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Questions rise about Egypt's future

What kind of military relationship will the U.S. have with Egypt now that Hosni Mubarak is gone? President Barack Obama says the Egyptian military has served patriotically and responsibly and now must ensure a transition of power that is credible to the Egyptian people. For the next seven months the military will essentially be a caretaker of the Egyptian government. The ruling council has been charged with preparing the country for elections in September.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , J.J. Green , Defense

Friday - 02/18/2011, 11:03am EST

North Korea can produce nukes...but

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the House Intelligence Committee, the United States believes North Korea has the capability to produce nuclear weapons, but is unlikely to use them unless the Pyongyang government is on the close to defeat.

He said the Obama administration regards North Korea as a "serious threat" to security in East Asia, and believes it may well have built other uranium enrichment facilities beyond the known Yongbyon nuclear complex.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , J.J. Green , Defense

Friday - 02/18/2011, 11:00am EST

Joint Forces Command will cut positions

It's going to happen. The head of the U.S. Joint Forces Command says that 2,300 people in Virginia will lose their jobs as part of the Pentagon's plan to cut costs. Another 36 positions in Nevada will be cut while an in Tampa, Fla., are going to be eliminated. Gen. Ray Odierno says the cuts are expected to save about $400 million a year. The command employs nearly 6,000 military and civilian personnel.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , J.J. Green , Defense

Friday - 02/18/2011, 10:59am EST

Pentagon urged to pay for traffic improvements

Fort Meade, the National Naval Medical Center in Maryland, Virginia's Fort Belvoir, Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, Florida's Eglin Air Force Base and Fort Bliss, Texas all need traffic management makeovers. That's what a new congressionally mandated traffic study says. It also says the Pentagon needs to pay for those traffic improvements. Traffic around those six locations are absorbing large numbers of personnel as a result of the Base Re-alignment Commission recommendations.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , J.J. Green , Defense

Friday - 02/18/2011, 10:58am EST

Asian countries edge toward war

Cambodian and Thai troops are engaging in some of the fiercest fighting in years over a disputed part of their shared border. Tensions between the neighbors have been exacerbated in recent days by pressure from powerful Thai nationalist groups, which have been staging protests in Bangkok urging the government to reclaim the land.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , J.J. Green , Defense

Friday - 02/18/2011, 10:57am EST

FBI scolded about Ft. Hood Shooter

A report from the Senate Homeland Security committee said the Defense Department did not inform or train commanders about how to recognize a radicalized Islamic extremist or how to see the difference between that and the peaceful practice of Islam. In addition, the FBI was harshly criticized for not totally sharing information with the military about Major Nidal Hasan and his views and beliefs. the FBI did not pass on some of the initial information up the chain about Hasan's connections because they said it wasn't clear he was connected to terrorists.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , J.J. Green , Defense

Friday - 02/18/2011, 10:56am EST

U.S. weapons sales may slow

Billions of dollars in weapons deals with Egypt are probably going to be put on hold until the situation clears up there. No one from the Pentagon has said things have been shutdown, but one thing is clear, U.S. arms firms may notice a downturn in the near term. Egypt is due to get $1.3 billion in military aid from the U.S this year. Experts say while the deals may not be on the fast track, they won't disappear, because regardless of who comes to power in North African and Middle Eastern countries facing crises, there will be a demand for U.S. weapons

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , J.J. Green , Defense

Friday - 02/18/2011, 10:56am EST

Air Force seeks a bigger RIF hammer

The Air Force will ask Congress to fast-track additional authorities to allow the service to bring its uniformed service back into the statutory boundaries, Air Force leaders said Thursday.

Tags: Air Force , pay and benefits , Norton Schwartz , Michael Donley , Jared Serbu , RIF , force reduction

Friday - 02/18/2011, 07:25am EST
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Navy to track cyber attacks in real-time

The Navy's cyber command will soon be able to see a real-time view of penetration attempts into the service's IT systems, the command's number two officer said Thursday.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , electronic warfare , Navy , William Leigher , Cyber Command , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 02/17/2011, 01:34pm EST

'More intense' high-risk oversight planned

GAO's biannual list includes 30 programs that are in trouble. House and Senate members promise to focus more of their attention on the initiatives most at risk. Members plan to use the model that worked for DoD and personnel security clearances in other problematic areas.

Tags: management , Gene Dodaro , Elijah Cummings , Darrell Issa , Josphe Lieberman , Daniel Akaka , Susan Collins , GAO , Census , USPS , Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committ , High Risk list , personnel security clearances , congressional oversight , 2010 census , cybersecurity , waste, fraud and abuse , Jason Miller

Thursday - 02/17/2011, 07:25am EST
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