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NSA Chief Appeals for Cybersecurity Legislation

September 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The head of U.S. Cyber Command on Wednesday argued cyberattacks on U.S. networks will increase if Congress does not pass cybersecurity legislation that would compel critical-infrastructure providers -- including nuclear-power plants -- to share more information with the government when they are hacked, the Washington Post reported. Gen. Keith Alexander, ...

NRC Head to Testify on Renewed Planning for Yucca Atomic Site

September 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House Republicans planned to grill the Obama administration on Tuesday about how it is heeding a recent court order to restart its review of the controversial Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste-storage project, Bloomberg reported. U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane and Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy Peter Lyons are scheduled to ...

DARPA, Air Force Planning New Hypersonic Craft Research

September 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency is partnering with the Air Force to examine the possibilities of hypersonic flight in an effort that aims to build on the successes of the recently concluded X-51A WaveRider program, Military.com reported this week. Final details of the hypersonic exploratory project by DARPA, the ...

President's Full 'March on Washington' Remarks

August 29, 2013 To the King family, who have sacrificed and inspired so much; to President Clinton; President Carter; Vice President Biden and Jill; fellow Americans. Five decades ago today, Americans came to this honored place to lay claim to a promise made at our founding: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, ...

Largest U.S. Wind Farm to Power Nuclear Weapons Work

August 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On Tuesday, construction began in Texas on what will be the largest wind farm in the United States -- and one that is to play a role in nuclear weapons work, Time reported. Instead of providing green energy to surrounding towns and municipalities, the wind farm's five 2.3 megawatt wind ...

Americans Don’t Trust Government to Do What Is Right, Poll Finds

July 22, 2013 Only one in five Americans say they trust the government to do what is right most of the time, according to a new poll. More than two-thirds of those surveyed say societal change is best achieved through volunteering and working with charity organizations, rather than working in government, according to ...

How Well Do You Know Your Administration? A Quiz

July 19, 2013 1. James Gandolfini portrayed the occupant of this administration post in the movie Zero Dark Thirty. 2. This top official at the Commerce Department was the first American woman to walk in space. 3. The Associated Press once called this homeschooled White House official “Goat Boy” because he raised goats ...

Feds Ordered to Report James Bond Wannabes, Night Owls and Other Suspicious Colleagues

July 10, 2013 In an effort to prevent leaks and other security violations, the Obama administration has asked federal employees to report suspicious behavior among their coworkers, according to a McClatchy story published Wednesday. Under the Insider Threat Program -- which was mandated by a 2011 executive order following Pfc. Bradley Manning’s alleged ...

Poll: Too Much Government Power Is Scarier Than Too Little

July 5, 2013 Sixty-three percent of Americans see a too-powerful government as a greater danger than a government without enough power, according to a recent Rasmussen poll. Twenty-one percent said governments that are not powerful enough are the greater threat, and 17 percent said they weren’t sure. Researchers surveyed 1,000 adults on June ...

Some Military Bases Cancel July 4th Fireworks

July 1, 2013 Sequestration budget cuts and furloughs are forcing a number of military bases across the country to cancel Fourth of July fireworks displays, the Associated Press has reported. Officials at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in North Carolina, for example, said they couldn’t justify paying overtime to employees for the celebration ...