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Navy sets course for agile IT development

Across the government, chief information officers are being asked to modernize technology systems more quickly and in smaller, more modular programs -- and for less money. But what happens when your network is on a moving ship?

Tags: technology , Navy , David Weddel , Charles Smith , James Syring , AFCEA D.C. , software development , agile development , Max Cacas

Monday - 10/25/2010, 09:37am EDT

MDA fails to shoot down missile

The military's Missile Defense Agency plan to shoot down a fake ballistic missile of the coast of Central California was not successful. The objective of the mission was for the ALTB to destroy a solid-fuel, short-range ballistic missile while its rocket motors were still thrusting. A news release from the agency says, the Terrier Black Brant target missile was launched successfully, the system acquired and tracked the target, but never transitioned to active tracking.

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

Friday - 10/22/2010, 01:18am EDT

Attacks on Al Qaida intensifying

The government of Yemen is trying to put down a branch of al Qaida that has attacked Western and regional targets in the country next to oil giant Saudi Arabia. So Yemeni authorities offer a reward of $50,000 for information on the whereabouts of two Saudi "terrorists", Turki al-Shahrani and Ahmed al-Jasser. Yemeni aircraft bombed al Qaeda positions in southern Yemen.

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

Friday - 10/22/2010, 01:17am EDT

Pentagon looking at gunfire detection system

"Shot spotter" is being considered for use at the Pentagon specifically to help in situations like the one that unfolded yesterday. "Two exterior windows had been hit by gunfire," says Pentagon Force Protection director Steven Calvery. Shot spotter is a gunfire location and detection tool that uses acoustic sensors to determine where gunshots came from, when they were fired and it can even determine whether an automatic weapon was used.

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

Friday - 10/22/2010, 01:15am EDT

New approach to European security suggested

The European Union should establish a three-way dialogue on security with Russia and Turkey to tackle frozen conflicts and promote stability on its eastern flank, a leading think-tank says. In a report released today, the European Council on Foreign Relations said the 27-nation EU must take more responsibility for security in its own neighborhood because the United States has its hands full dealing with Afghanistan, Iran and China and is no longer focused on Europe. The study says the current system failed to prevent wars in Kosovo and Georgia, or disruption to Europe's gas supplies, or to resolve a string of legacy disputes on the fringes of the former Soviet Union.

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

Friday - 10/22/2010, 01:14am EDT

Carey to become new Defense deputy CIO

Rob Carey is following Dave Wennergren for a third time. Carey will become the new Defense Department deputy chief information officer as of Oct. 24,

Tags: technology , Rob Carey , Dave Wennergren , Teri Takai , Navy , CIO , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/21/2010, 07:27pm EDT

DHS, NSA collaborate to defend cyber attacks

The Defense Department is expanding its role by joining forces with the Department of Homeland Security to defend critical infrastructure from cyber attacks.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , technology , NSA , Dorobek Insider

Thursday - 10/21/2010, 05:00pm EDT

DoD expanding domestic cyber role

Defense is quietly taking on an expanding role in defending U.S. critical infrastructure from cyber attacks.

Tags: Federal Drive , Cybersecurity Update , cybersecurity , Defense , DHS

Thursday - 10/21/2010, 09:30am EDT

US soldier charged with killing troops in Iraq

An American soldier was charged Wednesday with killing two fellow U.S. troops and wounding a third after an argument last month in a former Iraqi insurgent stronghold turned deadly.

Tags: Federal Drive , Iraq , DoD Report , Defense

Thursday - 10/21/2010, 08:40am EDT

Defense: Cyber collaboration trumps authority

The administration has been shifting its focus toward determining what it wants agencies to accomplish, rather than first defining the lines of authority.

Tags: Federal Drive , Cybersecurity Update , Defense , cybersecurity , management , leadership

Thursday - 10/21/2010, 08:30am EDT
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