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Last Build Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:39:09 -0400


The Air Force Doesn’t Know How to Test Its Future Robotic Wingmen

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:19:22 -0400

How do you surprise a drone that can revise its strategy hundreds of times in an eyeblink?The U.S. military is trying to figure out how best to test unmanned combat vehicles like the Navy's X-47B.

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Timing Glitch in DATA Act Makes It Impossible for IGs to Meet Reporting Deadline

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:58:38 -0400

Agencies won't have spending reports ready until 2017, so watchdogs get extension on reviewing those reports.Justice IG Michael Horowitz notified lawmakers that IGs will not be able to deliver their first reports on time.

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IRS Dropped $12M on an Email System That It Couldn’t Use

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:27:17 -0400

Inspector general faults procurement process for multi-year cloud subscriptions that didn’t work with the agency’s IT setup.

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The Apps They Carried: Software, Big Data, and the Fight for Mosul

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:43:05 -0400

A variety of digital tech tools aim to provide coalition forces some sense of the dangers around the next bend.A soldier from the 1st Battalion of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces takes part in during a training exercise to prepare for the operation to re-take Mosul from Islamic State militants in August.

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Facebook Is Ramping Up Its Counterterrorism Strategy

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:30:05 -0400

The social network is figuring out how terrorists use social media.

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Data-Theft Arrest Shows that Insider Threat Remains Despite Post-Snowden Security Improvements

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 15:36:36 -0400

The case of the NSA contractor arrested this week shows that the intelligence community has much further to go in stopping insider threats.Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, center speaks via video conference to people in the Johns Hopkins University auditorium, in Baltimore in February.

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Shooting for Space, to Make Life Better on Earth

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 15:53:49 -0400

Elaine Flowers Duncan, an engineer at NASA, talks about what drew her to rocket science.An artist concept of the Space Launch System (SLS), the project Elaine Duncan works on, in flight. According to NASA, the SLS will be the most powerful rocket ever built for deep space missions, including to an asteroid and ultimately to Mars.

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The FBI's Arrest of an NSA Contractor

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 10:08:03 -0400

A Maryland man who worked for Booz Allen Hamilton has been charged with stealing classified materials.The house of Harold Thomas Martin, a federal government contractor accused of stealing highly classified information, is seen in Glen Burnie, Maryland, on October 5, 2016.

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Yahoo Reportedly Helped the Government Spy On All Its Users’ Emails, As They Came In

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 10:30:50 -0400

It did what Apple refused to do for U.S. intelligence.California's Yahoo! Center is shown in 2011.

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GM Has Built A Stealth Truck for the Army

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 10:04:57 -0400

A new hydrogen fuel cell truck could put snipers behind enemy lines, in style.The Zh2 from GM specially designed for U.S. Army testing.

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GSA Launches ‘Federation’ to Standardize Governmentwide Data

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 11:55:21 -0400

Expansion of website is aimed at easing cross-agency comparisons.

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Obama White House Makes Big Final Push for Enduring IT Reforms

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:57:50 -0400

Officials cheer on agency and industry innovation at Open Data Summit.U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith said agency teams are “laying the foundation of the next wave of the data movement.”

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Feds: We Can Read Your Email and You'll Never Know

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:26:08 -0400

We don't expect our own government to hack our email – but it's happening, in secret, and if current court cases go badly, we may never know how often.

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Lawmakers Want More Than 'Half-Hearted' Response to Travel Card Use at Casinos, Strip Clubs

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:39:28 -0400

Defense Department watchdog reported 900 transactions from adult clubs and warned of security vulnerabilities.

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How the Air Force is Rapidly Mobilizing For Cyber War

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:40:35 -0400

New ideas about defense and new tables of organization are reshaping the service’s ideas about battle.

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The Intelligence Picture Over Iraq and Syria Has Gotten Much Cloudier

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:20:39 -0400

The leader of Air Combat Command says new players on the battlefield are complicating the air fight against ISIS.

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The Air Force Is Starting to Think About Its Next Strike Aircraft

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:57:17 -0400

Service leaders are laying groundwork for a new strike capability — even as they work to unground their F-35s.Crew chiefs from the 57th Wing Lightning Aircraft Maintenance Unit prepare an F-35A Lighting II for a training mission at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.

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Lift-off for NASA Mission to Collect Grains From an Asteroid That May Be on Collision Course with Earth

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 12:00:00 -0400

Scientists are hoping to collect 100g of material from asteroid Bennu.Artist’s conception of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft at Bennu asteroid.

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Colin Powell Advised Hillary Clinton on How to Skirt Email Security as Secretary of State

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 10:01:55 -0400

"I even used it to do business with some foreign leaders and some of the senior folks in the Department on their personal email accounts."

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After the NSA Hack: Cybersecurity in an Even More Vulnerable World

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:00:00 -0400

The top cyberspy agency couldn't stay immune from attacks forever. What does it mean for governments, companies and internet users as a whole that the NSA has been hacked?The National Security Agency exit on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in Maryland.

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How the Government’s Quest to Block Robocalls Ended Up In Court

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:59:03 -0400

As agencies embrace innovation contests, one entrepreneur cries foul.

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