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Trump Signs Fiscal Year 2018 Defense Authorization

Trump Signs Fiscal Year 2018 Defense Authorization
By Jim Garamone

President Donald J. Trump signed the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act into law and it calls for $626 billion for the department’s base budget and another $66 billion for operations. The act includes a 2.4 percent pay raise for military personnel.


Published December 12, 2017 at 11:46AM
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South Asia Strategy Already Paying Off in Afghanistan, Official Says

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South Asia Strategy Already Paying Off in Afghanistan, Official Says
By Jim Garamone

The chief of the Resolute Support Mission’s future operations division in Afghanistan said government forces are developing momentum that will mean a very bad fighting season for the Taliban and other enemies of Afghanistan.



Published December 12, 2017 at 11:08AM
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Continuous Monitoring for Your Hybrid Cloud Systems | @CloudExpo #AWS #SaaS #Cloud

Cavirin Systems has just announced C2, a SaaS offering designed to bring continuous security assessment and remediation to hybrid environments, containers, and data centers. Cavirin C2 is deployed within Amazon Web Services (AWS) and features a flexible licensing model for easy scalability and clear pay-as-you-go pricing. Although native to AWS, it also supports assessment and remediation of virtual or container instances within Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), or on-premise. By drawing on a comprehensive library of curated industry guidelines, control frameworks, and best practices, Cavirin promises to keep a wary eye on your hybrid cloud security and help you harden it against real and potential threats. read more
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California Guard Aids Police in Helping Families Affected by Wildfires

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California Guard Aids Police in Helping Families Affected by Wildfires
By Army Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Cossel

Calm cloaked their anguish as California residents whose homes in Ventura were ravaged by the Thomas Fire lined up to wait for the chance to see their home, perhaps grab a few items, or even just to know what, if anything, was left.



Published December 12, 2017 at 05:51AM
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Reservists Bundle Christmas Joy for Remote Islanders

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Reservists Bundle Christmas Joy for Remote Islanders
By Air Force Master Sgt. Theanne Herrmann, 624th Regional Support Group

Air Force reservists from the 44th Aerial Port Squadron at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, worked alongside the people of Guam to fill boxes full of critical supplies as part of Operation Christmas Drop.



Published December 12, 2017 at 05:34AM
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Face of Defense: Recruiter Flies Around Remote Alaska to Fill Army Ranks

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Face of Defense: Recruiter Flies Around Remote Alaska to Fill Army Ranks
By Sean Kimmons

As a new recruiter working remote Alaskan villages scattered across an area larger than many U.S. states, Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert Masterman was on a path to defeat.



Published December 12, 2017 at 03:12AM
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USD/CAD Canadian Dollar Flat Ahead of Central Bank Week

USD/CAD Canadian Dollar Flat Ahead of Central Bank Week
MarketPulse (blog) - 4 hours agoThe Canadian dollar traded in a narrow range on Monday. The loonie ended last week lower versus the USD as tax reform hopes and a strong U.S. USD/CAD - Quiet Start to Week for Loonie - Baystreet.ca

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USD/CAD Canadian Dollar Flat Ahead of Central Bank Week

Iraqi, Syrian Democratic Forces Destroy ISIS’ ‘Caliphate’

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Iraqi, Syrian Democratic Forces Destroy ISIS’ ‘Caliphate’
By Jim Garamone

A Pentagon spokesman said that while Iraqi security forces and Syrian Democratic Forces have destroyed the idea of an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ‘Caliphate,’ much work remains to be done against the terror group.



Published December 11, 2017 at 10:32AM
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Small Army Post Supports Counterterrorism Fight in Africa

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Small Army Post Supports Counterterrorism Fight in Africa
By Sean Kimmons

At an Army outpost in a sun-scorched area of northern Cameroon, there's a small task force with larger implications than its size may suggest.



Published December 11, 2017 at 08:55AM
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Innovative Physical Therapy Program Increases Readiness

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Innovative Physical Therapy Program Increases Readiness
By Air Force Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega Jr.

An innovative system is helping airmen remain physically capable, allowing them to be more productive and mission-ready in their duties.



Published December 11, 2017 at 06:27AM
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Marshall Center, Munich Security Conference Host Russia-Focused Policy Discussions

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Marshall Center, Munich Security Conference Host Russia-Focused Policy Discussions
By Christine June and Josh Southworth

The George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and the Munich Security Conference’s Loisach Group met to discuss transatlantic policy solutions focused on Russia.



Published December 11, 2017 at 04:48AM
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Face of Defense: Navy Recruiter Credits Success to Hard Work

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Face of Defense: Navy Recruiter Credits Success to Hard Work
By Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Giselle Christmas, Navy Recruiting District San Antonio

A recruiter assigned to Navy Recruiting District San Antonio has proved that refusing to shy away from hard work and responsibility does not go unnoticed.



Published December 11, 2017 at 03:32AM
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Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq

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Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq
By DoD News

U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.



Published December 11, 2017 at 03:05AM
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Military Seeks to Learn Lessons of 2017 Hurricane Season

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Military Seeks to Learn Lessons of 2017 Hurricane Season
By Jim Garamone

The most recent hurricane season was not unprecedented in terms of the number of storms, but it was unprecedented in terms of damage, the commander of U.S. Army North said in a recent interview.



Published December 11, 2017 at 02:56AM
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Black Knights Squeak Past Midshipmen in Army-Navy Game

Black Knights Squeak Past Midshipmen in Army-Navy Game
By Jim Garamone

The Army-Navy game went down to the wire, with Navy missing a 48-yard field goal and the Army winning 14-13.


Published December 09, 2017 at 02:51PM
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[slides] Wild West of Gemini Test Automation | @CloudExpo #DevOps #AI #ML #DX

Gemini is Yahoo’s native and search advertising platform. To ensure the quality of a complex distributed system that spans multiple products and components and across various desktop websites and mobile app and web experiences – both Yahoo owned and operated and third-party syndication (supply), with complex interaction with more than a billion users and numerous advertisers globally (demand) – it becomes imperative to automate a set of end-to-end tests 24x7 to detect bugs and regression. In their session at 21st Cloud Expo, Jenny Hung, E2E Engineer Manager at Yahoo Gemini, Haoran Zhao, Software Engineer at Oath Gemini, and Lin Zhang, Software Engineer at Oath (Yahoo), described the technical challenges and the principles we followed to build a reliable and scalable test automation infrastructure across desktops, mobile apps, and mobile web platforms on the cloud. They also shared some best practices for advanced automated testing of web and mobile applications. read more
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Using DEM to Avoid Common Ecommerce Pitfalls | @CloudExpo #Cloud #DigitalTransformation

Digital experience monitoring plays a vital role in the ecommerce economy. The industry is booming with millions of websites selling everything imaginable. Online stores are expected to be super fast and easy to navigate; users are quick to assess website performance and if said perceived performance is below expectations, they will quickly move on to competitor’s website. read more
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How Access Management Protects Today’s No-Perimeter Network | #SDN #Cloud #Security

The rule of thumb for network security today is that there is no perimeter anymore. An outsider can easily become an insider once perimeter security is breached. Every day, attackers find new ways to breach enterprise perimeter security through ransomware, malware or phishing through social engineering. This is not to suggest that all is lost. Rather, organizations can defeat cybercriminals, in part, by better managing what has already been put in place. As an example of what can go wrong if that doesn’t happen, consider the following story. read more
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What to Automate and What Not to Automate | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Automation

The benefits of automation are well documented; it increases productivity, cuts cost and minimizes errors. It eliminates repetitive manual tasks, freeing us up to be more innovative. By that logic, surely, we should automate everything possible, right? So, is attempting to automate everything a sensible - even feasible - goal? In a word: no. Consider this your short guide as to what to automate and what not to automate. read more
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[slides] Enterprise-Wide Agile Transformation | @CloudExpo #DX #Agile #DigitalTransformation

Agile has finally jumped the technology shark, expanding outside the software world. Enterprises are now increasingly adopting Agile practices across their organizations in order to successfully navigate the disruptive waters that threaten to drown them. In our quest for establishing change as a core competency in our organizations, this business-centric notion of Agile is an essential component of Agile Digital Transformation. In the years since the publication of the Agile Manifesto, the connection between building better software and business agility has been a tenuous one at best. But now that Agile is maturing and Digital Transformation is driving change across enterprises large and small, companies are realizing that their best bet for achieving business agility is to take the best of Agile and apply it across the entire organization. read more
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[slides] #ArtificialIntelligence at Scale | @ExpoDX #IoT #AI #ML #DX #DigitalTransformation

The question before companies today is not whether to become intelligent, it’s a question of how and how fast. The key is to adopt and deploy an intelligent application strategy while simultaneously preparing to scale that intelligence. In her session at 21st Cloud Expo, Sangeeta Chakraborty, Chief Customer Officer at Ayasdi, provided a tactical framework to become a truly intelligent enterprise, including how to identify the right applications for AI, how to build a Center of Excellence to operationalize the intelligence and how to implement a strategy to scale efforts. She pulled from her experience helping tackle HSBC's anti-laundering threats and identifying genetic susceptibilities of diseases for Mt. Sinai with machine intelligence. read more
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[slides] #DNS and #DigitalTransformation | @ExpoDX #IoT #AI #ML #DX #SaaS

In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Carl J. Levine, Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1, will objectively discuss how DNS is used to solve Digital Transformation challenges in large SaaS applications, CDNs, AdTech platforms, and other demanding use cases. Carl J. Levine is the Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1. A veteran of the Internet Infrastructure space, he has over a decade of experience with startups, networking protocols and Internet infrastructure, combined with the unique ability to iterate use cases, bring understanding to those seeking to explore complicated technical concepts and increase revenue across diverse sales channels. read more
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How Much Does a Mobile App Cost? | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Mobility

How much does it cost to make an app is almost as popular a question as it is confusing. No one tries to learn the exact costs of, say, making a movie: people realize that there’s an overwhelming amount of variables involved on which they depend. But almost every day a new inquiry is posted on a tech forum, Quora, or Reddit as to how much it’d take to build a mobile business app. read more
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Airstrikes Kill 5 al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula Members in Yemen

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Airstrikes Kill 5 al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula Members in Yemen
By DoD News

U.S. airstrikes killed five al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula operatives in Yemen’s al-Bayda governorate in an effort to disrupt the terrorist's attack networks.



Published December 08, 2017 at 08:11AM
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Army Africa Chief Visits Nigeria, Addresses Inaugural War College Class

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Army Africa Chief Visits Nigeria, Addresses Inaugural War College Class
By Army Capt. James Sheehan

U.S. Army Africa’s acting commanding general visited Nigeria to engage with senior land force’s chiefs and share his academic insights with war college students in Abuja.



Published December 08, 2017 at 07:36AM
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‘Robot Dog’ Improves Special Operations’ Canine Medical Aid Practices

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‘Robot Dog’ Improves Special Operations’ Canine Medical Aid Practices
By Marine Corps Cpl. Bryann K. Whitley, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command

Multipurpose canine handlers with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, used a robotic canine training mannequin for the first time during hands-on medical training at Stone Bay, Camp Lejeune, N.C.



Published December 08, 2017 at 06:49AM
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How to Manage, Deliver and Govern Hybrid Cloud Services | @CloudExpo #SaaS #ITaaS #Cloud

Many enterprise and government IT organizations are realizing the benefits of cloud computing by extending IT delivery and management processes across private and public cloud services. But they are often challenged with balancing the need for centralized cloud governance without stifling user-driven innovation. This strategy requires an approach that fundamentally reshapes how IT is delivered today, shifting the focus from infrastructure to services aggregation, and mixing and matching the best services for meeting organizations’ current and future needs. read more
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Firefighters Brave, Extinguish Flames at Patriot Warrior Exercise

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Firefighters Brave, Extinguish Flames at Patriot Warrior Exercise
By Air Force Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez, 4th Combat Camera Squadron

Patriot Warrior is the U.S. Air Force Reserve Command's four-week exercise at Young Air Assault Strip and Volk Field Air National Guard Base, in Wisconson.



Published December 08, 2017 at 06:20AM
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Canadian dollar firms as oil prices climb, US wages disappoint

Canadian dollar firms as oil prices climb, US wages disappoint
The Globe and Mail - 1 hour agoCanadian dollar edged higher against its U.S. counterpart on Friday, supported by higher oil prices and firm domestic data, while investors weighed a U.S.
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Canadian dollar firms as oil prices climb, US wages disappoint

AI Is Not “Fake” Intelligence | @ExpoDX #AI #ML #DX #ArtificialIntelligence

Quick quiz! What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the following phrases? Artificial grass Artificial sweeteners Artificial flavors Artificial plants read more
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Malmstrom AFB Unit Earns Top DoD Maintenance Award

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Malmstrom AFB Unit Earns Top DoD Maintenance Award
By DoD News

The 341st Maintenance Group, 341st Missile Wing, Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., is this year’s recipient of the Defense Department’s Phoenix Award for Maintenance Excellence.



Published December 08, 2017 at 05:34AM
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[video] The Business Drivers for DevOps with @CAinc | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #ContinuousDelivery

"CA has been doing a lot of things in the area of DevOps. Now we have a complete set of tool sets in order to enable customers to go all the way from planning to development to testing down to release into the operations," explained Aruna Ravichandran, Vice President of Global Marketing and Strategy at CA Technologies, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. read more
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Face of Defense: Strong-Willed Soldier Gives Cancer the Boot

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Face of Defense: Strong-Willed Soldier Gives Cancer the Boot
By Annette P. Gomes

Described as strong, smart, driven and determined -- one would be surprised to find Army Spc. Courtney Jones doesn’t don a Wonder Woman costume, but she displays her red, white and blue human spirit through the Army uniform she wears.



Published December 08, 2017 at 03:37AM
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The COO and President of GoDaddy is Exercising Options

See which 3 stocks are most likely to make moves following their insider activities. GoDaddy, Inc. engages in the provision of domain name registration and web hosting services. It provides website building, hosting, and security tools. The company was founded by Robert R. Parsons on January 1997 ...
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Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

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Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq
By DoD News

U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.



Published December 08, 2017 at 03:13AM
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Build It, Buy It, or Open Source: The Software Dilemma | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #OpenSource

One problem that all developers and companies struggle with is trying to decide if they should "build it" or "buy it". Software developers love to build things. That is what we do! Their natural reaction tends to lean towards building things. We are also always up for a new challenge. There are very good reasons for building or buying software. There are also good reasons to use open source projects, which is a third option. read more
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Containers, or Container Management? | @DevOpsSummit @DMacVittie #DevOps #Docker #Kubernetes

We just came off of a review of a product that handles both containers and virtual machines in the same interface. Under the covers, implementation of containers defaults to LXC, though recently Docker support was added. When reading online, or searching for information, increasingly we see “Container Management” products listed as competitors to Docker, when in reality things like Rocket, LXC/LXD, and Virtualization are Dockers competitors. After doing some looking around, we have decided that this shift in how Docker is perceived in the market is due largely to the fact that it is easy to set up and begin using. Inevitably, if the Docker install is large enough, something like Docker Enterprise Edition, Kubernetes, Apache Mesos/DCOS will be required to container management, but for the entry level, “container management” has less stringent requirements. read more
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[video] @IBMBlockchain | @ExpoDX #AI #ML #FinTech #Blockchain #Bitcoin

"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. read more
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Canadian dollar slips from five-week high as oil falls, greenback rallies

Canadian dollar slips from five-week high as oil falls, greenback rallies
The Globe and Mail - Dec 4, 2017Canada's central bank has said it is "data dependent." It is expected to leave its benchmark interest rate steady at 1 per cent on Wednesday. Loonie retreats from earlier five-week high as oil falls - BNN

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[slides] Scheduling Techniques in #Kubernetes | @DevOpsSummit @Kublr #CloudNative #DevOps #Docker

Is advanced scheduling in Kubernetes achievable?Yes, however, how do you properly accommodate every real-life scenario that a Kubernetes user might encounter? How do you leverage advanced scheduling techniques to shape and describe each scenario in easy-to-use rules and configurations? In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Oleg Chunikhin, CTO at Kublr, answered these questions and demonstrated techniques for implementing advanced scheduling. For example, using spot instances and cost-effective resources on AWS, coupled with the ability to deliver a minimum set of functionalities that cover the majority of needs – without configuration complexity. read more
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Pacific Fleet Commander: Pearl Harbor Response Had No Shortage of Bravery

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Pacific Fleet Commander: Pearl Harbor Response Had No Shortage of Bravery
By DoD News

Amid the chaos of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 76 years ago, there was no shortage of bravery, as sailors, soldiers, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen overcame shock, uncertainty and fear to find something greater within themselves: a grim determination to survive and an unwavering resolve to fight, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said.



Published December 07, 2017 at 11:51AM
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Officials Announce First DoD-Wide Audit, Call for Budget Certainty

Officials Announce First DoD-Wide Audit, Call for Budget Certainty
By Jim Garamone

The Defense Department is starting the first agencywide financial audit in its history, Pentagon officials announced.


Published December 07, 2017 at 11:15AM
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Safeguarding Against Workplace Violence

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Safeguarding Against Workplace Violence
By Elaine Sanchez

The Department of Defense defines workplace violence as “any act of physical violence, threats of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, bullying, verbal or nonverbal threat, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at or outside the work site.”



Published December 07, 2017 at 08:57AM
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Top Policy Official: Military Not Only Solution to Terrorism in Africa

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Top Policy Official: Military Not Only Solution to Terrorism in Africa
By Terri Moon Cronk

The acting undersecretary of defense for policy said on Capitol Hill that U.S.-led efforts in Africa are vitally important as African nations confront complex and growing threats from multiple terrorist groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, al-Qaida affiliates and other extremist groups such as Boko Haram.



Published December 07, 2017 at 08:23AM
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Acquisitions Chief Details DoD Efforts to Speed, Reform Acquisition Processes

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Acquisitions Chief Details DoD Efforts to Speed, Reform Acquisition Processes
By Jim Garamone

The Defense Department is charging ahead in using new authorities to streamline, speed up and reform the acquisition system to ensure warfighters get what they need when they need it, the Pentagon's top acquisition official told the Senate Armed Services Committee.



Published December 07, 2017 at 08:17AM
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DoD Salutes Acquisition Workforce at Pentagon Ceremony

DoD Salutes Acquisition Workforce at Pentagon Ceremony
By Terri Moon Cronk

The Defense Department honored 17 individuals and two organizations within the department’s acquisition community in the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes.


Published December 07, 2017 at 08:04AM
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Sailors Honored at USS Utah Ceremony

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Sailors Honored at USS Utah Ceremony
By Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabrielle Joyner, Navy Public Affairs Support Element Detachment Hawaii

Service members, families and friends gathered at sunset around the USS Utah Memorial on historic Ford Island to honor victims of the Pearl Harbor attacks with a ceremony and interment service.



Published December 07, 2017 at 07:45AM
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MongoDB Basics: Configuring Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #OpenSource

MongoDB, an open-source document store and most popular NoSQL database on the market today, offers a variety of advanced features to administer security over your MongoDB deployments. In this tutorial post, we’re going to show you how to set up role-based access control (RBAC) to manage user access across your MongoDB systems for reIndex, mongodump and mongorestore. If you're the administrator of your MongoDB databases, you've likely received requests to provide an individual user with the capabilities to perform a certain action(s). MongoDB's security features are fairly mature now, and allow you to create and assign very granular role-based access control. read more
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Guard Troops Were Training When Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor

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Guard Troops Were Training When Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor
By DoD News

National Guard troops were already training on Dec. 7, 1941, when military forces of the Empire of Japan attacked the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. This year marks the 76th anniversary of the attack, which killed or wounded more than 3,400 U.S. military personnel and more than 100 civilians and inflicted significant damage upon the Pacific Fleet and to the Army Air Corps squadrons stationed in Hawaii.



Published December 07, 2017 at 05:40AM
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[slides] A Cloud-based HPC Visualization Cluster | @CloudExpo @PenguinHPC #Cloud #Containers

Data scientists must access high-performance computing resources across a wide-area network. To achieve cloud-based HPC visualization, researchers must transfer datasets and visualization results efficiently. HPC clusters now compute GPU-accelerated visualization in the cloud cluster. To efficiently display results remotely, a high-performance, low-latency protocol transfers the display from the cluster to a remote desktop. Further, tools to easily mount remote datasets and efficiently transfer that data into the HPC cluster are described, including performance characterization results. read more
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Face of Defense: Father, Son Reunite for C-130 Mission

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Face of Defense: Father, Son Reunite for C-130 Mission
By Air Force Senior Airman Mercedes Taylor, 19th Airlift Wing

Air Force Airman Trevor Armentrout, a loadmaster, followed his father, Air Force Col. Jeffrey Armentrout, 302nd Airlift Wing vice commander and C-130H3 Hercules pilot, by joining the Air Force Reserve.



Published December 07, 2017 at 03:17AM
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Why Self-Organization Demands a New Reality | @ExpoDX #DX #ML #Agile

"This all sounds great. But it's just not realistic." This is what a group of five senior IT executives told me during a workshop I held not long ago. We were working through an exercise on the organizational characteristics necessary to successfully execute a digital transformation, and the group was doing their ‘readout.' The executives loved everything we discussed and agreed that if such an environment existed, it would make transformation much easier. They just didn't believe it was realistic. read more
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Canadian dollar to rise once NAFTA uncertainty clears: Reuters poll

Canadian dollar to rise once NAFTA uncertainty clears: Reuters poll
Reuters Canada - 30 minutes ago23-28. President Trump has threatened to withdraw from the trade pact if it is not reworked in favor of the United States, and his negotiating team has set proposals that have alarmed their Canadian and Mexican counterparts. Dollar inches up, shakes off weakness vs yen, Bitcoin briefly tops $14000 - Reuters
FOREX-Dollar rebounds vs yen, bitcoin surges above $14000 - Nasdaq

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Canadian dollar to rise once NAFTA uncertainty clears: Reuters poll

County moves forward with email update

After much discussion, the Morgan County Board of Commissioners gave approval Monday morning to begin contract negotiations with the Telemagen company on updating the county's email service to the Office ... Items such as bridge materials and asphalt are bid on a bulk basis for the entire year.
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DoD Urges Congress to Pass FY18 Budget

DoD Urges Congress to Pass FY18 Budget
By Jim Garamone

A spokesman said the Pentagon urged Congress to pass the Fiscal Year 2018 Defense Appropriations Bill before the current continuing resolution expires.


Published December 06, 2017 at 10:23AM
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How You Can Ride the Artificial Intelligence Wave | @ThingsExpo #AI #ML #IoT #M2M

From government to retail to oil and gas, it seems like everyone is exploring how to use AI in their industry or business. It’s time for you to do the same. There’s no question that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is on a lot of people’s minds these days, and is beginning to grow rapidly in adoption. Quoting Accenture, Forbes reports AI-driven productivity gains of perhaps 40% by 2035, and publications like the New York Times are noting the buzz, even as they ask, why now? Even if you don’t think you’ll be adopting AI for yourself just yet, you need to at least consider the broader impact the technology will have on your industry or organization, and be prepared for a changing environment. Mark Armstrong read more
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Pentagon Announces Troop Levels in Iraq, Syria

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Pentagon Announces Troop Levels in Iraq, Syria
By Jim Garamone

The United States has about 5,200 troops in Iraq and 2,000 in Syria, and those numbers are trending down, Pentagon officials said.



Published December 06, 2017 at 09:40AM
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Cyber Advisor Stresses Developing Human Capital to Counter Adversaries

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Cyber Advisor Stresses Developing Human Capital to Counter Adversaries
By Christine June

The scope, sophistication, pace and spread of today’s cyber threats is unmatched in history, the deputy principal cyber advisor to the secretary of defense said.



Published December 06, 2017 at 09:09AM
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TSX up, Canadian dollar down after Bank of Canada interest rate announcement

TSX up, Canadian dollar down after Bank of Canada interest rate announcement
Toronto Star - 1 hour agoTSX up, Canadian dollar down after Bank of Canada interest rate announcement. Following the Bank of Canada's latest decision to keep its key interest rate target on hold at one per cent, the TSX saw increases, while the loonie was trading at 78.32 ... Toronto Stock Exchange gains 66 points; dollar down half a cent - Times Colonist
Toronto stocks higher, loonie lower after Bank of Canada rate announcement - TheChronicleHerald.ca

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Caribbean Nations Must Evolve Networks to Face New Challenges, Tidd Says

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Caribbean Nations Must Evolve Networks to Face New Challenges, Tidd Says
By Jim Garamone

Networks are a fact of life in the world today and they are both the problem and the solution, U.S. Southern Command’s chief said at the Caribbean Nations Security Conference in Georgetown, Guyana.



Published December 06, 2017 at 07:20AM
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Program Boosts Special Forces Members’ Physical, Mental Capabilities

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Program Boosts Special Forces Members’ Physical, Mental Capabilities
By Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Wyatt, 10th Special Forces Group

Special Forces soldiers, known as Green Berets, are some of the most highly-trained troops in the Army. Their readiness requires them to have a performance training program designed to increase physical performance and emotional well-being, prevent injuries and improve mental skills necessary to perform optimally in training and combat operations.



Published December 06, 2017 at 06:14AM
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Announcing @TelecomReseller Named “Media Sponsor” of @CloudExpo | #Cloud #RTC #UCaaS #WebRTC

SYS-CON Events announced today that Telecom Reseller has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Telecom Reseller reports on Unified Communications, UCaaS, BPaaS for enterprise and SMBs. They report extensively on both customer premises based solutions such as IP-PBX as well as cloud based and hosted platforms. read more
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Fort Stewart Soldiers Stand Together to Prevent Suicide

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Fort Stewart Soldiers Stand Together to Prevent Suicide
By Army Pfc. Calab Franklin, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division

Medical professionals from the 3rd Infantry Division’s 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team and embedded behavioral health specialists from Fort Stewart, Georgia, used a car show to engage participants in conversation surrounding suicide.



Published December 06, 2017 at 04:23AM
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Insider Buying: Uniserve Communications Co. (USS) Director Buys 51000 Shares of Stock

It offers high speed Internet, phones and long distance, Web hosting, email, domain registration, fiber optic connectivity, bonded broadband, hosted PBX, data center and co-location, and cloud computing services; building and site security through remote IP video monitoring and analytics; managed IT ...
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Face of Defense: Daughter Follows Father’s Path to National Guard

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Face of Defense: Daughter Follows Father’s Path to National Guard
By Army Capt. Robert Taylor, Idaho Army National Guard

Army Lt. Col. Paul Boice raised his right hand and cited the oath of enlistment. It was the first time he had ever sworn someone into the Idaho Army National Guard. The enlistee was Boice’s 17-year-old daughter, Army Pvt. Simmone Boice.



Published December 06, 2017 at 03:22AM
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Canadian-dollar bulls look for hawkish central bank and a rate hike by March

Canadian-dollar bulls look for hawkish central bank and a rate hike by March
MarketWatch - 15 hours agoA positive message from the central bank along with unchanged rates “would keep alive hopes for a March lending rate increase and likely, keep the Canadian dollar pointed higher,” said Omer Esiner, chief market analyst for Commonwealth Currency ...
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Industry Verticals Tackle Unstructured Data | @CloudExpo #Cloud #BigData #Storage

Organizations around the world are struggling to cope with the current data explosion. A vital characteristic of this data is that it is unstructured and represents things like email, images, and videos. Storage of this form of data is typically in an object format which differs significantly from the database norm. Databases housed data grows very slowly because most of it is structured. Object storage formats are now being used to optimize access to large amounts of non-transactional files across a growing number of vertical markets. read more
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U.S.-Kuwaiti Partnership Forged in 1991 Liberation Endures, Mattis Says

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U.S.-Kuwaiti Partnership Forged in 1991 Liberation Endures, Mattis Says
By Terri Moon Cronk

The relationship forged between the United States and Kuwait during the war for Kuwait’s liberation in 1991 continues to grow, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told reporters traveling with him as his plane left Kuwait to return to the United States.



Published December 05, 2017 at 05:23PM
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Mattis Thanks Kuwaiti Emir for Ongoing Support

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Mattis Thanks Kuwaiti Emir for Ongoing Support
By DoD News

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis thanked Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah for his country's ongoing support in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and for Kuwait's hospitality in hosting coalition service members.



Published December 05, 2017 at 05:14PM
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Hosting Marketers Steps up Streaming with RED5, Wowza and FFMPEG Hosting

Based in the U.S., Hosting Marketers offers a complete suite of professional services that includes website hosting, domain name registration, design ...
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[video] @GoogleCloud's DX Keynote | @ExpoDX @VidyaNagarajan #AI #DigitalTransformation

Coca-Cola’s Google powered digital signage system lays the groundwork for a more valuable connection between Coke and its customers. Digital signs pair software with high-resolution displays so that a message can be changed instantly based on what the operator wants to communicate or sell. In their Day 3 Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola, and Vidya Nagarajan, a Senior Product Manager at Google, discussed how from store operations and optimization to employee training and insights, all ultimately create the best customer experience both online and in-store. read more
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Hacking the Autonomous Vehicle | @ExpoDX @Schmarzo #AI #IoT #M2M #Sensors #DigitalTransformation

I love it when I get feedback from a blog that I’ve written. I appreciate the different perspectives and insights that others bring to a topic of interest. And no blog that I’ve written has drawn more comments than my blog, “Isaac Asimov: The 4th Law of Robotics.” The section of the blog that fueled the most comments stem from a scene in the movie I, Robot where Detective Spooner (played by Will Smith) is explaining to Doctor Calvin (who is responsible for giving robots human-like behaviors) why he distrusts and hates robots. He is describing an incident where his police car crashed into another car and both cars were thrown into a cold and deep river – certain death for all occupants. read more
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U.S., Brazilian Doctors Partner to Bring Medical Care to Amazon

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U.S., Brazilian Doctors Partner to Bring Medical Care to Amazon
By Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Brame

Five Navy doctors recently boarded the Brazilian navy hospital ship and began a monthlong humanitarian mission that will take them deep into the Amazon. These U.S. doctors are working closely with the Brazilian navy to deliver healthcare to some of the isolated peoples in the world.



Published December 05, 2017 at 07:50AM
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No Day at the Beach: U.S. Troops Learn Desert Commando Skills

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No Day at the Beach: U.S. Troops Learn Desert Commando Skills
By Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore

U.S. service members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa geared up with their French counterparts for the French Desert Commando Course at the Djibouti Range Complex.



Published December 05, 2017 at 07:30AM
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Java 8 idioms: Using closures to capture state

Whereas lambda expressions rely on internal parameters and constants, closures look to variables for additional information. Find out how to use closures to carry state from a defining context to the point of execution in your programs.

Officials Meet in Baghdad to Discuss Coalition Support for Iraqi Forces

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Officials Meet in Baghdad to Discuss Coalition Support for Iraqi Forces
By DoD News

The High Level Committee of the Iraqi Ministry of Defense and Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve met in Baghdad to discuss the way forward for the coalition’s continued support of the Iraqi security forces.



Published December 05, 2017 at 06:54AM
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NATO Seeks Increased Cooperation with European Union

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NATO Seeks Increased Cooperation with European Union
By Jim Garamone

Foreign ministers from Europe and North America will examine new ways to increase the interoperability between NATO and the European Union as they meet in Brussels. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will join his fellow foreign ministers for meetings at NATO headquarters. The foreign ministers also are preparing for the alliance's July summit in Brussels, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.



Published December 05, 2017 at 06:10AM
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[slides] Extend User Experience of WebRTC | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #RTC #WebRTC

WebRTC is great technology to build your own communication tools. It will be even more exciting experience it with advanced devices, such as a 360 Camera, 360 microphone, and a depth sensor camera. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Masashi Ganeko, a manager at INFOCOM Corporation, introduced two experimental projects from his team and what they learned from them. "Shotoku Tamago" uses the robot audition software HARK to track speakers in 360 video of a remote party. "Virtual Teleport" uses a multiple Intel RealSense Depth Camera to scan 3D and build 3D models in real-time, and display as hologram in front of remote participants. read more
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Mattis, Malaysian Counterpart Confer on Regional Security Issues

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Mattis, Malaysian Counterpart Confer on Regional Security Issues
By DoD News

A discussion of regional security issues highlighted a phone call between Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.



Published December 05, 2017 at 05:43AM
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Face of Defense: New Pilot Takes First Flight in Home Unit

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Face of Defense: New Pilot Takes First Flight in Home Unit
By Air Force Capt. Matt Murphy, 156th Airlift Wing

Air Force 2nd Lt. Isaias Rivera, the newest pilot in the 156th Airlift Wing at Muniz Air National Guard Base in Puerto Rico, is a former enlisted aircraft mechanic who's now "living a dream" as a military pilot of WC-130H Hercules weather reconnaissance aircraft.



Published December 05, 2017 at 03:03AM
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[slides] RTC Testing Evolution with WebRTC | @ThingsExpo #RTC #WebRTC #Telecom

It is of utmost importance for the future success of WebRTC to ensure that interoperability is operational between web browsers and any WebRTC-compliant client. To be guaranteed as operational and effective, interoperability must be tested extensively by establishing WebRTC data and media connections between different web browsers running on different devices and operating systems. In his session at WebRTC Summit at @ThingsExpo, Dr. Alex Gouaillard, CEO and Founder of CoSMo Software, presented a comprehensive view of the numerous testing challenges researchers have faced before arriving at the first release candidate of the WebRTC specifications. read more
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Hosting Marketers Steps Up Streaming with RED5, Wowza and FFMPEG Hosting

Based in the U.S., Hosting Marketers offers a complete suite of professional services that includes website hosting, domain name registration, design and development. The Hosting Marketers team is made up of highly-qualified experts in their field who are dedicated to providing the best services ...
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Secretary Recognizes Pakistan’s Sacrifices, Role in Counterterrorism Fight

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Secretary Recognizes Pakistan’s Sacrifices, Role in Counterterrorism Fight
By DoD News

Speaking to senior Pakistani officials in Islamabad, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis recognized Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war on terrorism, a Pentagon spokesperson said.



Published December 04, 2017 at 07:01AM
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Soldiers Train, Provide Christmas Cheer at Operation Toy Drop

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Soldiers Train, Provide Christmas Cheer at Operation Toy Drop
By Army Sgt. Nicole Paese, 361st Press Camp Headquarters

Hundreds of U.S. Army and foreign airborne troops gathered at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Dec. 1-2 to get in some airborne training and provide Christmas cheer to local children during the 20th annual Operation Toy Drop.



Published December 04, 2017 at 06:39AM
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Iomart Group (IOM) Receives Buy Rating from Peel Hunt

Iomart Group (LON:IOM)'s stock had its “buy” rating reiterated by Peel Hunt in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday. ... The Easyspace segment provides a range of shared hosting and domain registration services to micro, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) ...
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Face of Defense: Sailor, Recruits Help to Harvest Community Garden

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Face of Defense: Sailor, Recruits Help to Harvest Community Garden
By Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Walter, Navy Recruiting District Nashville

The harvest was plentiful, though the workers were few, and Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Brandon Weintraut had an idea.



Published December 04, 2017 at 03:36AM
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Officials Provide Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS

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Officials Provide Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS
By DoD News

U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.



Published December 04, 2017 at 03:24AM
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Mattis Pleased With Results of Aqaba Conference

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Mattis Pleased With Results of Aqaba Conference
By Jim Garamone

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said today that the Aqaba Conference in Jordan shows that nations can work together to address shared threats despite having different domestic agendas and foreign policies.



Published December 03, 2017 at 01:42PM
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National Security Advisor Hints at Basis of Trump’s National Security Strategy

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National Security Advisor Hints at Basis of Trump’s National Security Strategy
By Jim Garamone

During a speech to the Reagan National Defense Forum, President Donald J. Trump’s national security advisor gave hints on what the president’s upcoming national security strategy will contain.



Published December 03, 2017 at 04:18AM
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Shanahan Makes Case for Budget Stability, Says Situation ‘Is Not Normal’

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Shanahan Makes Case for Budget Stability, Says Situation ‘Is Not Normal’
By Jim Garamone

The Defense Department has clear orders from President Donald J. Trump “to build a stronger military, take care of our men and women, and excel in our business operations,” Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said.



Published December 03, 2017 at 03:52AM
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Mattis, Defense Leaders Meet to Discuss Countering Radicalization, Terrorism

Mattis, Defense Leaders Meet to Discuss Countering Radicalization, Terrorism
By DoD News

Defense Secretary of James N. Mattis attended the Aqaba Process, a conference held in Aqaba, Jordan, focused on countering radicalization a Pentagon spokesperson said.


Published December 03, 2017 at 03:39AM
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Williams Jones & Associates Trimmed Abbott Labs Com (ABT) Position; GMO INTERNET ORD ...

It offers Internet infrastructure services, including domain registration, Web hosting, Web design, Internet security, e-commerce tools, and payment processing; and online advertising and media, and search engine marketing services, as well as JWord, a Japanese language search tool. It has a 40.28 P/E ...
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U.S. Must Move Faster or Risk Losing Lead in Space

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U.S. Must Move Faster or Risk Losing Lead in Space
By Jim Garamone

The U.S. advantage in space is eroding and the military must move faster to maintain a lead in this critical warfighting domain, defense officials said at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California.



Published December 02, 2017 at 11:01AM
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Mattis, Egypt’s President Discuss Defense Issues in Cairo

Mattis, Egypt’s President Discuss Defense Issues in Cairo
By DoD News

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo to discuss defense issues and regional challenges.


Published December 02, 2017 at 07:17AM
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[video] Custom Applications with @InteractorTeam | @CloudExpo #AI #Cloud

"The reason Tier 1 companies are coming to us is we're able to narrow the gap where custom applications need to be built. They provide a lot of services, like IBM has Watson, and they provide a lot of hardware but how do you bring it all together? Bringing it all together they have to build custom applications and that's the niche that we are able to help them with," explained Peter Jung, Product Leader at Pulzze Systems Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. read more
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Mattis Trip Continues South Asia Strategy Dialogue

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Mattis Trip Continues South Asia Strategy Dialogue
By Jim Garamone

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis’ trip to the Middle East and Central Asia will continue the dialogue about the South Asia strategy President Donald J. Trump announced in August.



Published December 02, 2017 at 05:10AM
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Do Robots Have Karma? | @ExpoDX #AI #DigitalTransformation

This month, an AI (artificial intelligence) system passed a medical exam in China for the first time. I wonder how its bedside manner will be? In addition, Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to a robot named Sophia. With all these rapid advancements, I think it is time we explore the spiritual life of robots. Up till recently, programmers coded and configured algorithms, AI, automation and machine learning system and took personal responsibility for all the code. Today, however, AI has escaped the confines of human oversight and has been empowered and employed to self-program, self-optimize, self-test, self-configure and self-learn. David Gunning writes, "Continued advances [in AI] promise to produce autonomous systems that will perceive, learn, decide, and act on their own." That's a problem, not only with me, but with Karma. read more
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AFRINIC-27 conference seeks local Internet hosting in Africa

In lieu of this, he said NiRA Academy was set up as an entity charged with the mandate of developing knowledge and bridging the knowledge gap that exists within the DNS industry.At the conference, Folayan declared that Nigeria has registered over 100,000 active domain names, thereby making NiRA ...
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Coast Guard Hosts Arctic Awareness Meeting

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Coast Guard Hosts Arctic Awareness Meeting
By Walter Ham, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters

The Coast Guard hosted an Arctic Domain Awareness Center meeting in Washington and brought together researchers from the Department of Homeland Security’s Center of Excellence with leaders from the Coast Guard.



Published December 01, 2017 at 10:58AM
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Mattis Departs for 5-Day Middle East Trip

Mattis Departs for 5-Day Middle East Trip
By DoD News

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis departed on a five-day trip to reaffirm the enduring U.S. commitment to partnerships in the Middle East, West Africa and South Asia.


Published December 01, 2017 at 10:32AM
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Mattis, Japanese Defense Minister Discuss North Korean Missile Launch

Mattis, Japanese Defense Minister Discuss North Korean Missile Launch
By DoD News

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera condemned North Korea’s Nov. 28 intercontinental ballistic missile launch, a Pentagon spokesperson said.


Published December 01, 2017 at 09:19AM
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[video] Secure Service Container with @IBM | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Security #Containers

"Since we launched LinuxONE we learned a lot from our customers. More than anything what they responded to were some very unique security capabilities that we have," explained Mark Figley, Director of LinuxONE Offerings at IBM, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. read more
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FBI Shares Tools, Trains Partner Nations to Fight Terrorists Online