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DoD News

On DoD: Budget agreement's impact to the Pentagon

Russell Rumbaugh, head of the Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense program at the Stimson Center, and Mike Barron, recently-retired Army colonel and deputy director of legislative affairs for Military Officers' Association of America discuss the implications of the budget agreement and cutbacks to civilian workers in the military community.

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 05:06pm EST
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Prisoners released

Two Guantanamo Bay prisoners have been sent back Saudi Arabia. U.S. officials say 35-year-old Saad Muhammad Husayn Qahtani and 48-year-old Hamood Abdulla Hamood were transferred after a security review. Neither man had been charged with a crime. U.S. records show both were suspected members of al-Qaida and were considered to be at high risk of rejoining the terror group if released.

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 09:16am EST

Suicide bombing plot foiled

Terry Lee Loewen, a 58-year-old avionics technician allegedly spent months studying the layout of the Mid-Continent Regional Airport in Wichita, Kansas. The FBI says he was looking at flight patterns and other details as he planned a suicide car-bomb attack. The FBI says he developed a plan with other conspirators and Loewen, who lives in Wichita had been under surveillance for 6 months and was planning the attack to support al Qaida.

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 09:15am EST

New DoD guidance infused with Better Buying Power principles

Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall the update to Instruction 5000.02 incorporates Better Buying Power principles, such as making cutting costs fundamental for program managers.

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 05:09pm EST
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Navy plans new entry at Washington Navy Yard building

The Navy Yard building in Washington where a gunman killed 12 people will get a new visitor's entrance and a renovated interior, including a "remembrance area" for the victims, a military spokeswoman said Monday.

Monday - 12/16/2013, 05:32pm EST

Even with budget agreement, Air Force faces painful choices

Top Air Force officials say lower budgets will force them to propose cuts Congress won't like. But if lawmakers insist on protecting politically-favored programs, money will have to come from somewhere else.

Monday - 12/16/2013, 03:47am EST
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Defense bill aims to address sexual assault crisis

Defense bill dealing with sexual assault crisis, ongoing base construction heads to Senate

Saturday - 12/14/2013, 05:46am EST

White House says it won't separate NSA, Cyber Command

An interagency review group determined having one leader for both organizations makes the most sense to get the mission done.

Friday - 12/13/2013, 12:02pm EST

Naval investigator to plead guilty in bribery plot

First guilty plea in massive military bribery scheme to come from naval investigator

Friday - 12/13/2013, 10:10am EST

US aid to Syria suspended

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday that the U.S. will continue to support the moderate opposition in Syria, but non-lethal aid will be suspended until the U.S. can get a clear assessment on the status of warehouses of military equipment that may have been seized by extremist Islamic militants. The U.S. and Britain suspended the aid after opposition fighters from conservative Islamic rebel brigades seized warehouses containing U.S. military gear that was intended for the main Western-backed moderate rebel group.

Friday - 12/13/2013, 09:14am EST

Air Force turning to a service-oriented approach for IT applications

The Air Force's Service Development and Delivery Process aims to deliver data hosting, enterprise management, security and other IT functions as standards-based services to be used by the entire organization.

Friday - 12/13/2013, 04:45am EST
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Budget deal offers stability to Pentagon spending

Budget deal trims pensions for working-age military retires, offers Pentagon budget stability

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 01:48pm EST

Air Force to cut 900 civilian jobs, thousands of service members

Air Force officials announced Wednesday the force plans to cut about 900 civilian positions in 2014. It will encourage eligible civilian employees to leave voluntarily. The force also plans to cut thousands of service members over the next five years.

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 10:22am EST

Bull's-eye(s) for the Army's HEL MD

The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT) for the first time used a vehicle mounted high energy laser to successfully engage more than 90 mortar rounds and several unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in flight. This occurred during multiple test events of the Army High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD) conducted between November 18 and December 10 at the High Energy Laser Systems Test Facility, White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 08:37am EST

Air Force tells program managers: Don't expect reprieve from sequestration

Any relief the Air Force gets from a pending budget deal will be pushed into rebuilding lost military readiness, not bolstering investment programs, a top acquisition official said Wednesday.

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 08:35am EST
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Savings from reverse auctions not being maximized

As the use of reverse auctions continues to rise, the Government Accountability Office says agencies need more clear cut guidance to realize a maximum amount of savings.

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 04:23pm EST

Defense authorization bill leaves out reforms to federal IT acquisition

The annual policy legislation also doesn't merge the DoD CIO and deputy chief management officer.

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 02:10pm EST

On DoD: New rule requires contractors to protect unclassified data

Kristen Baldwin, the principal deputy in the office of the deputy assistant secretary of defense for systems engineering, and Alan Chvotkin, the executive vice president and counsel at the professional services council, offer insight on a new rule that requires contractors are also required to notify DoD when they detect that cyber criminals or other unauthorized intruders have stolen data from their systems.

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 01:29pm EST
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Pentagon's cost savings proposals lost to compromise of authorization bill

Congress is poised, for the first time since Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, to miss its deadline to pass the one policy bill that's been considered "must-pass" legislation under administrations of both parties. But the measure's only chance of success also torpedoes Pentagon proposals for cutting DoD's internal cost growth. Military personnel would receive a 1 percent pay raise next year.

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 04:02am EST
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SEA decries DoD plan to reduce SES bonuses

The Senior Executives Association sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Dec. 5 criticizing recently released guidance that reduced pay pool amounts for the Fiscal Year 2013 performance awards for members of the Senior Executives Service.

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 01:53pm EST
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