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Lynn Details Pentagon’s Cyber-Defense Measures

To fight the cyber threat, the Pentagon has built “layered and robust defenses” around military networks, and officials from the departments of Defense and Homeland Security are collaborating to protect the computer systems, Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn wrote in an article published yesterday in Foreign Affairs magazine. …

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DoD Reveals Details on Previously Classified Cyber Attack

The most significant breach of U.S. military computers was caused by a flash drive inserted into a U.S. military laptop on a post in the Middle East in 2008, according to an article in Foreign Affairs. In the article slated to be published today on Pentagon’s cyber strategy, Deputy Defense …

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Pentagon, Afghan President Work to Disband Security Companies

Pentagon officials are working with Afghan President Hamid Karzai to disband private security contractors in Afghanistan, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman announced yesterday. “We share a common goal with President Karzai, and that is the elimination of the need for private security contractors in Afghanistan,” Whitman told reporters. “But while we …

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President Barack Obama Signs $59 Billion Defense Supplemental Bill

After the House approved the $59 billion Defense Department’s supplemental war-funding bill last week, President Barack Obama signed it into legislation Friday, giving $33.5 billion to fund overseas operations. The new bill will allot money toward the surge of an additional 30,000 troops in Afghanistan. It will also fund continued …

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Gates Recommends Mattis as Commander of U.S. Central Command

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced yesterday his recommendation for Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis as next commander of U.S. Central Command. Mattis is currently commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command and, if confirmed, will succeed Army Gen. David H. Patraeus, who is now commander of U.S. and NATO …

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Gates, Afghan Offcials Discuss Defense Cooperation

U.S. and Afghan officials yesterday agreed to explore ways to strengthened defense cooperation between the two countries and cement a long-term partnership for the future, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates yesterday hosted Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak, Interior Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar and …

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Secretary Gates Talks Budget on VE Day

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates recently spoke about how the Pentagon is spending its money. Gates spoke at the commemoration of the 65th anniversary of VE Day at the Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kansas on Saturday, May 8, 2010. Secretary Gates used the tough budget decisions during the Cold War …

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DoD Unveils Pentagon Corridor Dedicated to NORAD

The Department of Defense last week unveiled a hallway in the Pentagon dedicated to the foundation of the U.S.-Canadian defense relationship: the North American Aerospace Defense Command. For more than half a century, this bilateral command has been responsible for keeping the airspace over the two countries and the waters …

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Obama Names Woodson as Pentagon’s Top Doctor

President Obama has named Jonathan Woodson, a one-star general in the Army Reserve, the Pentagon’s top doctor. Woodson currently works at Boston University School of Medicine as an associate professor of surgery and as the associate dean. Woodson has deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Saudi Arabia, and Central America. He …

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