Daily Intelligence: Wolfowitz “not sorry” about war in Iraq

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ON THE FIGHT

The commandant of the Marine Corps has challenged a journalist to take the same infantry course done male and female Marines — and the journalist has accepted.

ON THE FORCE

The President released his budget today, and it’s bad news for the Pentagon: less drones and more base closures.

The Pentagon has announced the next units in line to rotate into Afghanistan. The Brigade Combat Teams of 2nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division and 1st Infantry Division are among the first to go.

Special Operations Command is planning to expand its global footprint in a big way — by partnering by, with and through so-called partner nations to ensure they can carry the fight to the enemy, precluding the US’ direct involvement – or at the very least limiting it –  to a clandestine or in some cases a covert role.

The Pentagon has tabulated its figures and released the latest data on reserve activations and National Guard call-ups to support Operation Enduring Freedom and other campaigns around the globe.

POTOMAC TWO-STEP

Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Wolfowitz has gone on the record to say he is “not sorry” about the decision to go to war with Iraq 10 years ago.

Former Justice Department official John Yoo charges that Director John Brennan and President Obama have politicized the CIA.

ON TECH

The Defense Information Systems Agency is projecting that it can store up to one exabyte of data from the military’s GORGON STARE surveillance system in its new cloud service, an astonishing leap forward.

ON SECRECY – OR LACK THEREOF

ClearanceJobs.com contributor examines the softer side of the cleared world, a world where a lucrative clearance isn’t enough — it’s the mannerisms, niceties and job experience that really sweetens the deal for prospective employers.

What does noted New York Times journalist and author Mark Mazzetti read? A lot of blogs, apparently.

CONTRACT WATCH

The State Department bought some secured laptops from an obscure Virginia company. It is also looking to upgrade its telecom systems overseas at the same time it is building new embassies and consulates in Mexico and Chad.

 

Robert Caruso is a veteran of the United States Navy, and has worked for the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, Business Transformation Agency and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

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