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Defense contractors show rates of PTSD similar to veterans

The stresses and trauma of war are not limited to military personnel on the battlefield. Defense contractors exposed to combat zones exhibit similar rates of mental health problems as members of the military, according to a report by RAND Corporation.

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 11:22am EST
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Congressed warned about spending

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is warning Congress that failure to act on a defense policy bill before year's end would create more uncertainty for the military. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey wrote to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and other leaders urging prompt action and detailing special pay, bonuses and other authorities that would expire if the bill slips to January.

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 09:43am EST

Dempsey presses Congress to act on defense bill

Nation's top military leader, Congress' defense leaders insist lawmakers act this year

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 06:52am EST

Former defense contractor pleads guilty to sharing classified documents

Federal prosecutors say 50-year-old Bruce Schliemann, a former defense contractor and retired Navy SEAL, faces up to one year in prison and/or a fine of up to $100,000 when he is sentenced.

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 03:50am EST

Pentagon policy up in the air

Top Democrats and Republicans on Congress' military panels are working on a plan to ensure that they complete a broad defense policy bill before year's end. It would cover a pay raise for troops, buy new ships and aircraft and address the epidemic of sexual assault in the military. The Senate and the House have only one legislative week to work out their differences before the House adjourns for the year on Dec. 13. A version of the bill remains stalled in the Senate, caught up in a dispute over amendments.

Monday - 12/09/2013, 09:32am EST

DIA releases technology wish list to solve problems more directly

The 'Needipedia' project is designed to stay within federal procurement law, but it short cuts some of the steps that cause agencies to wait months or years to solve current-day problems. DIA releases RFPs connected to an ongoing Broad Agency Announcement to give contractors a path to offer technology more directly.

Monday - 12/09/2013, 03:48am EST

Top general to teens: Watch what you post online!

Pentagon's top general to US teens: Watch what you post online, it can come back to bite you

Thursday - 12/05/2013, 04:28pm EST

Dempsey concerned about social media

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey is concerned about the next generation of military recruit being endangered by bad or illegal behavior online. He told reporters in his own words, "I worry a bit about ... the young men and women who are now in their teens, who probably underestimate the impact of their persona in social media". The problem is so pervasive, military officials have been considering the idea of giving people a second chance.

Thursday - 12/05/2013, 09:52am EST

Family of Navy Yard shooting victim files lawsuit

The Florida family of a woman slain during the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard is the first to file a lawsuit against the government and defense contractors, alleging that officials ignored red flags about the killer's deteriorating mental health.

Wednesday - 12/04/2013, 06:50pm EST

Warming Arctic waters inspire Pentagon to rethink strategy in region

Sharon Burke, assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs, was Francis Rose's guest for Pentagon Solutions.

Wednesday - 12/04/2013, 04:58pm EST
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Hagel shakes up Pentagon's organizational chart, hopes for $1B in savings

The Defense secretary issues specific directions to implement a 20 percent cutback in the size of his own sprawling support staff, including the elimination and consolidation of several senior positions. Gen. Martin Dempsey will deliver plans to cut the joint staff by 20 percent in the coming weeks, and all military organizations commanded by three or four star generals will do the same.

Wednesday - 12/04/2013, 03:30pm EST
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On DoD: DARPA, DISA and ONR discuss the latest on mobile technology and security

Director of the Defense Research Projects Agency Director Arati Prabhakar says DARPA's budget wasn't decimated by sequestration, but it is being slowly eroded. The Office of Naval Research and the Marine Corps team up for technology demonstration. John Moniz, ONR program manager, says marines on the front lines can get real-time data using smartphones. At the recent AFCEA Mobile Symposium, Defense Information Systems Agency officials talk about mobile security possibilities.

Wednesday - 12/04/2013, 03:04pm EST
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U.S. shuts down shipments

The U.S. has halted shipments out of Afghanistan, because protesters are a threat to truckers from who drive along part of the route in neighboring Pakistan. The Associated Press reports, "there have been anti-U.S. demonstrations in Pakistan in recent days calling for an end to the American drone program that targets militants. So U.S. officials said Tuesday that they had ordered truckers under U.S. contract to park at holding areas inside Afghanistan temporarily to avoid going there."

Wednesday - 12/04/2013, 08:16am EST

New bill aims to cancel sequestration for DoD at cost to feds' pay and benefits

Reps. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) and Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) introduced a bill Tuesday to cancel sequestration for the Defense Department for two years. The bill would offset this change by using a chained CPI to calculate COLAs for federal retirement programs along with other entitlement reforms.

Tuesday - 12/03/2013, 04:32pm EST

Carter steps down, Fox appointed new acting deputy DoD secretary

As Ashton Carter leaves the Pentagon as its deputy defense secretary, the long-time public servant criticizes the political divisiveness in Washington as being detrimental to the readiness of U.S. forces.

Tuesday - 12/03/2013, 12:31pm EST

Reinforcements headed to Pacific

The U.S. Navy has sent two advanced P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft to Japan. U.S. military officials say their jobs will be to improve U.S. capability to hunt submarines and other vessels in waters near China as tension in the region mounts. Last month China established an air defense identification zone covering islands in the East China Sea controlled by Japan and claimed by Beijing. In a few days four more of the aircraft will arrive.

Tuesday - 12/03/2013, 08:29am EST

Marines test real-time intelligence dissemination via smartphones

The Marine Corps is trying to develop ways to automatically push the vast array of intelligence information gathered by military sensors to low-level marines on the battlefield.

Monday - 12/02/2013, 04:32am EST
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Should you worry or is US military at the ready?

Is the military still ready for war _ or should you be worried?

Saturday - 11/30/2013, 09:04am EST

Support services for war fighters remain a challenge for DoD

Phillip Carter, senior fellow, counsel and director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security, joins Francis Rose for Pentagon Solutions.

Wednesday - 11/27/2013, 05:28pm EST
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NSA testing how to handle classified data over unsecured networks

A pilot project is part of NSA's push to layer commercial technologies and standards on top of one another to achieve security goals more quickly. This approach would replace the government-specific IT solutions that can take years and millions of dollars to develop.

Wednesday - 11/27/2013, 03:45am EST
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