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When interoperability and security collide

Being able to communicate effectively is a matter of life and death, and sometimes so is being able to keep others from listening in.

Tags: Techonology , interoperability , Coast Guard , CNN , FBI , Robert J. Papp

Monday - 11/30/2009, 09:49am EST

France: No More Troops

France will not send any more troops to Afghanistan and wants instead to see an enlarged Afghan army, President Nicolas Sarkozy said in a newspaper interview released on Thursday. The United States is considering sending up to 40,000 additional troops to Afghanistan and has urged its NATO allies to do something similar. Britain announced this week that it was ready to send 500 more troops but Sarkozy told Le Figaro daily that he was sticking to a long-standing pledge not to send more forces. He said it is necessary to stay in Afghanistan? And to stay to win. "But France will not send one more soldier."

Tags: Technology , France , Afghanistan , Nicolas Sarkozy , NATO

Friday - 10/16/2009, 04:39pm EDT

Germany on Alert

German authorities are bracing for the possibility of terror attacks. On Friday they arrested a 25-year-old Turkish man they suspected of posting a video on the internet threatening Germany with an attack after yesterday's federal election. German media report pictures of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate and the Frankfurt skyline, and photos of top Germany government official were posted on the internet along with a threat the government believe came from the Taliban. The U.S. State Department, in a sign of just how serious this all is, is warning Americans to keep a low profile if they go to Germany.

Tags: Technology , Germany , US State Department

Monday - 09/28/2009, 11:11am EDT

Chavez and Assad

The U.S. is watching Damascus very carefully today. Syrian President Bashar al Assad is hosting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Chavez has made no secret of his disdain for the U.S. and Syria and the U.S. don't work well together because of their relationship with Iran, North Korea and terrorist organizations. The Presidents and their ministers are meeting to review a series of 11 existing agreements. One of the big worries for the U.S. intelligence community is that relationship give enemies of the US direct access to this hemisphere.

Tags: Technology , Venezuela , Syria , North Korea

Friday - 09/04/2009, 01:37pm EDT

Shouting Match at the White House

The intelligence community is buzzing over news that CIA Director Leon Panetta threatened to quit during a shouting match recently at the White House over the news that Attorney General Eric Holder might pursue cases against CIA personnel involved in interrogation. It's no secret that there has been tension in the intelligence community, but this is the first crack in the armor, if true. WTOP has not confirmed that the shouting match took place, but Panetta's letter to employees at the CIA made clear that he was supporting them regardless of what happens.

Tags: Technology , CIA , Eric Holder , Leon Panetta

Monday - 08/24/2009, 07:06pm EDT

Military spouses could benefit from new OPM rules

A reality for military families is that when transfer orders come in, family members have very short notice to uproot their lives, and move. For military spouses, that usually means leaving a good job. But now, the Office of Personnel Management has announced new hiring policies that will give military spouses a little more flexibility in finding a new job when those orders are issued.

Tags: mngt , pay & benefits , OPM , John Berry , Michael Maloney , Les Melnyck , President Bush , President Obama , Max Cacas

Thursday - 08/13/2009, 06:34am EDT
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Top level military review for web 2.0

The Pentagon's chief information officer is conducting an agency-wide review of the use of popular social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Officials are trying to balance the benefits of allowing the use of social networking on recruiting, public affairs and troop morale, against the potential security risks. Defense Secretary Gates gets a report on ‘web 2.0' at the end of this month, and department-wide policy is expected out in late September.

Tags: management , Armed Forces , military ,

Monday - 08/10/2009, 11:49am EDT

GI Bill News You Can Use

The post-9/11 GI Bill takes effect on August first, but service members should know that NOW is the time to put in that request to transfer their benefits to spouses and children. Pentagon officials say its one of the most popular aspects of the GI Bill. Experts say its smart to transfer at least a month of benefits to each dependent before your hitch is up, so you can make adjustments later. Once you leave the service, you can't make such a change.

Tags: management , Armed Forces Update , GI Bill ,

Monday - 07/27/2009, 11:57am EDT
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