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Computer Security Problems at VA Doubled in Six Years

April 1, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) remains plagued by decades-old problems of unreliable and vulnerable networks and computer systems, putting the veterans they serve at risk, according to a recent government report. Despite years of documented weaknesses, the VA still has failed to shore up vulnerabilities, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.

Defense Secretary Hagel Launches High-Level Review of Military Medals Process

March 31, 2014
Sandra Jontz

The practice of awarding bronze stars to mid-level officers who never set foot outside the wire might see a demise similar to that of the controversial Distinguished Warfare Medal of a year ago, if a new department directive bears fruit. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this week directed each of the service leaders and combatant commanders to conduct a high-level, comprehensive review of military decorations and the awards program.

Veterans Unemployment Rate Dropped in 2013

March 21, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The unemployment rate for veterans of recent conflicts—that is, those who served during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts—dropped a bit last year, according to Labor Department statistics.

Floor Plan App Trades Measuring Tape for Mobile Tool

April 1, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

Creating a floor plan typically requires a tape measure and some patience, but the free RoomScan app for iPhone could make the process much easier.

Qatar to Develop Optionally Piloted Aircraft

March 27, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Thales recently announced the company has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Qatar Armed Forces to assist in the development of an Optionally Piloted Vehicle-Aircraft (OPV-A), a high-performance intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance system.

Defense Industry Leaders Seek More Government Input

March 26, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Defense industry leaders desire greater government involvement in the defense acquisition process, according to a recent survey released by the Government Business Council (GBC). Of the 340 survey participants, 85 percent of respondents noted positive outcome from more government involvement in the acquisition arena.

Navy News on the Go

March 25, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The U.S. Navy has launched a multiplatform mobile app to connect sailors and families with relevant and updated content.

App Tracks U.S. Economic Indicators and Trends

March 25, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

The America's Economy app from the U.S. Census Bureau provides real-time updates for 20 key economic indicators to track trends and changes.

Cyber Warrior Teams Vie for Big Win in CyberPatriot Bout

March 21, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Middle and high school student teams from 14 states will gather next week for CyberPatriot, a culminating competition in which they will be tested defend computers against cyberattacks.

Military Retirement Benefits to Stay As Is ... For Now

March 20, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Changes–if any–to the U.S. military retirement system will be a long time in the making if they come at all, a senior military leader told his sailors.

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