President Obama and Russian President Medvedev held a private meeting on May 26th to discuss missile defense and security policy at the G-8 Economic Summit in France. The meeting comes after President Medvedev expressed concern over the United States\' current approach for missile defense in Europe, which would deploy land- and sea-based interceptors around Europe. After their meeting, the two leaders emphasized the need for continued cooperation on missile defense and the European-based missile defense shield.
The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have agreed to use commercial, open source software to develop a joint electronic health record. VA CIO Roger Baker will head the advisory board.
The system is to identify other combat units and prevent fratricide.
Veterans Affairs\' Dr. Ronald Przygodzki explains on the program will further the science of genomics.
Agency chief information officers say the road to more agile acquisition and development of information technology has some speed bumps, including misaligned budgetary and acquisition cycles, and industry partners who are just as accustomed to the old way of doing things as the government is.
The National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 passed the House on a 322-96 vote. The bill determines defense spending levels and policy.
Federal contractors are feeling the pinch of defense cuts. Federal News Radio spoke with Deb Alderson, president of SAIC\'s Defense Solutions Group, about how her company is adjusting to the cuts.
Who will be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff? The Associated Press indicates \"Two people familiar with President Barack Obama\'s search\" indicate he\'s chosen Army Gen. Martin Dempsey. Pentagon officials asked about it declined to comment on it way or the other. Dempsey would be an interesting choice because he just started a four-year term as Army chief of staff on April 11. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen\'s term ends Oct. 1.
The House is expected to vote today on the bill, which will set spending levels and policy for the DoD in fiscal year 2012.
The Defense Department has cut the number of military personnel in Pakistan.
The legislation would save taxpayers billions of dollars, claims the bill\'s sponsor Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif).
Defense Secretary Robert Gates is trying to prepare the defense industry for a huge decline in defense spending. Fiscal concerns could cause the Pentagon to abandon some military missions, and reduce the size of the armed forces. He\'s preparing to retire next month and in one of his last speeches, he told the American Enterprise Institute, that the days of post 9/11 unchallenged defense spend are numbered. He said neither the money nor the political support are there.
U/S intelligence agents are on the hunt around the world for Osama bin Laden\'s associates. Fred Burton, VP of intelligence at Stratfor says, \"the first step is the identification of the individual and the second step is what country are they located in and can you find them.\" Mullah Omar, Ayman at Zawahiri and Anwar al Awlaki are the top of the list. And if any of them are in Pakistan says Burton, \"That\'s going to pose a unique problem at this time.\" That problem is restoring trust between the two countries in time to capture them before they disappear.
DoD says there\'s a secure way for agencies to use open source software.