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CSA: Budget cuts don’t support global security environment

While the Defense Department contemplates some $500 billion in budget reductions, the global security environment continues to worsen, the Army’s chief of staff said. Ultimately, said Gen. Ray Odierno, there is no parity between what the Army is doing — or may be asked to do — and the resources it will be given to accomplish those tasks. “We’re being asked to reduce a bit quicker than I think we should,” he said, addressing a March 11 meeting of the Baltimore Council of Foreign Affairs Army of the future The general said the increasing “velocity of instability” in a technologically competitive era calls for an Army capable of swift reaction, and possessing a comprehensive, innovative approach to problem solving.

The “Army of the future,” he said, must be able to quickly integrate new technologies and new concepts. He said the Army’s success will result from its ability to adapt, and to solve problems. “We’re about people who operate within organizations and our success is based on how well an organization can solve a problem,” Odierno said. Crisis in the Middle East A current test of the Army’s ability to adapt and solve problems is the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a terrorist organization that today serves as one of the largest threats to global security.

Odierno said the group takes advantage of disenfranchised populations and ungoverned territories. The general described ISIL ideology as a deep-seated dissatisfaction with many people in different parts of the world. He said the terrorist group serves as a rallying point for those who join it.

While Odierno said recent military actions have “stopped the advance” of ISIL and are now preventing the group from gaining more territory or improving their position in Iraq or Syria, he balked at a solely military approach to overcome the group. “I don’t think that will defeat ISIL,” he said.

Kerala: Nisham, charged with murdering security guard, denied bail again – Firstpost

Thrissur (Kerala): A lower court on Saturday once again rejected the bail plea of controversial businessman Muhammed Nisham, charged with murder following the death of a security guard against whom he allegedly rammed his luxury vehicle at a residential complex. File photo of Nisham Muhammad The District Sessions Court dismissed the plea after police submitted that the probe in the case was not yet over and the accused was likely to jump bail. Police also informed the court about the progress of the probe.

Last month, the Kunnamkulam First Class Judicial Magistrate court had rejected his bail application. Nisham, who has been taken to Bengaluru in connection with a probe into another case, is expected to be brought back to Kerala in a day or two. Nisham had allegedly in an inebriated state, assaulted the security guard, Chandra Bose, and later rammed him with his Hummer vehicle, following an argument over delay in opening the gate at a posh residential township, on 29 January.

The incident had evoked widespread protests in the state and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy visited the victim at the hospital while he was under treatment and had assured his family that a speedy probe would be conducted.

Chandra Bose succumbed to his injuries on 16 February.

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No military solution to Ukraine crisis: Federica Mogherini

HELSINKI: Vice President of the European Commission and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini has said that there is no military solution to the Ukraine crisis. Mogherini made her remarks at a press conference on Thursday held after meeting with Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb in Helsinki, Xinhua reported. Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat quoted Mogherini as saying that the European Union (EU) has no other choice to ease the conflicts in Ukraine than diplomacy, economic sanctions and the role of Organisation of Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

She emphasised that military solution is not a way to solve the crisis, as military means could obstruct the settlement of problems in Ukraine. Mogherini suggested that the EU can support the view that the OSCE 5 could increase the number of observers and improve observation over eastern Ukraine. Mogherini visited Finland on March 5, during the visit; she also met with Finnish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Speaker of the Parliament and some other high-ranking officers of Finland.

Originated during the cold war for reducing tensions between the Eastern Europe and Western Europe, OSCE is currently the only institute including all European countries which is responsible for maintaining the stability in Europe.

Under the circumstance of the Ukraine crisis, some European leaders including Mogherini propose that OSCE could act as a diplomatic mediator involved in dialogues that can lead to a solution to the conflicts in Ukraine.

1 2 3 4 References ^ European Union (economictimes.indiatimes.com) ^ Federica Mogherini (economictimes.indiatimes.com) ^ military (economictimes.indiatimes.com) ^ Ukraine (economictimes.indiatimes.com) ^ OSCE (economictimes.indiatimes.com)

Kanam visits family of slain security guard

The life of the common man was not safe under the Oommen Chandy government, CPI State secretary Kanam Rajendran has said. He was interacting with mediapersons here on Wednesday after visiting the families of Chandrabose, the security guard who was killed allegedly by businessman Mohammed Nisham at Puzhakkal, and of Shihabudheen, who was killed allegedly by RSS activists at Pavaratty. No effective steps have been taken against the accused in the Chandrabose murder case even though everybody knew who the murderer was.

The accused has been enjoying many facilities even in the jail. Politicians and high police officials are colluding to help the accused. The same is the condition with Shihabudheen murder case, he said.

The RSS was trying to create a favourable situation for it by dividing society in the name of religion, he alleged. There have been planned attacks against minority communities. The violence rate has increased after Narendra Modi became Prime Minister.

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Army CIO Lays Out Network Modernization Agenda

The Army is embarking on an ambitious multiyear plan to enhance its network capabilities in the near- and midterm. Over the next two years, the Army will focus on modernizing and migrating applications to government and commercial hosting facilities, analyzing plans to consolidate legacy communications in preparation for universal voice, video and data collaboration and refining the role of its cyberworkforce, among other things. Starting in 2017 through 2021, the Army will continue modernizing applications and infrastructure to support cloud and Big Data analytics, integrate continuous monitoring solutions and enable users to access enterprise services on the Army network with their personal devices.

The network must be secure, integrated, standards-based, with uninterrupted global access, enabling collaboration, enabling decisive action and doing that throughout all phases of the operations, across all environments, Lt. Gen. Robert Ferrell, Army CIO/G-6, said Feb.

4 at AFCEA NOVA’s Army IT Day. Credit: Army.mil In a series of new foundational documents 1 released publicly on Wednesday, the Army defines its network modernization strategy and implementation guidance that will guide how the Army plans and executes network enhancements for its 1.4 million users. The new documents build on efforts by former Army CIO/G-6 Susan Lawrence and Deputy CIO/G-6 Mike Krieger and have been under development for about a year, Ferrell said, noting that execution of the Army s network modernization comes at a time when the service is downsizing and facing budgetary constraints.

Army to Release Cloud Computing Strategy The Army is working closely with U.S. Cyber Command and the Defense Information Systems Agency to ensure its cloud strategy meets defined security standards. Ferrell expects the strategy will be released in early March.

We don t want to go fast, Ferrell said. The Army needs to define roles and responsibilities, how it wants to manage data in the cloud, whether to use commercial or government facilities. There are a lot of unknown questions that are still to be answered, he explained.

The Army is waiting on lessons learned from DISA s cloud pilots, which will help the service shape security and storage requirements for both commercial and government clouds. IBM and Amazon, which have met the military s security requirements for hosting its Level 5 highly sensitive data and national security systems, are working with DISA to pilot capabilities that can be extended into the cloud, said Chief Warrant Officer Five Ricardo Pi a, Army CIO/G6 Chief Technology Officer. Microsoft isn t too far behind in proving it meets the military s cloud security requirements, Pi a said, adding that the number of approved vendors will increase.

How to procure those services is another issue that must be addressed. The Army s Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems is working to identify a blanket purchase agreement to assist the service in buying commercial cloud services, he said. Building the Army s Cyberworkforce As network capabilities expand, so must the Army s skills to ensure it remains secure.

The service approved a new cyber career field and is now identifying people to assess into that field, Ferrell said. The Army s Human Resource Command has assessed records of performance, experience and education to determine likely candidates to serve. Initially, there will be 1,137 positions, including 609 enlisted, 196 warrant officers and 332 officers.

Ferrell expects that number will expand to about 3,000 civilian and military positions. The Army targeted two units to pilot the new career field the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade at Fort Meade, Md., and 7th Cyber Mission Unit at Fort Gordon, Ga. There are individuals in these units soldiers and civilians who are performing the cybertasks now and may be assessed into the new career field.

Those who are assessed may require additional training, Ferrell said. The Army is considering all options for providing that training, including civilian and military education and training opportunities with industry. We re going to asses what s available in academia outside of the military, Pi a said.

We most certainly will have a cyberschool to train our cyberforce within the Army.

References ^ foundational documents (ciog6.army.mil)

MARAD Would Get a Funding Boost in Under Fiscal 2016 Budget Plan

Posted: February 2, 2015 3:34 PM BY JOHN C. MARCARIO, Special Correspondent ARLINGTON, Va. The Maritime Administration s (MARAD) fiscal 2016 spending plan would increase the agency s budget, continue upgrading the Merchant Marine Academy and provide money to fully fund the ships enrolled in the Maritime Security Program (MSP).

President Barak Obama s federal budget submission, released Feb.

2, requested $406.8 million for MARAD, including $184.6 million to support the Merchant Marine Academy, state maritime academies and MARAD operations and programs. For fiscal 2015, MARAD s enacted budget $341.2 million. The overall budget request for the Department of Transportation, which oversees MARAD, was $94.7 billion.

MARAD implements programs that promote the viability of the U.S. Merchant Marine and strengthen the U.S. maritime transportation system to support U.S.

national security needs. The Merchant Marine Academy would receive $96 million, including $24.7 million to continue its extensive capital improvement endeavor that is designed to improve living corridors, classrooms and the mess hall on the Kings Point, N.Y., campus. The budget also requests $186 million for continued support of the 60 ships enrolled in the MSP by fully funding the $3.1 million cost per ship throughout the entire year.

The commercial fleet is capable of supporting a U.S. presence in foreign commerce, while also ensuring the military s ability to obtain assured access to the commercial vessels, intermodal facilities and mariners during time of need. The program provides access to more than $52 billion of assets that would be required to replicate its sealift capability.

Additionally, the MSP fleet provides employment for 2,400 Merchant Mariners. The spending plan also requests $25 million to lessen the impact of Food Aid reform proposals on sealift capacity and mariner jobs. If the reforms are enacted to how the Food Aid program is administered, this new initiative would provide funds to preserve mariner employment on U.S.-flag vessels and identify other innovative means to encourage retention of U.S.

mariners and vessels.

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