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Video Game Consoles Make Up Green Supercomputer

High-resolution computer systems capable of networking around the world are being used by researchers at the Air Force Research Lab to build a new supercomputer. It holds the distinction of being one of the cheapest - and one of the greenest - supercomputers in the world because the systems being used are Sony PlayStation 3 game consoles - over 17-hundred of them. It's called the Condor Cluster project and it's being built entirely from off-the-shelf commercial components. Its creators say it could change the supercomputing landscape. The system is capable of making 500 trillion calculations per second -- and represents new ways for supercomputers to increase computational resources while using less energy. The Condor is currently considered the seventh-greenest computer in the world. It cost only 2 million dollars to build, whereas the cheapest comparable supercomputers would cost $50 million or more.

Tuesday - 12/14/2010, 05:40pm EST

Boeing may be losing edge in Air Force tanker award

Politico reports that Boeing may be at a disadvantage to EADS for winning the Air Force tanker contract award.

Tuesday - 12/14/2010, 04:01pm EST

Air Force fires two after tanker mail mix-up

Learn more in today's DoD report

Wednesday - 11/24/2010, 08:40am EST

Mail mix-up won't affect Air Force contract selection

The Air Force will move forward to finding a contractor for its refueling tanker, despite a mail mix-up between rival contractors.

Tuesday - 11/23/2010, 05:04pm EST

Air Force mixes up mail for competing contractors

Defense News reports that the Air Force sent assessments for a refueling tanker deal to two contractors, but mixed up the info intended for each company.

Monday - 11/22/2010, 03:35pm EST

Air Force shares confidential tanker bid information

learn more in today's DoD Report

Monday - 11/22/2010, 09:08am EST

Air Force advisor proposes tips for working with private sector

This week on Federal Security Spotlight host Tom Temin talks to Riley Repko, the senior advisor for cybersecurity to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Requirements at the Air Force.
November 18, 2010

Thursday - 11/18/2010, 02:24pm EST
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Air Force warns troops about Facebook

The Air Force is warning its troops to be careful when using Facebook and other popular networking sites because some new features could show the enemy exactly where U.S. forces are located in war zones.

Thursday - 11/18/2010, 09:40am EST

Air Force grooming cyber wingmen

The service is giving careful thought to the human side of the cybersecurity equation. The top commander of the Air Force's Space Command said it's no longer a matter of information assurance, and it's all about mission assurance.

Friday - 11/12/2010, 06:46am EST
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MOAA says DoD cuts cannot undermine incentives

Colonel Steve Strobridge of MOAA said the budget decisions by DoD cannot undermine key military incentives.

Thursday - 11/11/2010, 03:43pm EST
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DoD is taking steps to defend cyber domain

Basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, now includes two sections on being a good "cyber wingman" and taking care of the network, and the Air Force Academy now offers a cybersecurity major.

Wednesday - 11/10/2010, 10:30am EST

Gen. Chandler: Air Force "INVESTing" in driving efficiency

DoD awards program generating ideas that military is turning into cost savings and efficiency.

Tuesday - 11/09/2010, 05:58pm EST
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Contracting lessons from the Air Force tanker saga

Washingtonian reporter Shane Harris joined the DorobekINSIDER to discuss his in-depth report on the 10-year saga of the Air Force to replace its tankers.

Tuesday - 11/09/2010, 04:51pm EST
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More Drones are coming

The Air Force is planning to develop more high-tech drones that can collect intelligence and better maneuver in the combat airspace. According to the Associated Press, the Air Force has already dramatically increased the number of armed and unarmed drones over Afghanistan and Iraq. But Air Force Lt. Gen. Philip Breedlove says there are growing worries that the U.S. needs better aircraft to gather information and conduct electronic attacks in airspace.

Tuesday - 11/09/2010, 01:51pm EST

New Air Force motto gets mixed reviews

Air Force Times reports the new Air Force motto -- "Aim High Fly-Fight-Win" -- is getting a lukewarm response from airmen.

Monday - 11/08/2010, 06:33pm EST

Navy on course to meeting energy conservation on ships

The service has reached an important first milestone in its effort to achieve a key energy conservation goal with last week's test of the first experimental ship to operate using algae-based bio-diesel fuel.

Thursday - 10/28/2010, 06:57am EDT
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First class of cyber experts graduates from Air Force Cyber Center

On Thursday 109 cyber experts are graduating from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Ohio. The Institute's Brigadier General Walter Givhan and Dean Heidi Ries joined the DorobekINSIDER to discuss the Institute's history.

Wednesday - 10/27/2010, 05:55pm EDT
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Military officers warn against cutting career incentives

DoD is preparing for massive budget cuts, but military officers warn not to touch career incentives.

Wednesday - 10/27/2010, 05:38pm EDT

Air Force to Expand Solar Capabilities

For years, the biggest renewable-energy project in the Air Force was a 140-acre solar array at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. It produces about 14-point-2 megawatts of electricity annually.

Air Force engineers are now set to outdo that project with plans to build three new larger solar arrays by the year 2013.Officials at the Davis Monthan and Luke Air Force Bases in Arizona are planning even larger solar arrays to be constructed, owned, and operated by SunEdison Company.

The Davis Monthan project is expected to generate 14-and-a-half megawatts of solar energy, delivering 35-percent of that bases energy needs.

Meantime, officials at Luke have teamed up with the Arizona Public Service Company to build a 15-megawatt solar array on 100 acres of under-utilized base property. That project could produce enough energy to satisfy half of the base's energy needs, potentially saving up to 10 million dollars on utility bills over the next quarter-century.

Monday - 10/25/2010, 05:53pm EDT

Recruiting underway for future CyberPatriots

More than 200 Washington, D.C.-area high school students and teachers learned about the exciting career opportunities in the field of cybersecurity today during the Northrop Grumman Corporation Cybersecurity Education Workshop. Northrop's Diane Miller gives us the details.

Wednesday - 10/20/2010, 09:30am EDT
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