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September 14, 2011 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: This story originally attributed a quote from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI). This has been corrected.)

With the end of the fiscal year weeks away, the Defense Department is asking lawmakers to approve a shift of $3 billion for urgently needed vehicles, aircraft and surveillance initiatives.

September 13, 2011 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: Subsequent to the posting of this story, the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee issued a correction to its statement in which the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program was reduced by $695 million, not $1.2 billion as originally stated. This story has been updated to reflect the corrected dollar figure.)

September 09, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy will wrap up a maritime intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting transition plan in October that will lay out what the EPX family of systems concept will look like, and the service will submit the report to Congress shortly thereafter, according to a letter recently sent to the Senate Armed Services Committee.
September 09, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army
hosted an industry day in El Paso, TX, last week for defense contractors
interested in participating in the service's next Network Integration
Evaluation, while senior leaders on the opposite side of the country praised
the biannual NIE construct as a new model for advancing the service's goals for
agile acquisition.

September 09, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army is
continuing its foray into mobile computing with the test of a Fujitsu-made
tablet device distributed to senior service leaders for a 30-day trial that
could lead to purchases, an Army spokeswoman said.

September 08, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

U.S. Cyber Command is dispatching network-savvy military personnel to assist planners at U.S. Central Command as part of a new initiative that will expand to other combatant commands, according to service officials.

September 08, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

An internal audit concludes Marine Corps information systems do not comply with key security mandates set by the Pentagon and Congress, but a senior service official disagrees.

September 08, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Marine Corps Forces Cyber Command participated in an annual war game this spring that "validated" existing mission planning and staff-oversight standard operating procedures, according to a service official.

September 08, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

A Pentagon program that seeks to boost international cooperation while addressing emerging security threats will continue funding a dozen ongoing projects that received funding in fiscal year 2011, according to Pentagon officials and documents.

September 02, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The U.S. and Australian armed forces tested an array of nascent naval technologies during the annual "Talisman Sabre" exercise that wrapped up recently, experimenting with everything from lightweight unmanned underwater vehicles to water filtration systems.
September 01, 2011 | Daily News

The Air Force this week announced plans to solicit academia and industry over the next two years for research and development proposals that "deliver practical solutions to urgent problems" across three technical areas: precision effects, universal situational awareness and "access and survive the battlespace."

September 01, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon is poised to release an updated cloud computing strategy for coordination after its first go-round generated feedback calling for more implementation details.

September 01, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon plans to vet a second draft of its plan to disestablish the Networks and Information Integration (NII) directorate and is on track to develop it by Sept. 30, according to Defense Department Chief Information Officer Teri Takai.

September 01, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department has issued new guidance explaining how it tracks intelligence on civil aviation.

September 01, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon has identified the first individual it wants to hire as part of its new Information Technology Exchange Program pilot with industry, but the process has been mired in legal issues, according to Defense Department Chief Information Officer Teri Takai.

August 31, 2011 | Daily News

The office of the director of national intelligence has launched a new research project to boost the intel community's ability to anticipate everything from political crises to resource shortages by developing new tools that fuse data from a wide range of open sources, including issues trending on Twitter, Internet search engines and the financial markets.

August 26, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy's top information technology official said last week the service will start cutting IT costs through a combination of closing data centers, scaling back on the number of applications it uses and spending money more wisely.
August 25, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Air Force does not effectively investigate all security breaches of its networks because it does not preserve key electronic evidence, according to a previously undisclosed report that warns fixing the problem could take years.

August 25, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Military officials are halfway toward the goal of issuing a new concept that lays out key cyberspace challenges facing the military through the 2020s, according to U.S. Strategic Command spokesman.

August 25, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Marine Corps this month concluded an assessment that identifies gaps in the service's cyber capabilities five years into the future and recommends solutions, according to a Marine Corps official.