Pentagon to increase focus on cyber security of arms programs

Cyber attacks on U.S. weapons programs and manufacturers are a “pervasive” problem that requires greater attention, the top U.S. arms buyer said Thursday, saying that he would add cybersecurity to new acquisition guidelines for the industry. “It’s about the security of our weapons systems themselves and everything that touches them. It’s a pervasive problem and I think we have to pay a lot more attention to it,” Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall told Reuters after a speech to the American Society of Naval Engineers in Washington. Kendall said he planned to add cybersecurity to the next phase of his “better buying power” initiative, and was also working on a special section on cybersecurity requirements to be added to the Pentagon’s guideline for buying weapons systems. …read more

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U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in new challenge to Obamacare

Supreme Court weighs new conservative attack on Obamacare

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday on a second major challenge to President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, but no clear majority was immediately apparent in the case that takes aim at a pivotal part of the statute providing tax subsidies to help people afford insurance. Conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often provides the deciding vote in close cases, said he saw a “serious constitutional problem” with the arguments mounted against the law but said the challengers still may prevail.

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