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Each of you has used the POP service to pull your email to your PCs, laptops, or mobile devices in the past month so we wanted to give you a warning order of the upcoming changes.  We're upgrading our mail services at WP-ORG and wanted to let you know that there may be some configuration changes that you'll need to make in the near future.  All of the information will soon be on our main web page at so if your mail stops working, please look there first.  The changes aren't required (or even valid) yet so we'll only post it when you need it.

What's happening?
  • We're moving to a faster server. 
  • We're also moving from one style of mailbox (called an mbox) to another (maildir).  The benefit is that the newer style will work better in today's environment where many devices are reading email at the same time.  Some of you may've experienced corrupted inboxes in the past -- but with this new style, that will be much less likely.
  • We're now making our connections more secure.  Until now, we've only supported the original protocols for email, which were in plain text.  We're now requiring a secure connection (either TLS or SSL), which is why this transition will not be completely seamless to each of you.  At some point, your existing settings for POP'ing your email off of our servers will need to be changed.  We will give you those settings on our web site in the coming days.
  • If you also use our webmail client (SquirrelMail) then be assured that those folders will also be migrated and will be available to you in the future as well.
Thanks for your patience in this migration.  If you have any questions, please direct them to me or to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Warren Hearnes '89 (pop-users) Posted By: HEARNES Warren 1989 B1
Congressman pushes Army Regarding Revoked Green Beret's Silver Star PDF Print E-mail

The Army, citing an investigation but little else, has revoked a Green Beret's Silver Star and rescinded a previous decision to upgrade his award to the Distinguished Service Cross. The service also stripped the officer's Special Forces tab.

While the Army has remained mum on details of the allegation against Maj. Matt Golsteyn, Rep. Duncan Hunter claims the Army could not find one piece of corroborating evidence after a year-and-a-half-long investigation. He also said, in an article published by The Daily Beast, that Golsteyn's men have been threatened and repeatedly promised immunity in order to get them to incriminate the officer, to no avail.

In Februrary 2010, Forward Operating Base McQueary in Marjah, Afghanistan, came under attack. Then-Capt. Golsteyn ran alone through an open field and enemy gunfire as dozens of coalition soldiers were pinned down, according to the Army's account, as relayed by the Washington Post.

After receiving a Silver Star for his actions in 2011, he was later nominated for an upgrade to a DSC.

Golsteyn was subsequently investigated in the unrelated death of an Afghan bomb-maker, according to Hunter's editorial.

"The allegation was presented through informal channels to the Army, which went to extraordinary lengths to investigate Golsteyn. The Army tried to turn up anything it could, but was unable to find one piece of evidence to corroborate the allegation," Hunter wrote.

The Army has not cited what particular rules of engagement Golsteyn broke, or even publicly confirmed the accusation. No charges have been filed against Golsteyn. Golsteyn's attorney Phil Stackhouse told Army Times Golsteyn is not available for an interview.


‘Iron Man’ Suit’s Process Important to U.S. Department of Defense PDF Print E-mail
MacDill Air Force Base, FL – The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit is being designed to give protection and capabilities to U.S. special operators, but the process of designing it may be as revolutionary as the suit itself, said U.S. Special Operations Command officials.

TALOS started 18 months ago, after incidents downrange caused SOCOM to take a hard look at how special operators are outfitted.

“We’ve put a lot of great technology on the battlefield, but have we really taken a step back and taken a clean sheet and said for the next five, 10, 15 years do we need what we’ve got now, or do are there other game-changing technologies we can incorporate?” James Geurts, Socom’s acquisition executive, said during a recent interview.

Geurts said there are two fundamental reasons for the TALOS program. The first is the most obvious — DoD needs to examine new ways to protect and enable special operations service members.

“It’s not just body armor; it’s all the things that go into that,” he said.

This includes sensors, heads-up displays, an exoskeleton to reduce the load special operators carry, medical sensors, and much, much more.


Fort Hood Soldiers Killed and Wounded By Hasan to Get Purple Hearts PDF Print E-mail

The Army has approved the award of the Purple Heart and its civilian counterpart to the victims of Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas.

Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 wounded in the shootings that had been treated as an incident of "workplace violence" rather than a terrorist act.

Hasan, who was convicted in 2013 of 13 counts of murder and 32 counts of attempted murder, has admitted to being influenced by the late Anwar Awlaki, chief propagandist for the al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula terrorist group. A major at the time of the shooting, Hasan was stripped of his rank and dismissed from the Army after his conviction.

The Army had denied the Purple Heart awards and the benefits that go with them, but Congress passed an amendment included in the National Defense Authorization Act last year clearing the way for the award of the Purple Heart to soldiers killed and wounded by Hasan and the Defense of Freedom Medal to the civilians.

The amendment changed the rule to allow for an event to be deemed an attack by a "foreign terrorist organization" if the perpetrator "was in communication with the foreign terrorist organization before the attack" and "the attack was inspired or motivated by the foreign terrorist organization."


The president's 2016 budget request: Defense Department PDF Print E-mail

DoD's IT budget numbers remain elusive, requests $5.5 billion for DoD cyber capabilities

The Defense Department requests $5.5 billion for "cyber capabilities enhancements" in fiscal 2016, according to a 29-page budget brief outlining the DoD's budget proposal. That's more than one-third of the $14 billion for cybersecurity governmentwide in the president's fiscal 2016 budget request.

What's included in cyber capabilites enhancements is unclear.

The only dollar amount linked to cyber in the DoD budget provided by the White House is a request for $8 million for "cyberspace" in the Pentagon Reservation Maintenance Revolving Fund.

The National Nuclear Security Administration, which through its labs takes assignments from the DoD and other agencies in arrangements called  "work for others," requests $160 million for "information technology and cybersecurity" in fiscal 2016 – less than the fiscal 2015 level of $180 million. 

Gathering detailed information on the DoD's IT spending is difficult because the budget provides very little transparency into classified spending or spending on IT that is embedded in weapons systems or satellites. The budget also fails to carve out specific funds for U.S. Cybercommand.


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