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Facebook commenters laud DoD commissaries for curbing bulk buying

A policy update from the Defense Commissary Agency aims to curb system abuse bulk buying.

Friday - 02/28/2014, 08:41am EST

FedRAMP cloud deadline looming amid updates to the program

Agencies must use only cloud services that have been approved under the Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program (FedRAMP) by June. OMB will receive more details on agency progress with the latest quarterly update through PortfolioStat. Meanwhile, FedRAMP's security baseline will be revised this summer.

Friday - 02/28/2014, 04:21am EST
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The BGOV Defense Summit: The New Pentagon Reality

On this week's Capital Impact show, Admiral James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discusses Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's inaugural budget with Bloomberg Television's Peter Cook.
February 27, 2014

Thursday - 02/27/2014, 04:56pm EST
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Army removes 588 troops from sensitive jobs

Army removes 588 troops from sexual assault prevention, recruiting and other sensitive jobs

Thursday - 02/27/2014, 09:20am EST

US general: Grim Afghan future if no security pact

US Joint Chiefs chairman Dempsey sees grim future for Afghanistan without US security pact

Thursday - 02/27/2014, 05:16am EST

Military looks to suppress appetite for service contracts

The three military department's top acquisition officials say they are each undergoing examinations of their contract spending on services. The goal is to ensure that the current, highly-decentralized service contracting process is serving valid military missions.

Thursday - 02/27/2014, 04:32am EST
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How an 'IT Box' is making it easier for DoD to do business

The Pentagon is implementing most of the recommendations it made in 2010's Section 804 report to Congress. Katrina McFarland, DoD's assistant secretary for acquisition, said initial results of the change are promising. But an upcoming GAO report is expected to show DoD has a long way to go to move toward an agile, incremental approach to IT systems development.

Thursday - 02/27/2014, 04:07am EST
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Budget pressure breeds uncertainty for defense industrial base

Elana Broitman, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for manufacturing and industrial base Policy, was Francis Rose's guest on Pentagon Solutions.

Wednesday - 02/26/2014, 05:42pm EST
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DoD ties another round of BRAC to sizable civilian personnel cuts

Defense Department officials said reducing and realigning bases and depots will help them achieve more savings that can be put toward readiness. Acting Defense Deputy Secretary Christine Fox said this round of BRAC would be different than in 2005.

Wednesday - 02/26/2014, 04:06am EST
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DoD nominees face scrutiny over Pentagon plan to shrink compensation costs

Just a day after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel proposed reductions in military end-strength and shrinking compensation costs as part of next year's budget plan, a slate of nominees to lead key offices at the Pentagon faced congressional scrutiny.

Tuesday - 02/25/2014, 03:29pm EST

Congress skeptical about plan to shrink military

Obama administration's plan to shrink US military faces sharp resistance in Congress

Tuesday - 02/25/2014, 01:26pm EST

Hagel says US military must shrink to face new era

Shrinking US military: Hagel proposes cutting Army to smallest in decades, closing more bases

Tuesday - 02/25/2014, 11:18am EST

DoD's 2015 budget envisions smaller military with less generous benefits

The Pentagon says its spending plan acknowledges defense spending is on a downward trajectory, and reduces force structure in order to balance other priorities such as readiness. If sequestration stays in place, the calculus will change, Defense officials say.

Tuesday - 02/25/2014, 04:35am EST
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Navy to build its 'information dominance' forces through new command

Navy Cyber Forces, already headquartered in Suffolk, Va., will take over responsibility for building the knowledge workforce the Navy terms the "information dominance corps."

Monday - 02/24/2014, 03:53am EST
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Military bases balance 'Army Strong' with 'Army Green'

Military bases are earning the "green" title for doing their part to preserve and protect the environment. The Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards recognize bases that balance Army mission with sustainable practices.

Friday - 02/21/2014, 07:36am EST
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Army plots next steps toward data center consolidation

The Army plans to release guidance by the end of March to transition vast repositories of data and processing capacity from Army-owned systems to joint DoD facilities by 2018. The service is on track to close 200 centers by 2015.

Friday - 02/21/2014, 03:42am EST
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The U.S. warns the Ukrainian military

Reviving images of the Cold War, the Ukrainian violence has again pitted the U.S. against Russia with militaristic overtones. Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren warned the Ukrainian armed forces to stay out of the conflict, as "participation would have consequences in our defense relationship". Russia has accused the U.S. of meddling and says it will stay out of the situation.

Thursday - 02/20/2014, 09:49am EST

DoD, industry must learn to share radio spectrum as it grows more scarce

The Pentagon will release a new strategy Thursday to address the growing spectrum needs. It will emphasize agile sharing of radio spectrum between government and industry.

Thursday - 02/20/2014, 04:20am EST
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Refocusing on character in the Army means more 'former' soldiers.

Kate Kidder, a research assistant for the Military, Veterans and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security, was Francis Rose's guest on Pentagon Solutions.

Wednesday - 02/19/2014, 06:24pm EST
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US Navy ready to deploy laser for 1st time

US Navy ready to deploy laser system this summer; rail guns aren't far behind

Wednesday - 02/19/2014, 12:34pm EST
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