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NSA, Cybercom Lead Pushes for New Cyber Law

The National Security Agency’s director advocated for public-private sector partnerships to identify and combat cyber threats at a Tuesday congressional hearing, American Forces Press Service reports. Army Gen. Keith Alexander, also head of Cyber Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Defense Department servers receive an average of six …

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Defense Officials: Cyber Strategy, Rules in the Making

The Defense Department’s rules outlining how the military should react and when it can practice active cyber defense should come in the next few months, according to military officials. Pentagon officials told the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday that the Joint Staff and the defense secretary’s policy office are collaborating to …

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Obama Names Hicks, Chollet to Pentagon Leadership Posts

President Barack Obama nominated Dr. Kathleen H. Hicks and Derek H. Chollet to leadership positions at the Defense Department, the White House announced Friday. The president chose Hicks as principal deputy under secretary for policy and Chollet as assistant secretary for international security affairs. Hicks is currently deputy under secretary …

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McCain Demands Pentagon Money Transfer Report

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will not support Defense Department reprogramming requests until he receives a financial report of transfers throughout the last two years, Defense News reported. “I will not support any further reprogramming requests for new, unauthorized programs except for emergency requirements,” McCain wrote in a letter relayed to …

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GAO: Four Agencies Hold 60% of Federal Energy Initiatives

A majority of the federal government’s renewable energy initiatives stem from four federal agencies, according to the Government Accountability Office. GAO found the Interior, Agriculture, Defense and Energy departments to be responsible for 60 percent of government energy initiatives in 2010. Auditors reviewed energy practices of 23 agencies and 130 …

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Proposed Fiscal 2013 Budget Allocates $9.6B for Space Programs

President Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 allocates $9.6 billion for space programs, American Forces Press Service reported. Air Force Gen. William L. Shelton, commander of the Air Force Space Command, told a House Armed Services subcommittee on Friday that 2013 funds will target programs for missile warning, navigation, …

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Army Fielding 16 Hydrogen Powered Vehicles in Hawaii

The Army revealed a fleet of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles being developed in Hawaii to reduce dependence on petroleum, DoDLive reports. The vehicles will help the Army in the Pacific to move toward a sustainable path, Lt. Gen. Francis J. Wiercinski, commanding general of U.S. Army, Pacific, said. The Army is …

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Pentagon Asks Congress to Approve New BRAC Round

The Defense Department asked Congress for approval to perform two Base Realignment and Closure rounds throughout the next two years, American Forces Press Service reported. The Pentagon is looking to close military bases in both the U.S., where it needs congressional approval, and overseas, where it does not need approval. …

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Panetta Says Cyber Threat Keeps Him Up at Night

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told a Louisville, Ky. audience Thursday that the thought of a major cyberattack keeps him awake at night. Panetta told the University of Louisville audience that the U.S. is growing in cyber expertise but agencies still suffer thousands of cyber attacks daily, the Defense Department reports. Panetta …

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