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Yemeni Forces Surround al Qaida Fighters in Rural Village

International media have reported that Yemeni forces surrounded between 25 and 60 al Qaida fighters in a rural village. The surrounded militants rejected mediation efforts by local officials, setting conditions for security forces to besiege the militants in their hiding places. Later reporting indicated Yemeni forces attacked five houses in the village but found them empty. Up to 15,000 civilians have fled the fighting. The US is reported to be providing intelligence and advisory support because the US is determined to prevent al Qaida from exporting more terrorists from Yemen and from developing a base there. The impoverished Yemeni government welcomes the US aid.

Tags: KGS , NightWatch , John McCreary

Monday - 09/27/2010, 04:11pm EDT

Lawmakers ask White House to stop DHS financial system

House Democrats went over the heads of Homeland Security Department officials and appealed to the White House to cancel a $1 billion financial management project, NextGov reports.

Tags: Dorobek Insider , Must Reads , DHS , financial systems , Nextgov

Monday - 09/27/2010, 03:31pm EDT

China Expands Use of Military Forces for Diplomacy and Stability

Two recent developments exemplify China's expanding use of military forces in support of diplomacy and to maintain stability along borders. First, six Chinese aircraft launched long-range sudden attacks in Kazakhstan as part of ongoing simulated anti-terror exercises. On September 21st, it was reported that China approved the deployment of four military helicopters to Pakistan to assist in flood relief. The press reports are part of the public information program to test international reaction to China's having crossed another threshold as a responsible great power. The two developments spotlight China's near term strategic objective, which is dominance in Asia.

Tags: KGS , NightWatch , John McCreary

Monday - 09/27/2010, 03:21pm EDT

Defense contractors go all-in for incumbents

In races in both the House and Senate, Democratic incumbents have found loyal supporters -- and big donors -- in defense contractors, Politico reports.

Tags: Dorobek Insider , Must Reads , defense contractors , Armed Services Committee , DoD

Monday - 09/27/2010, 03:19pm EDT

Proposal would constrict use of certain contract types

The FAR Council issues a proposed rule to require agencies to justify the use of time-and-materials and labor hours contracts for commercial services. GAO found that agencies didn't understand the rules for buying certain types of services.

Tags: FAR Council , GAO , time-and-materials contracting , SARA , labor hours contracts , Jason Miller

Monday - 09/27/2010, 02:58pm EDT

Update on GSA's SmartPay program

Host Mark Amtower discusses the SmartPay program with David Shea, Director of the Office of Charge Card Management, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration.
September 27, 2010

Tags: David Shea , GSA , FAS , SmartPay , Amtower Off Center , Mark Amtower ,

Monday - 09/27/2010, 12:37pm EDT

Army expands online training efforts

The Army has been steadily increasing the amount of education and training it delivers online. Details from the Army's Phyllis Bailey

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Report , Army , DoD , information assurance , online learning ,

Monday - 09/27/2010, 09:40am EDT

Boeing to offer cybersecurity to Japan

Touching on the Japan's need to improve preparedness to deal with cyber attacks, Boeing says that the ministry is placing more emphasis on cyber security.

Tags: Federal Drive , Cybersecurity Update , cybersecurity , Boeing , Japan

Thursday - 09/23/2010, 09:30am EDT

Indonesia to Purchase More Fighter Jets from Russia

The Indonesian government plans to order six more Russian-built fighter planes according to statements made by the country's air force Chief of Staff. Indonesia already has 10 of the aircraft, which are not enough to cover the country's airspace. Indonesia's acquisition of Russian weapons systems revives memories of the era when Indonesia had the largest navy and the most powerful air force in Southeast Asia, all provided by the Soviet Union. Indonesia retains many links to the US armed forces and has much US-supplied equipment. Having both US and Russian systems ensures something will be flyable irrespective of international political considerations.

Tags: KGS , NightWatch , John McCreary

Thursday - 09/23/2010, 08:00am EDT

GSA's office supply contract causes concern

The General Services Administration freezes Schedule 75 to new vendors shortly after awarding a new strategic sourcing contract for office supplies. Small businesses say the combination of the two could have a detrimental effect on their ability to sell to the government. GSA expects to save $52 million a year across government from the BPA's lower prices.

Tags: Paul McDermott , GSA , OFPP , Mike Tucker , George W. Allen Company , Chris Bates , National Office Products Alliance , Schedule 75 , office supplies , strategic sourcing , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/23/2010, 07:28am EDT
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