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TSA's Delete-O-Meter

February 28, 2008 The folks over at Evolution of Security, the Transportation Security Administration's new blog, want you to know just how much nasty language and how many mean-spirited attacks they've suffered through. So, starting today, they've added a ticker showing how many posts to the blog its moderator has decided not to...

Be the Data

January 25, 2008 More news about NASA and virtual worlds. This weekend's Virtual Worlds and Immersive Environments conference was held at the space agency's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif. Two days with some big names in virtual worlds should place NASA even more squarely on the virtual government map than it...

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Virtual training companies offer products to military

November 28, 2007 ORLANDO -- The palm trees are strung with Christmas lights here in the home of Disney World, and that's appropriate, because the military services arrived with wish lists in hand. At the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference, companies large and small listen to what the services say they need,...

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Making sensors more sensitive nets Army engineer top civilian award

November 21, 2007 In the new netcentric model of warfare, sensors play a huge role. They serve as sentinels, scouts, searchers, maintenance monitors and even aiming devices. In asymmetric warfare against an unconventional army that blends in with the local populace and attacks using hidden explosives, sensors are especially important. That's no doubt...

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Virtually There

October 17, 2007 Bart Bartlett, a military officer, drives me past a dead dog on a Baghdad street. "Is there an IED in that dog?" I ask. "Let's see," he says, parking the white SUV and hopping out. Almost immediately, there is an explosion. Black smoke obscures the view. Bartlett is knocked to...

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Virtually There

October 1, 2007 From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, any place anywhere can be modeled and used for training online. Bart Bartlett, a military officer, drives me past a dead dog on a Baghdad street. "Is there an IED in that dog?" I ask. "Let's see," he says, parking...

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Masterminds

September 15, 2007 Behind the scenes, C-title executives run the show. As our cover connotes, this issue is about the people who pull the strings behind the scenes in departments and agencies. The chiefs of finance, information, information security, human capital and acquisition aren't as widely known as Cabinet secretaries and agency heads....

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Burned Out

June 15, 2007 Equipment shortages and budget gaps leave states vulnerable to wildfires. Firefighters battled blazes in Los Angeles and New Jersey in May, against a backdrop of serious shortages of equipment among National Guard units across the country, an ongoing lack of firefighting aircraft, concern about covering the cost of battling blazes...

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Army launches video pitch for futuristic weapons program

January 8, 2007 The Army's crown jewel of transformation and network-centricity, the $120 billion Future Combat Systems, is under assault on Capitol Hill. FCS is intended to network soldiers and commanders with sensors, unmanned vehicles, a satellite-based Internet in the sky, and new vehicles, weapons and communications devices. Now, to tout the program...

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It's the Training Gain, Not the Game

January 1, 2007 Soldiers go online to stay alive in Iraq. The National Training Center at Fort Irwin, northeast of Barstow, Calif., is the pre-eminent place other than war to learn what combat, urban fighting, ambushes and, increasingly, counterinsurgency are like. But relatively few of the Army's units get to spend much time...