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GOP senators seek special counsel to probe leaks

Republican senators on Tuesday welcomed a move by the director of national intelligence to snuff out leaks of classified information but insisted that a special counsel is needed to investigate the Obama administration and recent disclosures.

Tags: ODNI , intelligence leaks , James Clapper , Congress , Eric Holder , John Cornyn , Justice Department

Tuesday - 06/26/2012, 01:09pm EDT

DHS demos cyber attack to help sway lawmakers to pass a cyber bill

The Homeland Security Department showed lawmakers and staff how easy it is to create a spear phishing attack against a federal employee using free, open-source tools. The agency also said the Einstein 3 program is under development and will rely on vendors to provide intrusion prevention services. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said he expects the cyber bill to go to the Senate floor for debate no later than July.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , DHS , Mark Weatherford , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Einstein 3 , Congress , Cyber bills , Critical infrastructure protection , Jason Miller

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 10:23am EDT
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Column: Acquisition workforce strategy is the answer to DoD's problems

Retired Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, a member of the Defense Business Board, said the decimation of contracting officers, program managers and others have put the military at a disadvantage in spending hundreds of billions of dollars. He said the answer to their problem is simple but hard to implement: a comprehensive plan to improve the acquisition workforce.

Tags: Arnold Punaro , DoD , contracting , acquisition , James Cartwright , Defense Business Board , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer

Tuesday - 06/12/2012, 06:01am EDT
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Senators cancel reductions to Air National Guard, cut DoD civilians

Senate panel rejects Air Force's proposed decreases to National Guard aircraft and personnel, orders cutbacks in DoD civilian and contractor personnel and imposes contractor salary caps.

Tags: DoD , DoD budget , Congress , Senate , Senate Armed Service Committee , National Defense Authorization Act , Air Force , Air National Guard , National Guard , Carl Levin , Pat Leahy , Harry Wyatt , TRICARE , pay and benefits , workforce , Jared Serbu

Friday - 05/25/2012, 05:17am EDT
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McCain again makes his case to increase DoD's cyber role

The Arizona senator sent the third in a series of letters to Gen. Keith Alexander trying to explain why DoD, not DHS, should be in charge of defending critical infrastructure from cyber attacks. He said the administration's approach would create another layer of bureaucracy and slow down responses to threats.

Tags: technology , Keith Alexander , cybersecurity , information sharing , DoD , Congress , Jason Miller , Cybersecurity Update

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 05:56am EDT

DoD using cyber teams like aircraft - for offense and defense

Gen. Keith Alexander said a recent cyber exercise is the first time the military showed it can do offensive and defensive capabilities at the same time, by the same team. This was part of Alexander's answers to questions from Sen. John McCain.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , DoD , Keith Alexander , Senate , NSA , U.S. Cyber Command , Congress , information sharing , critical infrastructure , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/04/2012, 05:10pm EDT

Sequestration may hit defense industry harder than troops

Sequestration would kill hundreds of thousands of defense industry jobs, the Pentagon warns. Frank Kendall told senators during his nomination hearing to be the DoD acquisition chief that personnel accounts would be shielded so lower-tiered contractors would feel the brunt of cuts.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Carl Levin , industry , sequestration , Budget Control Act , defense industrial base , Frank Kendall , Heidi Shyu , Jared Serbu

Friday - 03/30/2012, 05:33am EDT
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House Oversight FISMA bill envisions beefed-up OMB role

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee unveiled a bill to overhaul a decade-old law detailing how federal agencies protect their computer networks from cybersecurity threats. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the chairman of the committee, told Federal News Radio the Office of Management and Budget is better poised to be a "fair arbitrator" than the Homeland Security Department.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , cybersecurity , FISMA , Darrell Issa , DHS , OMB , Joseph Lieberman , Elijah Cummings , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Susan Collins ,

Tuesday - 03/27/2012, 08:43pm EDT
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