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DIB Cyber Pilot to ensure stronger cyber-security

The Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have started working together with internet service providers (ISP) to offer better cyber protection for defense contractors.

Secret mini-shuttle lands in California

Vandenberg Afb, Calif. -- An unmanned U.S. military mini-shuttle launched from Cape Canaveral in April glided to an automated landing in California Friday, Air Force officials said.

After a 220-day classified mission, the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle touched down at 4:16 a.m. EST at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Florida Today reported.

The OTV-1 is the first U.S. unmanned vehicle to return from orbit and land on its own.

"We are very pleased that the program completed all the on-orbit objectives for the first mission," Lt. Col. Troy Giese, X-37B program manager, said in a statement.

"This marks a new era in space exploration," said Paul Rusnock, X-37B program director for The Boeing Co., the spacecraft's prime contractor.

Pentagon relaxes restriction on social networking sites

Reversing its policy regarding social networking sites, Pentagon has unblocked access to Facebook, Twitter, and other Web 2.0 sites for the U.S. military personnel.

Bodies of military dead help the living

Dover -- Information gathered from the bodies of men and women killed while serving in the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan is being used to protect other soldiers

These wars are the first in which the bodies of casualties are routinely autopsied and given CT scans, The New York Times reports. The work is done at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware by pathologists working with the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System.

The autopsies have provided information on the functioning of protective equipment like body armor. Doctors working at Dover say they field many requests for information from the Defense Department and contractors.