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The Wonderful World of Drones

March 7, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Jimmy Lee Dykes held a 5-year-old captive in an Alabama bunker, a drone was monitoring from overhead. The 65-year-old had snatched the child from a school bus after killing the driver. As the hostage standoff dominated cable-news coverage for days in early February, authorities used the drone to scan ...

Defense companies also worried about nondefense budget cuts

December 12, 2012 The defense industry’s loud campaign against sequestration has led many observers to believe those companies would be safe if steep cuts to the military budget under sequestration are avoided. That’s a misperception. The defense industrial base is also concerned about possible cuts to the nondefense budget if the $109 billion ...

Tough questions may signal quicker, quieter end to Afghanistan war

November 15, 2012 It’s no secret that Congress’s enthusiasm for the long war in Afghanistan has been waning—but you know support is low when even John McCain, one of the Senate’s staunchest defense hawks, is questioning whether the war is still worth fighting. McCain, ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, on ...

FEMA on Isaac evacuations: ‘The time to go is now’

August 27, 2012 Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate said on Monday that if residents impacted by the advance of Tropical Storm Isaac are instructed to leave their homes: “The time to go is now.” As Isaac targets a roughly 300-mile swath of the Gulf Coast, and Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi governors ...

Senators blast publicity of cyberattack on Iran

June 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Many lawmakers were incensed—for differing reasons—by the recent New York Times report detailing how President Obama attempted to derail Iran’s nuclear program by secretly ordering cyberattacks on computer systems that run its enrichment facilities. Some accused the Obama administration of leaking the information for political gain ahead of an election. ...

Bipartisan cybersecurity bill aims to spur industry-government sharing

November 30, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers , R-Mich., and ranking member Dutch Ruppersberger , D-Md., introduced legislation on Wednesday that would provide a channel for the government to share classified intelligence with the private sector to protect against cyberattacks. The bipartisan bill would make it easier for government to share ...

NSA partners with ISPs to prevent cyberattacks on defense companies

June 17, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Security Agency is helping defense companies prevent cyberattacks by working with their Internet service providers to filter domestic Web sites and e-mail, the Washington Post reported. Officials told the Post that the pilot program by the nation's largest spy agency does not require direct monitoring of the contractors' ...

Report: American technology helps Mideast governments clamp down on websites

March 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. has strongly supported freedom of the Internet and technology, which has played a crucial role in spreading and coordinating the protest movements sweeping through Arab countries. Yet American companies provide much of the technology that Middle East governments use to block websites, the Wall Street Journal reports. For ...