Tag Archives: Defense & National Security

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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Northcom Leader Addresses FY 2013 Budget Request

Army Gen. Charles Jacoby, Jr. addressed the Senate Armed Services Committee at a hearing for the military’s fiscal 2013 budget request on Tuesday, American Forces Press Service reported. The Northcom and North American Aerospace Defense Command commander defended Northcom’s 6 percent budget reduction and his command’s growing significance in cybersecurity and …

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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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Pentagon Releases Energy Conservation Plan for Military Operations

The Defense Department recently released a plan for cutting energy consumption in military operations. According to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, the plan is to rely less on imported oil and improving security for U.S. forces who transport fuel into battle spaces. The plan consists of a three-part strategy to reduce …

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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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Govt. Officials Meet to Discuss Cyber Attack Scenarios

A special briefing for lawmakers occurred last Wednesday to explain possible scenarios of a cyber attack on U.S. infrastructure, Federal News Radio reported. John Brennan, White House deputy national security advisor for homeland security and counterterrorism, lead the briefing. An interagency team of 11 officials from defense and civilian agencies …

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Pentagon Report Raises Concerns Over China Military Growth

The Chinese government should be more forthcoming on why it needs modern military capabilities, a Defense Department report says. The Pentagon delivered its much-anticipated report on China’s military advancement to Congress Wednesday. The Chinese military remains on-schedule in its effort to build a modern, regionally-focused force by 2020, the report …

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Army Announces Restructuring Commission

A new Army restructuring commission has been charged with finding ways to make the Army more agile and cost-effective, Army Secretary John McHugh said Monday. The Institutional Army Transformation Commission will build on the work of an earlier short-term task force that examined the Army’s organizations and business practices. The …

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Sen. Schumer: Run Background Checks on Utility Workers

Major utility plants should run background checks on employees to help prevent security threats, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Sunday. Reuters reports Schumer plans to introduce legislation next month requiring major utilities and critical infrastructure plants to run FBI background checks on workers with access to sensitive areas within utilities. …

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TSA Boss: Patdowns, Scanners Work

Patdowns and full body scanners at airports have helped prevent another terrorist attack in the U.S. after the 9/11 attacks, Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole said. Pistole discussed the future of transportation security at the Newseum in Washington Wednesday. The enhanced patdowns and full body scanners have been the …

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