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Moran wins reprieve for DoD agencies; no BRAC move until 2014 at earliest

A Northern Virginia lawmaker is successful in making the case to the Pentagon for a delay to give more than three dozen DoD agencies in Arlington County and the City of Alexandria two more years to make their move to new secure facilities under the BRAC process. Rep. Jim Moran (D.-Va.) says new buildings and infrastructure at Fort Belvoir simply aren't ready, and in the meantime, wants to ease the financial pressures on DoD landlords until the moves can happen.

Tags: contracting , management , DoD , BRAC , Jim Moran , Arlington County , Barbara Favola , DARPA , Department of Defense , Fort Belvoir

Tuesday - 09/22/2009, 01:55pm EDT
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Remains Recovered

U.S. Air Force Maj. Kenneth Bourland's remains were found at the Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince, Haiti Feb. 7th after more than three weeks of the search and rescue. The U.S. Southern Command says Bourland, 37, of Birmingham, Ala., accompanied a U.S. flag officer during an official visit to Haiti Jan. 12th. He was among four other U.S. military personnel in Hotel Montana when the 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti. The other individuals survive

Tags: Technology , Air Force

Thursday - 02/11/2010, 11:13am EST

More Marines Headed to Haiti

The Pentagon is ordering another 2,000 Marines to Haiti, diverting troops that were on their way to the Persian Gulf and Africa region. Navy officials say three ships that left Virginia Monday for their regular deployment have been told to go Haiti instead for the earthquake relief effort. The first group of some 2,000 Marines already off Haiti's shore went on land for the first time Tuesday to help deliver aid. A Pentagon official says there are some 11,500 U.S. military personal in Haiti or offshore and 16,000 are expected by week's end.

Tags: Technology , Marines , Haiti , Navy

Wednesday - 01/20/2010, 08:41pm EST

Falcon View heads to Haiti

The U.S. military is sending significant resources to Haiti to help out in the aftermath of the earthquake. Among those re sources is Air Force Intelligence gear to help with mapping. Many types of maps are supported, but the primary ones of interest to most users are aeronautical charts, satellite images and elevation maps. Many roads and landmarks are destroyed, so equipment to figure out where they were is essential.

Tags: Technology , U.S. Military , Air Force

Monday - 01/18/2010, 10:11pm EST

Who Killed Professor Ali-Mohammadi

The CIA says it had nothing to do with it. A remote-controlled bomb killed a Tehran University scientist on Tuesday in an attack Iran blamed on the United States. Iranian officials and state media described slain professor Massoud Ali-Mohammadi as a nuclear scientist, but a spokesman said he did not work for the Atomic Energy Organisation. Iran's cabinet in a statement blamed agents of the United States for the killing of Ali-Mohammadi. A State Department official in Washington said charges of U.S. involvement were absurd.

Tags: Technology , CIA , Iran , State Department

Wednesday - 01/13/2010, 11:40am EST

The Space Race

The U.S. needs to improve its satellite presence in the Southern Hemisphere to better track launches from Asia, even as officials work to improve relations with Beijing, according to U.S. military officials. The Associated Press reports, Air Force Gen. Kevin Chilton, head of U.S. Strategic Command, said the U.S. wants to better understand where China is heading as it improves its space and satellite capabilities. Chilton, who met with senior Chinese military leaders last week, described strains on the Pentagon's space program that are forcing commanders to push satellites and other equipment beyond their designed life span and to press for schedules that allow no room for launch failures.

Tags: Technology , Asia , Bejing , Kevin Chilton , Air Force

Wednesday - 11/04/2009, 12:00pm EST

No More Chances

Gary McKinnon has exhausted his last chance to avoid extradition to the U.S. 43, was refused permission to appeal to the Supreme Court, Britain's highest judicial body, as he continued his long battle to avoid being sent to the United States. He was arrested in 2002 after U.S. prosecutors charged him with illegally accessing computers, including systems at the Pentagon and NASA, and causing $700,000 worth of damage. If he is convicted by a U.S. court, McKinnon could face up to 70 years in prison.

Tags: Technology , NASA , Gary McKinnon , Supreme Court

Monday - 10/12/2009, 12:01pm EDT

Don't Ask - Don't Tell

University of California researchers show that lesbians were discharged under the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy at a much higher rate than gay men. Reuters reports every military branch dismissed a disproportionate number of women in 2008 under the policy banning openly gay service members. But the discrepancy was particularly marked in the Air Force, where women were a majority of those let go under the policy, even though they made up only 20 percent of personnel.

Tags: Technology , military , Reuters , Air Force

Thursday - 10/08/2009, 06:19pm EDT

Presidential Helicopter

The Associated Press is reporting that an internal Navy document shows new plans to replace the president's fleet of helicopters will cost taxpayers more and take years longer to deliver than a recently scrapped contract. Rep. Maurice Hinchey said the Pentagon's plan to abandon aircraft built by Lockheed Martin Corp. and buy a new fleet with similar capabilities at a cost of up to $22 billion for delivery as late as in 2024 is "beyond illogical." He represents the district where the helicopters are made. The funding issue likely will boil over next week when House and Senate lawmakers meet to resolve differences over their respective defense spending bills.

Tags: Technology , President , Maurice Hinchey , Lockheed , Senate , Navy

Thursday - 10/08/2009, 10:53am EDT

Bin Laden Sought Nukes

Osama Bin Laden did seek nuclear weapons. In an exclusive interview with The Nation newspaper online Pakistani Scientist Sultan Bashir Mahmood, a retired director general of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission said Bin Ladin did ask him about getting nuclear technology. But he said he told a firm no and Bin Laden did not ask again. Mahmood said he told bin Laden that establishing an infrastructure and gathering a team of scientists to accomplish the task was not possible. The meeting took place before 9-11.

Tags: Technology , Osama bin Laden , Bashir Mahmood , Pakistan , Atomic , Energy

Wednesday - 07/29/2009, 08:49pm EDT
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