Armed Forces News

In response to concerns from citizens residing overseas,

the Defense Department has announced that access to the


Federal Voting Assistance Program website at has been modified to increase the

number of Internet service providers able to access the

site. “The department has taken prompt action to address

the concerns of some U.S. citizens overseas regarding the

protective measures on DoD networks that were limiting

some internet access,” said Charles S. Abell, principal

DoD deputy for personnel and readiness. “It is always a

challenge to balance access with the required security on

Department of Defense systems.” While the changes will make

the FVAP website accessible to most users, it does not

guarantee 100 percent access to the site. Some of the many

networks that make up the Internet may employ independent

protection mechanisms that prevent communication with the system.