20 Apr 2018

Amazon courts Pentagon with marketing blitz ahead of cloud contract decision

“As the Defense Department continues its march toward procuring a secure cloud software, an acquisition potentially worth up to $10 billion, Amazon Web Services has boosted its marketing presence at the doorstep of the Pentagon.” Source: Amazon courts Pentagon with marketing blitz ahead of cloud contract decision

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20 Apr 2018

California officials say Pentagon has confirmed National Guard funding despite Trump threat

“The awkward dance between Gov. Jerry Brown and the federal government over the National Guard jerked back toward discord on Thursday, when Trump said he would refuse to pay for a new deployment of troops — just hours after his administration said otherwise” Source: California officials say Pentagon has confirmed

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19 Apr 2018

Air Force awards nearly $1 billion contract for a hypersonic cruise missile

“The U.S. Air Force has selected Lockheed Martin to design and prototype a new hypersonic cruise missile, as part of a broad Pentagon push to kickstart America’s hypersonic arsenal.” Source: Air Force awards nearly $1 billion contract for a hypersonic cruise missile

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18 Apr 2018

Ex-FBI agent pleads guilty to leaking classified documents to media

“A former FBI agent accused of giving covert documents to a national media outlet pleaded guilty to leaking classified national defense information Tuesday, the Justice Department said.” Source: Ex-FBI agent pleads guilty to leaking classified documents to media

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18 Apr 2018

Major bill aims to slash Pentagon bureaucracy

“The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee has targeted most Pentagon support agencies for a 25 percent cut, proposing seven be shuttered entirely. If adopted, it could lead to thousands of defense civilian job cuts and massive changes for defense contractors.” Source: Major bill aims to slash Pentagon bureaucracy

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17 Apr 2018

US says California rejects proposed border duties for troops

“The Trump administration said Monday that California Gov. Jerry Brown rejected terms of the National Guard’s initial deployment to the Mexican border, but a state official said nothing was decided.” Source: US says California rejects proposed border duties for troops

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16 Apr 2018

EPA, FBI and DHS get new senior leadership

“Federal agencies saw a series of leadership positions confirmed and announced, especially in IT roles.” Source: EPA, FBI and DHS get new senior leadership

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11 Apr 2018

Trump wins pledges of 1,600 troops for Mexico border duty

“The Republican governors of three southwestern border states on Monday committed 1,600 National Guard members to the U.S.-Mexico border, giving President Donald Trump many of the troops he requested to fight what he’s called a crisis of migrant crossings and crime.” Source: Trump wins pledges of 1,600 troops for Mexico

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09 Apr 2018

YouTube and Parkland – Missed Opportunities for Intelligence Fusion

This last week we saw a mass shooting at YouTube headquarters in Mountain View, California, and in February there was a far more horrific mass shooting and mass murder at a high school in Parkland, Florida. The temptation is to focus on the guns, hiring more security or assigning more

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09 Apr 2018

Homeland Security says it can’t counter a popular spy tool. Really?

“Most of this is functional data, the bits needed for a machine to work and interact with the other machines that together create a communications network. Yet even that incidental data is meaningful, and personally identifiable. And, as reported by the Associated Press earlier this week, the same tools used

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