Rapid Fire 2011-02-17: Personnel Security Clearance Program

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* GAO takes DoD’s personnel security clearance program off its high-risk list [PDF] of programs facing fraud, waste, and management challenges; however, its weapons system acquisition program remains on the list. * DoD to expand cybersecurity personnel swaps with private industry and add $500 million in cybersecurity research funding in FY 2012, Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn tells RSA conference. * ManTech’s acquisition of TranTech gives company access to DISA’s $12.3 billion ENCORE II IT support contract vehicle. * The UK MoD is consolidating management of UK military properties under the new Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), which will issue consolidated regional facilities management contracts combining physical infrastructure maintenance with support services. * France’s DGA to buy ECA’s Alister 100 AUV/UUVs for mine clearance work. * Uganda’s defense spending is expected to rise rapidly over the next decade, reaching $2.15 billion by 2019, compared to only $450 million in 2010, according to BMI. * Russia’s second S-400 Triumf air defense unit enters service in the Moscow region. * “Personifying leadership competencies in day-to-day operations.” Meet Master Sgt. Loudres James. All the shiny equipment in the world won’t matter if NCO quality is poor.

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