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Portraying a difficult future for Afghanistan without U.S. help, Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey says that Afghanistan's refusal to sign a security agreement with the United States could make the war more difficult and inspire the enemy and encourage some Afghan security forces to cooperate with the Taliban to as he put it, ``hedge their bets.'' Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a SOFA with the U.S.
A review of Afghanistan's future indicates the country could revert to a terrorist hideout unless U.S. and international partners put in place a larger Afghan security force than what's planned for 2014.The study released Thursday by federally funded CNA Strategic Studies also concludes that this larger force and the government ministries to support it will require international trainers and advisers at least through 2018.
Agencies must use only cloud services that have been approved under the Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program (FedRAMP) by June. OMB will receive more details on agency progress with the latest quarterly update through PortfolioStat. Meanwhile, FedRAMP's security baseline will be revised this summer.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, one of Al Qaida's most brutal terrorists is reportedly the target of one of the biggest manhunts in modern Middle Eastern history. A British newspaper is reporting he has a 6 million pound bounty on his head because he allegedly has 25 British extremists among his loyalists . The Mirror says he was sacked by al-Qaida for disobeying orders and beheading people in public.
There are some strange bedfellows in the Middle East sometimes. Reuters is reporting, based on documents it has obtained that Iran has signed a deal to sell Iraq arms and ammunition worth $195 million. That would be a direct violation of a U.N. embargo on weapons sales by Tehran. The agreement was supposedly reached at the end of November, weeks after Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki asked the Obama administration for extra weapons to fight al Qaeda-linked militants.
In this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Another senior technology official at DHS is on the move; HUD quietly extended the HITS contracts to Lockheed Martin and HP Enterprise Services; Defense CIO Teri Takai doesn't have a lot of good things to say about the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act and a new DHS office will raise the level of focus on critical infrastructure security.
A policy update from the Defense Commissary Agency aims to curb system abuse bulk buying.
The Pentagon is implementing most of the recommendations it made in 2010's Section 804 report to Congress. Katrina McFarland, DoD's assistant secretary for acquisition, said initial results of the change are promising. But an upcoming GAO report is expected to show DoD has a long way to go to move toward an agile, incremental approach to IT systems development.
The three military department's top acquisition officials say they are each undergoing examinations of their contract spending on services. The goal is to ensure that the current, highly-decentralized service contracting process is serving valid military missions.
Defense Department officials said reducing and realigning bases and depots will help them achieve more savings that can be put toward readiness. Acting Defense Deputy Secretary Christine Fox said this round of BRAC would be different than in 2005.