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NSA leader urges cybersecurity protocols

June 3, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The commander of the newly created U.S. Cyber Command said today the nation needs precise rules of engagement that would set the standards for a quick counterattack to a serious breach of U.S. military or civilian data networks. It also would be helpful if there were international rules on how...

NSA leader urges cybersecurity protocols

June 3, 2010 The commander of the newly created U.S. Cyber Command said Thursday the nation needs precise rules of engagement that would set the standards for a quick counterattack to a serious breach of U.S. military or civilian data networks. It also would be helpful if there were international rules on how...

New counterterror strategy to spell out Obama vision

May 27, 2010 The top White House counterterrorism official on Wednesday previewed President Obama's new national security strategy, which he said seeks to counter the global threat of terrorism and protect the homeland with a mix of military and intelligence capabilities, diplomacy and promotion of America's values. The strategy, to be released Wednesday,...

U.S. must counter Chinese military gains, senators say

May 19, 2010 U.S. armed services need to develop potentially expensive new capabilities to offset China's rapidly growing capacity to counter America's military advantage in the Western Pacific, but face a "constrained fiscal environment" that will require difficult choices in the future. Those were the conflicting views presented by two key senators and...

Defiant panels approve $485 million for F-35 alternate engine

May 14, 2010 Two House Armed Services subcommittees on Thursday defied the Pentagon and approved $485 million to continue an unwanted second engine program for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The Air and Land Forces and Seapower subcommittees split the cost of the engine for the F-35s, which the Air Force, Navy and...

Subcommittees approve funds for Special Ops, cybersecurity

May 13, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Armed Services Terrorism Subcommittee today approved its share of the fiscal 2011 defense authorization measure, adding funds and program initiatives to bolster the Special Operations Command and cybersecurity. The subcommittee added $205 million to cover the Special Operations Command's unfunded requirements, bringing the total authorization for the command...

Panels OK special ops, cybersecurity funds

May 13, 2010 The House Armed Services Terrorism Subcommittee on Thursday approved its share of the fiscal 2011 defense authorization measure, adding funds and program initiatives to bolster the Special Operations Command and cybersecurity. The subcommittee added $205 million to cover the Special Operations Command's unfunded requirements, bring the total authorization for the...

Navy secretary outlines how he'll reduce weapons costs

May 6, 2010 Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Wednesday revealed what he called his "five governing principles for acquisition excellence" that focus heavily on reducing the cost of weapons by tightly controlling what capabilities the Navy and Marine Corps seek and moving more programs to fixed-price contracts. In a speech to the Navy...

Top officers urge higher TRICARE fees

May 3, 2010 The leaders of the three naval services on Monday argued for an increase in the fees retired military personnel and their families pay for health care, something Congress has refused to approve for more than a decade. Adm. Gary Roughead, the chief of naval operations; Gen. James Conway, the Marine...

Oversight panel leaders push on Fort Hood inquiry

April 28, 2010 Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and ranking member Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Wednesday they have made one more offer to get the Obama administration's cooperation in the committee's inquiry into the November Fort Hood shootings, but indicated they would have to seek authorization for a...

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