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31 Aug 2009

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Monday Morning News Kick Off: Cheney Calls CIA Probe “Bad Decision”; Intellipedia and Tom Ridge Writes a Book

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Happy Monday. We hope everyone had a restful weekend spent with friends, family and loved ones…because now it’s time to get back to work. As always, we try to compile the actionable stories that will make you smarter, more productive and better looking. This week, we are showcasing a mixture of Intelligence Community, political and industry news that includes coverage of Dick Cheney’s comments on the CIA probe, Tom Ridge’s new book, Intellipedia and India’s problems on the lunar front. So, refill your coffee and scroll down.

Yes, He’s Back! Cheney Calls CIA Probe “Terrible Decision”
Former Vice President Dick Cheney came out of the wood-works this weekend to insert his opinion into the discussion of Obama administration’s CIA probe of controversial interrogation tactics during the Bush-Cheney era. And, can you guess his stance on the issue? That’s right. He said is was a great idea. Just kidding. He used some very blunt language calling it a terrible decision on Fox News Sunday. Read more here.

Tom Ridge Recalls Challenging Times During Early Days of DHS in New Book
Here’s how it works. Take a challenging government job, weather the tough times, leave that job, take a few years to rest up at your Montana ranch, then wait for the book deal. Former DHS head, Tom Ridge is now at the last stage of the retire-write-a-book continuum and he is out shilling his new book called “The Test of Our Times.” While many of the got geoint? staffers are a bit cynical when it comes to books penned by ex-politicos, this one is certainly going to be on the top of our reading list. Come on. Get the inside scoop into all the challenges that went on behind the scenes during the creation of DHS…especially at a time when our nation was very vulnerable? It’s a no brainer. Pre-order the book here.

Intellipedia Keeps Getting Press Coverage
While the perceived value of Intellipedia has waxed and waned over the past 12 months or so, one thing is true. It keeps getting great press coverage — and the mainstream media is finally catching on. Of course, got geoint? has been covering Intellipedia (and A-Space for that matter) since the launch of this blog almost 12 months ago. So, we’ll quickly provide with the links to all the latest stories: Washington Post, Security Management, and Digital Journal.

India is Having Some Problems on the Lunar Front
India’s first moon mission, launched amid much fanfare last year, came to an abrupt end Saturday after controllers lost contact with the country’s lunar craft, the national space agency said. India launched an unmanned satellite and put a probe on the moon’s surface late last year in an event that the national space agency hoped would give the country international “brand recognition” in the lunar business. Read more here.

EPA Uses GIS to Show Admin of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is using geographic information system (GIS) technology to show how it is administering its $7.22 billion allotment from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The ESRI ArcGIS Server software-based Web mapping application shows total financial obligations and outlays by state. Once a state is selected, visitors can see how much money is going to State and Tribal Assistance Grants, Environmental Program and Management, the Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund, and Hazardous Substance Superfund. Read the full press release here.

Happy Monday!

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