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Defense Review Panel Addresses Roles in Federal Cyberspace

The legislatively mandated Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel addressed the much debated issue of authority over cybersecurity in the federal space in the report released last week to the Department of Defense. In the report, the panel expressed concern over the lack of structure in combating potential cyber attacks. While …

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FBI to Aid Pentagon in ‘Wikigate’

Department of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced he has asked the FBI to help Pentagon authorities investigate the leak of the classified documents published by WikiLeaks. During a Pentagon briefing yesterday, Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, condemned WikiLeaks’ release of 90,000 …

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Panel Submits Recommendations for Changes in Defense Planning

The Independent Panel’s Assessment of the Quadrennial Defense Review submitted a report yesterday outlining recommendations for several changes in the Department of Defense’s future strategies and priorities. Former Defense Secretary William J. Perry and former National Security Adviser Stephen J. Hadley handed the report over to House Armed Services Committee …

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DoD, DOE Collaborate for Clean Energy

U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Defense yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding during a White House forum to discuss clean energy in relation to national security. The MOU demonstrated a collaboration between the two departments to commit to fostering a clean-energy economy and improved efficiencies through …

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NIST, DARPA Develop Cutting-Edge Translation Technology

The National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Department of Defense are working together on an avant-garde voice-translation technology designed to improve communication between the U.S. military and non-English speakers in Afghanistan. Called TRANSTAC (spoken language communication and TRANSlation system for TACtical use), the DARPA project currently focuses on …

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DoD to Award $227 Million in Research Grants to Academic Institutions

The Department of Defense last week announced plans to award $227 million over a five-year-period to 32 academic institutions to conduct multidisciplinary basic research. Awards are subject to the successful completion of negotiations between the academic institutions and DoD research offices that will make the awards: the Army Research Office, …

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DoD Holds Environmental Stewardship Awards

The annual Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards ceremony highlighted the federal government’s commitment to its environmental stewardship during an event held at the Pentagon. The nine recipients that received awards were honored for their creation of key sustainability projects. These projects included decreasing the use of pesticides and finding alternative measures; identifying …

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Task Force to Speed IT Procurement within DoD

Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III yesterday announced plans to expedite procurement of information systems in the department, starting with the establishment of a task force that will focus on speeding up the IT acquisition process during the U.S. Strategic Command Cyberspace Symposium. The task force will have experts …

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Army Launches Acquisition Review

The Department of the Army announced yesterday it is launching a detailed, comprehensive 120-day study of its acquisition organizations, policies, workforce and processes, including how it acquires and handles equipment. Commissioned by Secretary of the Army John McHugh, the study is going to look at the full range of acquisition …

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