The House version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill will be aligned with that chamber’s budget resolution, allowing DOD to tap the tens of billions of dollars in extra funds stashed in its war account for requirements that ordinarily would be funded in the department’s base budget.“I’m not too wrapped up in the label on the account,” Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said last week before his panel’s subcommittees began marking up the annual policy bill.House and Senate conferees are close to reaching agreement on a compromise budget resolution calling for the allocation of $96 billion to DOD’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account, a $38 billion boost over the amount in the Pentagon’s budget request. With DOD’s base budget subject to the Budget Control Act spending caps, the House and Senate Budget committees decided shifting base budget needs to the war account was the easiest way to loosen the pressure on defense spending in FY 2016.Funding to bolster operations and maintenance accounts is a strong candidate to be shifted to the OCO, Thornberry told reporters, reported CQ Roll Call. The committee plans to exercise the same level of oversight over the OCO budget as it does over the base budget, he added.Relying on the war account is hardly a perfect solution for funding the military, primarily because it makes it difficult for defense officials to plan more than one year ahead as there is no certainty as to how much OCO funding will be allocated after FY 2016. But with increased pressure from defense hawks to offer the Pentagon budget relief next year, congressional leaders viewed using the war account as an overflow valve for defense spending as the most expedient solution. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
ADC AUTHOR The House Armed Services readiness subcommittee approved its portion of the fiscal 2020 defense policy bill Wednesday morning, CQ reported.The panel was the final Armed Services subcommittee to advance its National Defense Authorization Act legislation, approving its markup without amendments.The full committee will mark up this year’s NDAA package June 12.The readiness panel’s bill would address spotlighted privatized military housing problems through increased oversight, but it does not take action on existing contracts with private companies to avoid lawsuits against the government.Military families have highlighted unhealthy and hazardous conditions in privatized housing including mold growth, lead-based paint exposure and other problems, as On Base has reported.The readiness panel would also prohibit the use of fluorine-based firefighting foam in non-emergency situations on military bases. It would further require the Pentagon to transition away from using PFOA/PFOS chemicals by 2029, Military Times reported.Beyond new PFAS restrictions, the readiness bill would also provide millions for environmental clean-up at National Guard bases and address contamination of installation drinking water, according to the report.
Post a comment Share your voice Winter solstice starts on Dec. 21. Google It’s time to bundle up for the official start of winter, and the longest night of the year.A Google Doodle posted Friday celebrates the winter solstice for those who live in the Northern Hemisphere. And if you live in the Southern Hemisphere, Google has a warm and sunny version to mark the summer solstice.Google previously showed these Doodles on June 21, but in the opposite locations, to make the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.Summer solstice starts on Dec. 21, if you live in the Southern Hemisphere. Google Humans have celebrated this day since ancient times. In England, crowds gather at Stonehenge to capture the moment with the sun directly aligns with the ancient stones, Google notes in its blog post. In China, winter’s arrival is celebrated with the Dongzhi Festival. This year’s winter solstice officially starts at 2:23 p.m. PT, when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, located at 23.5 degrees south latitude. Now go out there and catch some snowflakes! Or enjoy the swimming hole!First published June 21, 10:49 a.m. PT. Update, Dec. 21 at 6:48 a.m. PT: Highlights the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. ‘Hello, humans’: Google’s Duplex could make Assistant the most lifelike AI yet. Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. Random Digital Media 0 Tags Google
Seeing the world in a grain of sand, capturing the gist of life in a blob of paint — can a canvas capture that? Can devotion, in a land chockfull of contradictions and numerous religious thoughts , be perceived as an abstract and metaphysical piece of creative contemplation, essentially secular and spiritual work of art? The pensive and meditative portraits of spiritual gurus and godly figures of Buddha, Krishna, Shiva, Parvati and others by artists Satish Gupta, Shuvaprasanna, Sudip Roy, Puja Bahri, Prithvi Soni, Chottu Lal ,amongst others, exemplify just that beautiful tenet of Indian spiritual philosophies. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Evocative of complete surrender to the idol of their devotion, the artists dig into their inner selves to seek solace and a relief from the transient nature of life and the ephemeral world around, goading one towards a spiritual path of humility. There is a philosophical and mystical sophistication in their work as well as Sidharth’s art who paints using his hand made colors. The line between the sacred and the profane comes into full play in Sanjay Bhattacharya’s drawings in Pen, ink and water colors. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDevotion transforms into adulation and obsession as search for human and physical love, be it a man for a woman or mother for her child. It comes to the fore as in the courting couples and other figurative compositions in paintings by Asit Patnaik, Nayana Kanodia , Mousumi Biswas and Shipra Bhattacharya. The seeds of devotion planted in the mind by desire or awe blossom into love or respect for the chosen subject that often transforms individuals and their life. Depending on its intensity and echelon, ranging from adulation to obsession for a particular entity, cause, idea or faith, human or saintly, factual or fictional, its pursuit can turn things around into one of the two extreme modes of renunciation or revulsion. Then there are fluid depictions at cross roads between painting and sculpture by Venkat Bothsa. Evoking the flourish of the street painter, images of the lotus with the curling tendrils play themselves in painted steel in large dramatic sizes. The cryptic written word found often on the rear of public vehicles has communicated directions, slogans and sometimes nothing. The fonts were developed in an indigenous flavor, combining popular culture, street graffiti and a homegrown language. This is what Alex Davis looks into Devotion. The folk element continues to play through colorful paintings of Telangana women by Vaikuntam.Nature appears in a different mode and frame in Surya Prakash’s colourful landscape and Gurdeep Singh’s bright and colorful canvases. The changing life patterns and the world around are seen to get differently moulded in metal sculptures by Dimpy Menon, Gautam Bhatia and Enas MJ.
This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Thanks to next-generation mobile broadband services, more business data are moving faster in more places than ever.Except perhaps one: The wireless network in your shop.Chances are good that your wireless network is probably still plugged into a traditional cable modem, phone-company DSL line or, if yours is a bigger business, a broadband digital data option.CradlePoint Wireless 3G/4G RouterBut one start-up, CradlePoint, is offering cellular-company-provided data access in a fixed office. The Boise, Idaho-based company has developed a line of 4G/3G office routers that connect to Verizon’s LTE super-fast cellular-data network, as well as networks from the other big carriers, including Sprint and AT&T, and others such as Cricket and Comcast.CradlePoint’s 4G/3G routers cleverly allow several users to share a single cell Web data account. We’ve been testing CradlePoint’s MBR95, a wireless 4G/3G router, to get a sense of what this all-for-one, one-for-all wireless-data approach can — and can’t — do for office wireless networks.We found that, although it’s unlikely users will want to ditch their cable Internet altogether, adding cellular capability to an office network can offer attractive benefits the small-business owner.What You GetCradlePoint’s 4G routers offer what the company calls “always on” Internet. CradlePoint devices such as the MBR95, which retails at about $120, connect both a user’s cellular modem and, if configured, traditional access options like a cable modem.This way, the cellular network isn’t so much an all-in-one data solution, but a reliable backup. In other words, if the cable Internet goes out, the cellular data network kicks in so that users won’t have to wait for tech support to fix the problem before getting on with business.For Ken Hosac, CradlePoint’s director of product management, “always on” Internet is the company’s killer app, especially as more business activities are done in the cloud.”If you’re starting your own business, you’re not likely to go out and get large exchange server like in the old days. You’re probably going to get a subscription to Google apps,” he says. “Everything you use for your business, such as email, applications, is up in the cloud. So that network connection is even more important now.”What you might like: Users will like being able to share across-the-board access to 4G networks like Verizon’s. When it’s available, it’s just plain fast. The MBR95 we tested allows for 32 different wireless connections, and some of CradlePoint’s higher-end enterprise products allow for more than 100. CradlePoint supports a hefty number of modems and data carriers and its MBR95 supports 100-plus different devices and several dozen carriers.We found the set-up largely foolproof: Boot up the modem, connect the router and then create your wireless network through an easy-to-use, first-time set-up tool. Web access fired right up. Expect to spend less than half an hour creating both a private wireless network and a public guest network, which blocks off access to administrative features. That is not bad.Set up was so easy, you could take this unit with you when you travel.What you might not like: You are on your own when it comes to paying for — and managing — data use through your service provider. In other words, you better know your data deal if you want to avoid overage charges.If your data is capped, say at 5GB per month, which is Verizon’s standard introductory plan, overage charges are $10 for every GB you go over. That’s not terrible for single users. One GB is about 25 web pages per day, but mix in everybody else in the office and it can add up fast.Though a business can make such limits work — most firms obey some sort of data limit with a mobile data plan — unless you actively track usage, which is a science in itself, a business generally does not want to rely exclusively on the cellular-data access.Hosac says CradlePoint is planning to add a data-management feature this fall which will allow users to track their data and receive reminders or shut off the service when it gets close to running over.Bottom line: Though it’s far from the ultimate small-business data solution, CradlePoint is an intriguing option for the more mobile small business. If you do it right, and count your digital usage, you really can have a single office data-connectivity plan that works both in a fixed location and on the go.And that is compelling enough capability to make it worth at least some techno trial and error. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now August 3, 2011 4 min read Enroll Now for Free