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North Korea and Iran pose serious nuclear and missile proliferation concerns for the United States and other nations and will be major considerations in the U.S ballistic missile defense review, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III told the Senate Armed Services Committee. "The risks and dangers from missile proliferation are growing problems," Lynn said. "The president has made clear that we will move forward with missile defenses. They're affordable, proven and responsive to the threat." Lynn joined other defense leaders in describing the ballistic missile threat and reviews of missile defense policy and planning under way to address current as well as long-term security challenges.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she won't talk any more about her charge that the CIA lied about using waterboarding on terrorism suspects. She said in her own words she's said all she's going to say about it. But some Republicans aren't are not letting it go. Some members want an investigation her accusation that the CIA misled Congress. Earlier this month, Pelosi told reporters that she had not been told that waterboarding had been used against terrorism suspects, even though it had been. When asked whether she was accusing the CIA of lying to her, she said "yes."
A new Web-based program is helping military pilots and aircrews fight fatigue. Research has shown that as fatigue goes up, cognitive effectiveness goes down, and the risk of an accident increases exponentially. "We want to stop that before it even gets to the pilots," said a military spokesperson. The Fly Awake or Work Awake program allows flyers and their schedulers to add crew members to flight and schedule rest times based needs of the mission and the crew to avoid fatigue and accidents.
The questions about what to do with Gitmo inmates continue. The Senate voted overwhelmingly to block transfer of any of the 240 inmates to the U.S., and refused to pay the $80 million it would cost the Pentagon and Justice Department to close the facility. The administration wants to shut it down, but FBI Director Robert Mueller told Congress that bringing the detainees to the U.S. could pose risks, including the possibility they might radicalize other inmates.
Lynn also says, about the QDR, "People look for any sign of decision, like smoke from the Vatican chimney."
Our first ever Federal News Radio Discussion features Sajeel Ahmed, Director of the Pentagon Renovation & Construction Program Office; Tim Vigotsky, former Director of the National Business Center at the Interior Department; and Charles Matta, Director for Strategic Programs in the General Services Administration's Public Buildings Service. All are experts on the subject of building renovation and IT transformation.
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There are some Iraqi Police and Military officials in town. They are here for training with the FBI and U.S. agencies and military officials. U.S. Army sources say the FBI training is designed to teach Iraqi police forensics skills, evidentiary proceedings and better police skills. Iraqi military officials are also here for training and will be meeting with U.S. military officials and other unnamed U.S. agencies. Iraq is preparing for the departing of U.S troops in 2011 and need to improve police and military capabilities.
Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) will introduce a Congressional Resolution today stating that federal employees are entitled to, and should come to expect, a reasonable degree of personal safety and security on the job.