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DHS to gain real-time access to DoD biometrics

The Department of Homeland Security already has real-time access to biometric data maintained in the FBI's huge database of criminal records. Within the next year, it'll be able to share similar data with the Defense Department.

Tags: technology , DHS , biometrics , U.S. Visit , Secure Communities Program , CBP , TSA , FBI , Next, LLC , AFCEA , Stephanie Rowe , Bob Mocny , Thomas Killion , Dan Roberts , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 03/01/2011, 07:18am EST
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BRAC crunch time for Arlington County, Va.

Dr. Andrea Morris, BRAC Project Coordinator for Arlington County, Va. joins host Derrick Dortch to discuss the latest on how the Base Realignment and Closure process is affecting Arlington County, Va.
February 25, 2011(Encore presentation May 13, 2011)

Tags: Andrea Morris , BRAC , Arlington County , pay and benefits , Derrick Dortch , Fed Access , personnel ,

Monday - 02/28/2011, 05:06pm EST
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Gates warns against more land wars

Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned against committing the military to big land wars in Asia or the Middle East, saying anyone proposing otherwise "should have his head examined."

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Update , Robert Gates , defense ,

Monday - 02/28/2011, 10:40am EST

DoD wants cyber partnership, not to spy

Gen. Keith Alexander, commander of the military's new Cyber Command and the director of the NSA, said DoD can help protect private networks from cyber attack - especially critical infrastructure - without infringing on civil liberties. He said civilian agencies and private network operators could leverage NSA's capabilities without having the spy agency be in charge of security.

Tags: cybersecurity , technology , Keith Alexander , U.S. Cyber Command , NSA , DHS , Do William Lynn , privacy , civil liberties , Information Technology Exchange Program , industry , information sharing , Jared Serbu

Monday - 02/28/2011, 07:00am EST
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Analysis: Air Force KC-X tanker contract journey

Richard Aboulafia from the Teal Group offers a recap and a look ahead of the tanker saga.

Tags: Richard Aboulafia , Teal Group , Air Force , tanker , KC-X , contracting , Boeing , Dorobek Insider

Friday - 02/25/2011, 04:45pm EST
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DoD, PTO discuss plans for potential shutdown

Federal financial managers are coming to terms with financial compliance; limited money for new systems or upgrades; and the continuing need for achieving clean audits, financial transparency, and compliance. How are those financial managers facing these challenges is the subject of the Federal News Radio Discussion: Accounting in Austerity.

Tags: Federal Drive , panel discussion , CFO , shutdown , budget , Mark Easton , Anthony Scardino , USPTO , defense , Suzanne Kubota

Friday - 02/25/2011, 11:08am EST
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Army forging ahead on smartphone tests

The service says it's getting closer to determining the path forward for issuing smartphones to soldiers in the field. It's something the service says could eventually provide warfighters with an all-in-one platform for training, battlefield communications and more.

Tags: technology , Army , smartphones , Michael Vane , mobile technology , iPhone , Android , Jared Serbu

Friday - 02/25/2011, 07:54am EST
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Pentagon to make building access easier

The Defense Department is making the Pentagon's physical access control system accept Common Access Cards. Currently, people who work at the Defense headquarters and other facilities must carry two secure identity cards. The Army also will test giving smart cards to retirees.

Tags: technology , Mary Dixon , Pentagon Force Protection Agency , Defense Manpower Data Center , Army , Interagency Smartcard Advisory Board , secure identity card , Common Access Card , physical access control , identity management , HSPD-12 , Jason Miller

Thursday - 02/24/2011, 07:40am EST
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DoD wants common cyber picture

The Cyber Command is focused on achieving real-time capabilities, but the director of current operations said they still have serious work to do. He appealed to industry leaders for help designing a sufficient platform.

Tags: cybersecurity , technology , Cyber Command , John Davis , AFCEA , cybersecurity workforce , Meg Beasley

Thursday - 02/24/2011, 07:36am EST

Air Force tanker decision expected Thursday

The Air Force is expected to announce the winner of the KC-X refueling tanker contract Thursday. This will give Defense an extra weekday to respond to the questions that are sure to follow.

Tags: contracting , Congress , Air Force , Boeing , EADS , KC-X , refueling tanker , Suzanne Kubota

Wednesday - 02/23/2011, 01:11pm EST
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