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India Expresses Concerns about Chinese Troops in Kashmir

India recently conveyed its concerns to China about 11,000 troops reported to be in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. The Chinese said soldiers were assisting with flood relief, yet earlier unconfirmed press reports indicated the troops were providing security for railroad construction. It appears that China is dropping the nuances in its policy actions of the past ten years as to disputed regions of Asia. It is siding openly and unequivocally with longstanding allies. This explains China's open embrace of Kim Jong-il, and its equally open tilt to Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir.

Tags: KGS , NightWatch , John McCreary

Friday - 09/10/2010, 08:00am EDT
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Grassley: DoD IG doesn't "follow the money"

Big changes are in the works for the Pentagon Inspector General's Office after a report from one of the top Republicans in the Senate finds billions of dollars in possible fraud and overpayments. The Project on Government Oversight receives a response from the DoD IG detailing a new approach to how it does business.

Tags: management , auditing , DoD , inspector general , Charles Grassley , Iowa , Ron Perlman , Holland and Knight , National Contract Management Association , POGO , Max Cacas

Friday - 09/10/2010, 06:56am EDT
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Breaking up big IT projects for better results - works!

The big IT projects your agency is working on are getting broken into smaller pieces, and one expert thinks that's a good thing.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Industry Chatter , Paul Strasser , DRC , cybersecurity , technology

Thursday - 09/09/2010, 08:30pm EDT
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Whistleblower: Army translators failed exams

VA issues second contract for Agent Orange claims

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Report , DoD , defense , VA , management , technology , Mission Essential Personnel , IBM , Agent Orange

Thursday - 09/09/2010, 08:40am EDT

North Korea Party Conference - Succession of Power

The Korean Central News Agency said on 6 September that North Korea will release the South Korean fishing boat and its crew captured last month. Like the US Citizen released to former President Carter, this is further confirmation that the North wants no grievances with neighbors and enemies to cast a shadow over the Party Conference - which may begin this week. While there is speculation that Kim Jong-il's third son, Kim Jong-un, will succeed him to power, Kim Jong-il is unlikely to make such a public designation during the conference. However, he may appoint his son to a post that will eventually lead to his succession. A public appearance by Kim Jong-un would be a sign that such speculation is accurate.

Tags: KGS , John McCreary , NightWatch

Thursday - 09/09/2010, 08:00am EDT
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Grassley: DoD IG's lax oversight results in fraud

The Pentagon's top watchdog has abandoned efforts to do in-depth audits of defense contracts, leaving billions of dollars in taxpayer money at risk because of overpayments and fraud, according to an investigative report due to be made public Thursday.

Tags: newscast , DorobekInsider , Must Reads , Pentagon , management , DoD , defense spending , Chuck Grassley , IG

Wednesday - 09/08/2010, 04:37pm EDT

Social networking and the government

Amtower interviews GovLoop founder and president Steve Ressler.
Sept. 6 and 13, 2010

Tags: Amtower , Steve Ressler , social networking

Wednesday - 09/08/2010, 01:16pm EDT
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All things government events

Amtower interviews David Powell, COO of the Federal Business Council.
Aug. 30, 2010

Tags: Amtower , David Powell

Wednesday - 09/08/2010, 01:07pm EDT
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Taiwan to Deploy Cruise Missiles by End of Year

According to lawmaker Lin Yu fang, Taiwan plans to deploy its own cruise missiles by the end of this year. Lin said Taiwan started producing the new missiles after acquiring key components needed for assembly. The new missiles have a range of 800 kilometers, capable of reaching Shanghai, Hong Kong and coastal cities in between. In 2008, Taiwan ordered production of 300 missiles as a partial counter to 1,300 ballistic missiles China placed opposite Taiwan's coastline. Neither country has a proven, reliable defense against each other's missiles. The Chinese ballistic missiles can saturate Taiwan's limited air defense capability, while Taiwan's cruise missiles can penetrate China's air defense systems.

Tags: KGS , NightWatch , John McCreary

Wednesday - 09/08/2010, 08:00am EDT
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India Leases Nuclear Sub from Russia

After 19 years, India has once again leased a nuclear-powered attack submarine from Russia. The Nerpa, which NATO classifies as an Akula II attack submarine, departed Russian waters on August 20th bound for India. Once the boat arrives, it will be rechristened INS Chakra and begin sea trials. The ten year lease provides time for India to exploit the Akula II for crew training and guidance in constructing its own nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines. A squadron of three is planned. The Akula II - and India's conventionally powered submarines -- can launch torpedoes and cruise missiles. India has purchased some of the most advanced underwater-launched cruise missiles in existence.

Tags: KGS , NightWatch , NATO , John McCreary

Tuesday - 09/07/2010, 08:00am EDT
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