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Air Force develops remote health sensors

The Battlefield Automatic Life Status Monitor is a new technology that would allow soldiers to be monitored remotely

Tuesday - 12/21/2010, 09:40am EST
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Air Force ban of thumb drives is temporary WikiLeaks solution

Information Security reports that a security expert says the Air Force ban of thumb drives will not solve the problem of how to prevent classified leaks, such as in the WikiLeaks incident.

Monday - 12/20/2010, 02:41pm EST

Congress approves defense budget

Congress has authorized the Pentagon to spend nearly $160 billion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with no major restrictions on the conduct of operations. This year's approved legislation includes $725 billion in defense programs, including $158.7 billion for overseas combat. Among its numerous provisions is a 1.4 percent pay raise for troops and a guarantee that children of service members can stay covered under the military's TRICARE health care program until they are 26 years of age.

Monday - 12/20/2010, 12:50pm EST

Air Force releases target price for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Aviation Week reports the target price for the jet is $109.4 - $142 million per plane.

Friday - 12/17/2010, 03:00pm EST

Will Air Force block of websites plug the WikiLeaks?

Fidelis Security's Kurt Bertone explains whether the Air Force's block of the New York Times and other sites will stop future WikiLeaks leaks.

Thursday - 12/16/2010, 05:24pm EST
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The Air Force strikes back

There are consequences to posting those Wikileaks documents. The Air Force has blocked access on its network to more than two dozen media outlets who have posted them. The Pentagon has warned personnel not to go to the Wikileaks site, but this takes it a step further. Meaning, US Air Force personnel will not be able to get to those sites from their military networks. Among those blocked are the Guardian and the New York Times.

Wednesday - 12/15/2010, 11:07am EST

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
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