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Buying less with more at the Pentagon; a guide for newcomers

March 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After three decades covering the U.S. military, journalist Andrew Cockburn has seen it often enough to recognize the pattern: The Air Force spends $100 million to build an EC-130H aircraft with ground-penetrating radar to hunt for $25 homemade bombs buried along Afghan roadways -- and after hundreds of flights, finds ...

Buying less with more at the Pentagon; a guide for newcomers

March 3, 2011 After three decades covering the U.S. military, journalist Andrew Cockburn has seen it often enough to recognize the pattern: The Air Force spends $100 million to build an EC-130H aircraft with ground-penetrating radar to hunt for $25 homemade bombs buried along Afghan roadways -- and after hundreds of flights, finds ...

Improving public health one app at a time

March 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Got high blood pressure? There's an app for that. There's one for diabetes too. Another app that will watch your weight -- and report it to your doctor. Smart phones, cell phones and home computers are just waiting to launch the next big revolution in health care, said Robert Jarrin, ...

New portable DNA screener to debut this summer

February 24, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department this summer plans to begin testing a DNA analyzer that's small enough to be easily portable and fast enough to return results in less than an hour. The analyzer, about the size of a laser printer, initially will be used to determine kinship among refugees and ...

From Nextgov.com: New portable DNA screener to debut this summer

February 24, 2011 The Homeland Security Department this summer plans to begin testing a DNA analyzer that's small enough to be easily portable and fast enough to return results in less than an hour. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Meet the newest battle-tested troops: Robots

February 22, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There's one for every 50 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Typically they get the most dangerous assignments -- they're sent to inspect roadside bombs, enter suspicious buildings before others, and search for Taliban fighters in remote and hostile areas. They're robots, and their numbers are expanding rapidly. During the next two ...

U.S.-funded Arabic TV might have affected events in Egypt

February 17, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Alhurra TV, a U.S. government-funded Arabic language satellite television news channel, said on Thursday that 25 percent of Egyptians in Cairo and Alexandria viewed its coverage of the 18-day uprising that forced President Hosni Mubarak from office on Feb. 11. The finding, which is based on a poll, puts Alhurra ...

U.S.-funded Arabic TV might have affected events in Egypt

February 17, 2011 Alhurra TV, a U.S. government-funded Arabic language satellite television news channel, said on Thursday that 25 percent of Egyptians in Cairo and Alexandria viewed its coverage of the 18-day uprising that forced President Hosni Mubarak from office on Feb. 11. The finding, which is based on a poll, puts Alhurra ...

Defense acquisition chief foresees more industry mergers

February 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As a decade-long defense spending spree comes to an end, senior Pentagon officials foresee a new round of defense company mergers and acquisitions, the military's chief weapons buyer said Wednesday. But the Pentagon probably won't permit mergers between major weapons makers, Ashton B. Carter, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology ...

Social media has far-reaching implications for U.S. diplomacy

February 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Experts say that social media helped enable the Egyptian revolution.Nasser Nouri/Newscom After being mistreated by a policewoman and ignored by municipal officials, Mohamed Bouazizi, 26, doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire Dec. 17, 2010, in the Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid. He died Jan. 4. Bouazizi's act, ...