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There are conflicting reports concerning the future and the direction of an Air Force program designed to command and control cyberspace. Over the summer Air Force decided to halt operations towards the building of a Air Force Cyber Command – due mostly to the change in top brass, but also because AF was stepping on some Department of Defense toes when it decided to be the sole protector of cyberspace (much in the same way they “control” outer space).

Bob Brewin, of NextGov, reported yesterday that AF has “decided to pursue forming Cyber Command to defend Defense Department networks and to launch cyberattacks against foes after putting the project on hold in August,” as a result of some meetings in Colorado Springs, Colorado. But, the Air Force Times has drawn a decidedly different conclusion from those meetings. More on the flip side.
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The National Guard is so overtaxed from fighting the war in Iraq they lack the man power and the equipment to withstand natural disasters or attacks here at home according to a study released today. Today’s article in the Washington Post on the issue came with a few money lines:

“You shouldn’t be dealing with WMD scenarios with 52 pickup,” Punaro said, referring to a joke that involves scattering a deck of cards. “It needs to be part of the deliberative planning process.”

“It’s a food fight over resources going on right now,” Punaro said. “DOD can’t have it both ways. They can’t say they want it, ‘but only if we don’t have to pay for it,’ ” he said.

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It seems the editors at Stars and Strips have recently had a paradigm shift. The New York Times is reporting that senior editors at the paper have sent letters to the Department of Defense asking for full disclosure on the paper’s financing vis-à-vis a program called America Supports You. Stars and Stripes is funded via traditional advertising and government appropriations, but the issue at hand is that the newspaper has been used as a contracting agent for America Supports You. Apparently, the editors feel this financing situation could compromise the “independence” of the armed services newspaper. (more…)

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Condoleezza Rice and Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan held talks over the phone last night on the Turkish operations into northern Iraq against the PKK. The Turkish Military carried out a small strike on Monday as well as previous operations against PKK militants in Iraqi Kurdish areas. These raids were apparently aided by US intelligence being shared with the Turks. Although it appears not everyone down the chain of command was informed these attacks would be carried out. (more…)

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Back in June, we reported about the “Anbar Model”, aka paying sunni’s to fight with us instead of against us. This has continued and expanded. At the time we thought of myriad of reasons why this was a bad idea and a few why it might be ok. It seems as though we were right to second guess it. (more…)

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According to press accounts circulating in Canada, apparently a group of private citizens has been blocked from meeting during a visit by President Bush, by the US Military. (more…)

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The Hill is reporting that the some in the Senate, in a quiet addition to a defense bill, relaxed the rules against allowing convicts, drug addicts, and the mentally ill in the military. The provision hasn’t been passed into law yet, but since the Army missed its June recruitment goals, in what is looking like a consistent trend, we aren’t surprised to see this pop up.

Who better to send into a quagmire than criminals, the mentally ill and drug addicts? Wait, doesn’t that sound a little like the administration already involved? Guess this isn’t news after all.

Further:
Military Recruitment Of Blacks Plunges

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