- - Monday, October 3, 2011


Pentagon: Budget pinch to exclude some priorities

The Pentagon’s No. 2 official says that spending on cyberdefense programs and counterterrorism operations is likely to remain stable or possibly rise, even as the Defense Department looks for more than $450 billion in cuts over the next 10 years.

Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn said that there are strong indications that spending on cyberdefense programs will increase as the administration looks to better protect critical networks. And he says officials want to protect the military’s elite counterterrorism forces.


Report: Green jobs fall far short of goals

The Labor Department’s inspector general says a $500 million program designed to train workers for green jobs has come up far short of its goals.

A report finds that only about 8,000 people participating in the program have actually found work so far. That’s just 10 percent of the target goal of placing 80,000 workers in careers in energy efficiency or renewable energy by 2013.

The report says agencies receiving grant money have expressed concerns that jobs have not materialized.

The head of the department’s Employment and Training Administration, Jane Oates, disagrees with the report and says she expects the number of job placements to increase.


Nevada takes center stage in GOP presidential battle

LAS VEGAS — Nevada is preparing for its Cinderella moment.

While Iowa and New Hampshire get the bulk of their attention, Republican presidential candidates are starting to step up their activity in the state that votes next in the string of nominating contests and whose caucuses could scramble the GOP race.

The Nevada caucuses had been tentatively set for Feb. 18, but state Republicans voted Saturday to move them up to January.

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