Defense

  • Heavy U.S. reliance on private security in Afghanistan has helped to line the pockets of the Taliban because contractors often don\'t vet local recruits and wind up hiring warlords and thugs.

    October 08, 2010
  • Subhead: Administration honors sustainability efforts by seven agencies with the 2010 GreenGov Presidential awards.

    October 07, 2010
  • Paul Brubaker, senior director for Cisco System\'s North America Public Sector Solutions, former deputy CIO at DoD and one of the people who crafted the legislation that created the CIO\'s over a decade ago, joined the DorobekINSIDER to discuss changes happening at the DoD CIO office.

    October 07, 2010
  • The massive shift of workers out of the National Security Personnel System over to the General Schedule is on track, Federal News Radio reports.

    October 07, 2010
  • With the help of robotics, nanotechnology and neuroscience, the Defense Department is creating an army that may look like the troops of today but is faster, stronger and more resilient, Wired reports.

    October 07, 2010
  • The NSPS Transition Office is working itself out of a job. We get an update from director John James.

    October 07, 2010
  • The protest by U.S. Aerospace and its partner, Ukrainian aircraft-maker Antonov has been denied.

    October 07, 2010
  • Are we witnessing the beginning of a cyber arms race? Seems like it. The Stuxnet computer virus is taking worries about cyber warfare to a new level. It\'s the first reported case of malicious software designed to sabotage industrial controls. Experts say it is a prototype of a cyber-weapon that will lead to a new global arms race. Computers will be the weapons. The program specifically targets control systems built by Siemens AG, a German equipment maker. Iran, the target of U.N. sanctions over its nuclear program, has been hit hardest of any country.

    October 06, 2010
  • Afghanistan has begun disbanding private security companies and confiscating their weapons. President Hamid Karzai said in August all private security companies had to close down within four months. It\'s part of part of a plan for the government to take over all security responsibilities beginning in 2014. Karzai says the firms are responsible for horrific accident and a series of killings, crimes and scandals.

    October 06, 2010
  • What led to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange\'s decision to release 75 thousand classified documents obtained from a U.S. Army private? A former group spokesman, who quit the organization said it was becoming consumed by its confrontation with the Pentagon. Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a German who said he left because of Assange\'s management style. He told Der Speigel he had serious problems with Assange\'s \"obsession\" with attacking the U.S. government.

    October 06, 2010
  • There is word that wiki-leaks is coming apart at the seams. The Associated Press says WikiLeaks is unraveling from internal turmoil and power struggles. Key staffers at the website have reportedly deserted the organization out of anger that founder Julian Assange unilaterally decided to publish tens of thousands of classified documents before enough work was done to protect the names of informants. Assange, a 39-year-old Australian, founded WikiLeaks in 2006 for people wishing to anonymously publish material that companies and governments want kept secret.

    October 06, 2010
  • David Wennergren is the new assistant deputy chief management officer for the Office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense.

    October 06, 2010
  • The Pentagon suspended its certification of Lockheed\'s system for tracking the progress on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the F-16 Fighting Falcon programs today, underscoring DoD\'s tough talk about running weapon buys as efficiently as possible.

    October 06, 2010
  • The Defense Department announced reassignments for its Seniors Executive Service.

    October 05, 2010