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Missile Plan Approved

Romania's defense department has approved a U.S. plan to deploy interceptor missiles there as part of a missile shield to protect Europe. A State Department spokesman said the facilities were due to become operational by 2015 and were aimed at defending against "current and emerging ballistic missile threats from Iran."The announcement is part of the revamped U.S. missile defense approach to take the place of a scuttled plan for a radar site and interceptor rockets in the Czech Republic and Poland.

Tags: technology , Pentagon , Missle , Romania , Czech Republic , Poland , Iran ,

Friday - 02/05/2010, 11:08am EST

Pentagon shooter to be studied

John Patrick Bedell, 35 of California was killed after he opened fire on guards at the Pentagon last week. Fred Burton, a former diplomatic security says Federal Agents are going to be busy for a while. "You're going have agents from the Diplomatic Security Service, the State Department, and the Secret Service and the agents assigned to protect the Secretary of Defense looking at the mindset of this kind of shooter and trying to evaluate who could be the next Bedell out there that could come after their protectees." Bedell was reportedly upset about the 1991 suicide of a Marine Corps. Colonel.

Tags: technology , Pentagon , Secret Service ,

Monday - 03/08/2010, 11:12am EST

More Money heading to Yemen

President Obama has asked for as much as $63 million in aid for Yemen for this fiscal year. The State Department says that's up from about $40 million in 2009. Yemen also received an additional $67 million in special funds for counter terrorism and border control efforts in 2009. Even though the Pentagon is not yet made a final decision, General David Petraeus, head of U.S. Central Command, said last week the United States would significantly increase its security assistance program for Yemen.

Tags: technology , Pentagon , Yemen , Obama ,

Wednesday - 01/06/2010, 10:01am EST

Amin drafts apology to foreign service officers at State

Kirit Amin, the departing chief information officer at the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs offers a "compete and sincere" apology to foreign service officers, who he derided in an interview this week with Federal News Radio. Amin says it is unfortunate that he shared private feelings in a public forum.

Tags: Kirit Amin , Bureau of Consular Affairs , American Foreign Service Association , Jason Miller , Jared Serbu

Friday - 10/07/2011, 06:33pm EDT

State QDDR: What now?

With the report now completed, what changes are in store for the nation's development and diplomacy missions? Jon Allen and Cheryl Steele, senior associates at Booz Allen Hamilton share their insights

Tags: Federal Drive , Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review , Booz Allen Hamilton , Jon Allen , Cheryl Steele

Monday - 01/03/2011, 09:08am EST
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North Korea becomes more aggressive

Tags: newsstand , North Korea , Ian Kelly

Wednesday - 05/27/2009, 07:37pm EDT

State department reaches out to Muslim communities

A new State department partnership will reach out to Muslim communities with education, employment, skills training and economic development aid

Tags: Federal Drive , Robert Lalka , Global Partnerships Liaison , Muslim communities , outreach

Friday - 07/09/2010, 09:40am EDT
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State Dept alerts broad, rare

Hear more from Homeland Security Editor David Silverberg

Tags: DorobekInsider , newscast , Homeland Security Today , David Silverberg ,

Monday - 10/04/2010, 07:17pm EDT
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State Department is Skeptical

In spite of the billions of dollars the U.S. government has provided Iraq to train it's military forces, there is evidence still of deep concern about whether they can do it. The State Department is reportedly putting together a diplomatic protection force to take the place of the U.S. military once they leave the country next year. Department officials are asking the Pentagon to provide heavy military gear, including Black Hawk helicopters, and say they will also need substantial support from private contractors.

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

Wednesday - 06/16/2010, 07:02pm EDT
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