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Putting Veterans on a Path to Careers

April 23, 2014 Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., is worried about the unemployment rate for veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. At a recent Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee hearing, he noted former service members face major hurdles in translating their military service into meaningful civilian careers. Kaine, who has a son in the...

Commentary: Drones Aren’t Just for Killing and Spying

October 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Mention unmanned aerial vehicles, and most Americans think of armed Predators firing missiles at suspected terrorists in Yemen or Taliban fighters in Afghanistan or al-Shabab plotters in Somalia -- somewhere far away where people are trying to do harm. These drones keep American pilots out of harm’s way, transmitting photos...

Op-ed: Hagel's Gospel on Defending Networks

June 21, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s plane landed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu in late May on his way to meet with leaders of the U.S. Pacific Command he met with troops and warned of one of the United States’ greatest enemies: hackers. He preached about the need for...

Analysis: Listening Tour Gauges Real Cost of Army Cuts

April 29, 2013 As April comes to a close the Army is wrapping up listening sessions across the nation, where officials have heard from communities surrounding 29 installations about the impact the service has on their hometowns. No, these sessions are not associated with the Base Closure and Realignment Commission. This Congress is...

Channeling the 'offensive mind-set' in cybersecurity

November 28, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow To protect critical networks and national security, the House and Senate are weighing cyber defense legislation and the Obama administration is considering regulations requiring information sharing between government agencies and private businesses. But who should be in charge -- even inside the Pentagon -- remains a big question in all...

Analysis: From war to work

November 12, 2012 On Veteran’s Day, Americans should pause not only to remember the sacrifices of those who served in the armed forces years ago, but also to reflect on the men and women who deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. The stereotypes about these veterans that have emerged are as limiting as those...

Analysis: Educating the brass

July 6, 2012 Professional military education has an inside baseball stigma that is hard to shake. The topic often receives a “so what” shake of the head when it comes up for discussion at conferences. And it rarely comes up on Capitol Hill since Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., the strongest advocate of professional...

Analysis: Cyberwarriors face a hard truth

May 25, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A $200 million budget increase wouldn’t have seemed like much in the thousands of Defense Department line items a few years back. But with long-term cuts totaling $487 billion over the next 10 years, the denizens of cybersecurity would gladly count their blessings with $3.4 billion to spend in fiscal...

Analysis: Taking bots into battle

May 22, 2012 Something you probably didn’t know -- even if you devoured P.W. Singer’s Wired for War in hardback a few years ago or more recently read Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker’s Counterstrike on your Kindle or Nook -- the days of “one person, one vehicle, one joystick,” even in remotely piloted...

Trickle Down Economics

May 1, 2012 The numbers frighten industrialists, depot managers, governors and lawmakers. From the moment President Obama signed the Budget Control Act in 2011, the days of ever rising money to buy weapons, uniforms, armored vehicles, planes and ships to fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were over. To some it was a...

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