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Last Build Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:56:00 -0400


NSA Still Vulnerable to Insider Threats, Watchdog Found

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:56:00 -0400

Four years after Edward Snowden leaked highly-classified data, the agency still hadn’t implemented key protections, secret audit shows.Aerial photograph of the National Security Agency in 2013.

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With Gritted Teeth, Tech Royalty Has Returned To The White House. Here’s The Agenda.

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:54:48 -0400

Who's ready for "Government-as-a-Service"?President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with technology industry leaders at Trump Tower in December.

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Treasury Managers Stress Teamwork in Major Information Technology Upgrade

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:05:27 -0400

Cloud services award will come Wednesday amid Trump budget uncertainty.

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Why Are So Many People Applying to Be Astronauts?

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:13:44 -0400

NASA received more than 18,300 applications for its newest class, three times more than its last round of hiring.Astronaut Peggy Whitson is seen during a spacewalk during Expedition 50 aboard the International Space Station in January.

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How U.S. Law Enforcement Caught the NSA Contractor Charged with Leaking Top-Secret Materials

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 09:46:37 -0400

The scanned copy of the document "appeared to be folded and/or creased," the FBI agent wrote, "suggesting they had been printed and hand-carried out of a secured space."

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Analysis: The Trouble With Trump’s Uneven Approach to Transparency

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:09:16 -0400

By treating ethical guidelines as opt-in, the president is creating all sorts of problems for himself.

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Budget Spares NASA From Cuts As Deep As Other Research Agencies

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:28:47 -0400

The NASA plan includes cuts across most of the space agency’s programs.Kennedy Space Center in shown in February.

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Trump’s Budget Would Gut Government Science — Except for the U.S. Nuclear Program

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:59:00 -0400

Here's how Trump’s proposed budget would decimate government science programs, by the numbers.NIH scientists work in 2012.

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In Urgent Request, U.S. Special Ops Adds 350 Kamikaze Drones to Fight ISIS

Fri, 19 May 2017 10:19:56 -0400

And that's not all. The command is also opening a drone-hacker lab to help keep up with ISIS weaponeers.The AeroVironment Switchblade

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NASA Won’t Rush Astronauts Back to the Moon to Please Donald Trump

Mon, 15 May 2017 09:38:51 -0400

Trump's hope to slingshot some astronauts around the moon next year have just been dashed by NASA.

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France’s Macron Hack Likely By Same Russian Group That Hit DNC, Sources Say

Mon, 08 May 2017 09:59:06 -0400

A growing list of indicators point to a hack squad associated with the Russian GRU.Vladimir Putin speaks to French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, in the Kremlin in Moscow in March.

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The Military is Using Human Brain Waves to Teach Robots How to Shoot

Fri, 05 May 2017 15:39:46 -0400

Without even realizing it, soldiers could soon be training robot sharpshooters to take their jobs.A 2009 photo from the he Human Engineering Methods (HEM) Research Lab.

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The Military Has a New Technology to Finally Solve the Concussion Crisis

Thu, 04 May 2017 09:53:04 -0400

The Army is testing sensors that can detect the impact of explosions on the brain.

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The Shipping and Handling of a Gigantic Space Telescope

Tue, 02 May 2017 15:45:05 -0400

The James Webb will soon travel from Maryland to Texas, and the move requires a lot more than a “fragile” sticker slapped onto on the side of a box.

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The NSA Is Changing Some of the Information It Collects

Mon, 01 May 2017 09:58:18 -0400

The agency says it’s stopping the controversial practice of collecting Americans’ emails that mention foreign intelligence targets.

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Facebook Data ‘Does Not Contradict’ Intelligence on Russia Meddling

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:48:35 -0400

The social platform says it has a problem with government-run efforts to manipulate public opinion.

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Space: Trump's Least Controversial Frontier

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:34:02 -0400

Unlike in other policy areas, the president can pay significant attention to the U.S. space program with little risk of backlash.

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People Are Calling In to a New 'Criminal Alien' Hotline With Reports of Extraterrestrials

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:55:05 -0400

On Wednesday, the administration launched a new office to “assist victims of crimes committed by criminal aliens.” Some rang in with reports of UFOs.

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How Will the Federal Government Protect Nuclear Safety in an Anti-Regulatory Climate?

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:00:00 -0400

The U.S. nuclear industry is struggling to compete with cheap natural gas and manage radioactive waste. Budget cuts and anti-regulatory pressure could worsen things by weakening federal oversight.Highly radioactive used nuclear fuel stored underwater at Unit 2, Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant, Southport, North Carolina.

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Could Donald Trump Really Send Astronauts to Mars in the Next Seven Years?

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:40:52 -0400

With a little help, maybe.President Donald Trump, flanked by NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, left, and his daughter Ivanka Trump, speaks with International Space Station Commander Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer, Monday.

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Why Are Government Websites So Bad?

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:45:39 -0400

The DMV's online portal is a car crash unto itself.

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Is There Room for Broadband in the Trump Infrastructure Agenda?

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:00:00 -0400

President Trump has touted infrastructure investment as a way to boost the U.S. economy. At the moment, he's missing a key opportunity – expanding broadband internet service.

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Army Exploring ‘Devastating’ New Weapon For Use In War with Russia

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:32:23 -0400

The Kinetic Energy Projectile would be a tungsten warhead that moves at three times the speed of sound, destroying anything in its path.A monorail dry-run test at Holloman Air Force Base in July 2013 had no payload and used three representative carbon-epoxy panels mounted on the top and sides of the sled.

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The Steady Rise of Digital Border Searches

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:39:23 -0400

At the current rate, customs agents are on track to increase inspections of travelers’ electronic devices by a third this year.A CBP Officer processes an incoming passenger at the Newark International Airport in 2010.

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