersecurity program for U.S. private industry before fully implementing it, Fedscoop reported Monday. Dan Verton writes the National Institute of Standards and Technology is scheduled to release in February a final voluntary framework for best practices in securing critical …

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Idea Raised to Combine Defense, Veterans Affairs Health Systems

Some Military Retirement and Compensation Modernization Commission have discussed an idea consolidate healthcare systems of the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, Military Times reported Thursday. Patricia Kime writes the unified health system concept was introduced at the MRCMC’s public hearing Monday at Fort Belvoir, Va., where various veterans service organizations discussed issues raised …

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Senate Committee OKs Federal Spending Transparency Bill

A Senate panel has approved a bill that would require federal agencies to standardize and report spending in a push for greater transparency, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Joseph Marks writes the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act moved through the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee Wednesday on a voice vote and will …

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