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By Brian Robinson

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DOD blacklist authority could go too far, say small-biz advocates

Business advocates are charging the Defense Department with redlining the government contracting business to the extent that the 2011 Defense Authorization bill would allow DOD officials to secretly blacklist contractors and bar them from doing any business with the federal government.

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Posted on Dec 14, 2010 at 9:03 AM3 comments


Teetering on the brink of critical infrastructure protection

Are the ducks finally lining up on cybersecurity? The recent memorandum of agreement between the departments of Defense and Homeland Security, who for years have been butting heads on cybersecurity responsibilities, is one positive sign.

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Posted on Oct 14, 2010 at 9:03 AM2 comments


Administration's wiretapping push could damage cloud security

In another case of unintended consequences, now come warnings that the Obama administration’s call to Internet service providers and other firms to make it easier for the FBI to tap into online communications could damage attempts to tighten security in the cloud.

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Posted on Sep 29, 2010 at 9:03 AM4 comments


DARPA aims for fiber-optic link between warfighters' minds, bodies

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is famed for its prowess at delivering increasingly effective ways for warfighters to deliver mayhem to their enemies, and it seems that DARPA also is as determined to look after their minds and bodies. More

Posted on Sep 22, 2010 at 9:03 AM2 comments


Power IT Down Day: A major success, but could be bigger

The organizers of Power IT Down Day, a yearly event that tries to convince government workers and agencies to do more to save energy, obviously need to get more ambitious.

They set a fairly conservative goal of 6,100 participants -- a 10 percent over 2009 -- but instead ended up with 17,639. The Wounded Warrior Project, which gets a contribution proportional to the size of the participation, will be banking a $60,000 check.

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Posted on Sep 01, 2010 at 9:03 AM3 comments


Military simulation training may lead recruits to view war as a game

It’s a fact that video games have become an important part of the military training regimen. It’s not that they are a new technology, but video games are an interesting addition to traditional approaches and, so the theory goes, are a necessity for current “digital-native” generations of recruits.

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Posted on Aug 20, 2010 at 9:03 AM1 comments


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