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The fight over funding the fight in 2011

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is urging Congress to approve the Obama administration's $768.2 billion Pentagon budget request, saying America needs "a broad portfolio of military capabilities."

Tags: FY 2011 budget , budget , Defense , Jim McAleese , McAleese & Associates , Dorothy Ramienski

Wednesday - 02/03/2010, 10:08am EST

Egypt to get new fighter jets

Egypt clinched a deal with the U.S government last week to buy 20 advanced Lockheed Martin Corp F-16C/D fighter aircraft valued at $1.6 billion, the U.S. Defense Department said Tuesday. Reuters is reporting the first of the new batch, known as block 50/52, are expected to be delivered in early 2012, a spokesman for the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said. The Pentagon told Congress in October that Egypt was seeking as many as 24 F-16C/D block 50/52 models. It said at the time the deal could be worth $3.2 billion, including base construction, support equipment and other hardware and services.

Tags: technology , pentagon , Egypt ,

Thursday - 12/31/2009, 03:04pm EST

Alternative jet fuel effort sparks partnership

Rear Admiral Kurt Kunkel and Mark Iden, with the Defense Energy Support Center, discuss a new agreement to advance the development and deployment of commercially viable, environmentally friendly, alternative aviation fuels.

Tags: Defense , alternative fuels , Defense Energy Support Center , Kurt Kunkel , Mark Iden

Friday - 03/26/2010, 10:30am EDT

Army language training bridges communication gaps

As part of a directive from General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, members of every Army platoon are now being trained in the languages and culture before landing in the country.

Tags: Army , mngt , best practices , Defense , Defense Language Institute , Steve Collins

Thursday - 03/04/2010, 10:30am EST

Computer jargon stifles security

Computer jargon baffles users, hinders security; Defense relaxes ban on computer flash drives; Symantec 2010 State of Enterprise Security Study Shows Frequent, Effective Attacks on Worldwide Business

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , cybersecurity , Michael Chertoff , Defense , flash drives , Symantec

Monday - 02/22/2010, 08:27am EST

Voting improvements coming for the military

The pen can be a weapon --especially for members of the military who want to vote but find themselves far away from their hometown polls. The Department of Defense says it's making improvements to make it easier for service members and their families to register to vote when they move to a new base. The policy change means service members are to be offered voter registration materials and assistance whenever they are deployed or transferred between bases.

Tags: technology , pentagon , military ,

Monday - 12/21/2009, 10:38am EST

DoD Budget analysis: paying more, buying less

"The new budget now being trotted out for the Pentagon is a tired old document, bereft of the many significant changes needed to revive our decaying defenses. Worse, the Pentagon's masters and its peanut galleries in Congress, the press, and think tanks opine delusions that anything significant is changing."

Tags: Defense , budget , FY 2011 budget , Winslow Wheeler , Center for Defense Information

Friday - 02/05/2010, 09:08am EST

Military ban on flash drives still in place

Chunks of Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative to be declassified, Microsoft: Don't press F1 key in Windows XP

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , flash drive ban , Defense , thumb drives , cybersecurity , Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative , Howard Schmidt , Windows XP , VBScript bug

Tuesday - 03/02/2010, 08:33am EST

Thumbdrives are Reinstated

Almost a year and a half after DoD banned the use of external computer flash drives, officials now say limited use is ok. But you can't use your your own. Only those that are distributed by the military are eligible. Troops in Afghanistan and Iraq who need the devices to carry or transfer critical data will be the first to get them. Vice Adm. Carl V. Mauney, deputy commander of U.S. Strategic Command, told reporters only a few will be sent to the war zone, but eventually more kits will be created and distributed.

Tags: technology , pentagon , Afghanistan , Iraq , Strategic Command , Carl V. Mauney

Monday - 02/22/2010, 11:47am EST

Hearts and Minds

The Department of Defense is developing a network of hearts and minds websites designed to influence foreign audiences to support U.S. Special Operations activities. The Trans-Regional Web Initiative, a plan to synchronize all U.S. combat command websites, will be built by General Dynamics. These sites will provide news that officials hope will undermine anti-U.S. messages. General Dynamics will be paid 10 million dollars for the project which lasts for a year.

Tags: technology , pentagon ,

Friday - 09/04/2009, 01:37pm EDT
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