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NCIS identified shooter

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) has identified Jeffrey Tyrone Savage as the civilian truck driver who killed Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark Mayo Monday night onboard Naval Station Norfolk. Savage, 35, from Portsmouth, Va., drove his 2002 Freightliner through Gate 5 just after 11 p.m., proceeded to Pier 1, left his truck and attempted to board USS Mahan (DDG 72). He was confronted by ship security personnel who ordered him to stop. A struggle occurred and Savage was able to disarm the petty officer of the watch. Savage then used the weapon to fatally shoot Mayo and attempted to fire at other nearby security personnel. Mayo was serving as chief of the guard at Naval Station Norfolk and was in the vicinity of the Mahan. Mayo immediately came to render assistance to personnel on Mahan and engaged in gunfire with Savage. Other security forces shot and killed Savage. Savage, an employee of Majette Trucking, did have a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). A TWIC alone does not authorize base access, it must be used in conjunction with other documents to gain authorized entry. The NCIS investigation has confirmed that Savage had no reason or authorization to be on Naval Station Norfolk. The chain of events that allowed Savage entry to the installation and the ship are under investigation.

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

Monday - 04/07/2014, 01:46pm EDT

What's Russia up to?

British Defense Secretary Phillip Hammond was at the Pentagon yesterday. He was asked about the Russian Defense Minister's recent remark to US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that Russia has no intention of invading Ukraine. Hagel says the size of the Russian troop buildup makes him skeptical and Hammond says it's not at all certain the Russian Defense Secretary knows what Pres. Putin's intentions are.

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

Monday - 04/07/2014, 01:34pm EDT

Sailor Killed at Norfolk Naval Station

CAPT Robert Clark, Commanding Officer, Naval Station Norfolk said a suspect approached the USS Mahan's Quarterdeck at 11:20 pm Monday night and was confronted by ship security personnel. "A struggle ensued and the suspect was able to disarm the Petty Officer of the Watch. The suspect then used the weapon to fatally shoot our Sailor responding to render assistance. Naval security forces then killed the suspect. The suspect did not have his own weapon," said Clark. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is investigating possible motives.

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

Monday - 04/07/2014, 01:10pm EDT

Rhodes: "Russia is alone"

What's different about the Cold War and now? While the G-7 meeting in The Hague, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said the difference now is that Russia is finding itself totally alone. He added Russian does not have the security a block of nations standing with it in violating Ukraine's sovereignty. And he said, "As long as Russia is flagrantly violating international law ... there is no need for the G-7 to engage with Russia,''.

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

Monday - 04/07/2014, 01:08pm EDT

DISA's EOC Shines at Annual Cyber Flag Exercises

The Defense Information Systems Agency's new Enterprise Operations Center played a big role in the 3rd annual U.S. Cyber Command-sponsored joint exercise Cyber Flag 14-1 The training exercise was held at Nellis Air Force Base the first week in November.

Tags: Inside DISA , Harris CapRock ,

Friday - 11/22/2013, 01:49pm EST

Sequestration, furloughs set back Google email pilot

Workforce furloughs and budget cuts have caused a Google email pilot program at the Defense Information Systems Agency to be extended through November, Government Computer News reports.

Tags: Inside DISA , Harris CapRock ,

Tuesday - 11/12/2013, 10:42am EST

Navy pushes for total server virtualization to cut costs

The Department of the Navy will begin to virtualize its services and hopes to achieve total server virtualization by 2017, in an effort to cut costs. The service has been active in cutting IT costs in the wake of Defense budget cuts.

Tags: Navy , Virtualization , technology , Terry Halvorsen , Cogan Schneier , DoD , budget

Thursday - 08/01/2013, 06:02am EDT

Supreme Court's DOMA decision grants thousands of feds access to benefits

With the Supreme Court's overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act, same-sex spouses of both federal employees and military personnel will be eligible for the same benefits previously only available to opposite-sex couples.

Tags: workforce , management , pay and benefits , same-sex marriage , DOMA , Chuck Hagel , Elaine Kaplan , NTEU , AFGE , OPM , Melissa Dawkins

Wednesday - 06/26/2013, 07:30pm EDT

Navy reducing IT spending ahead of schedule

The Department of the Navy is finding real dollar savings by moving to enterprise software licenses, managing mobile devices and services better and reducing the number of printers and the amount printed. Terry Halvorsen, the DoN CIO, said they are on track to meet the goal of cutting 25 percent of their IT budget in five years.
January 17, 2013

Tags: technology , DoD , Navy , Terry Halvorsen , cloud computing , mobile computing , budget , enterprise software licenses , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller

Thursday - 01/17/2013, 05:21am EST
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