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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed senior Pentagon officials to re-examine the U.S. military strategy approved last year to see how priorities may need to be adjusted due to budget cuts that took effect on March 1, U.S. officials said. According to the Associated Press, "the decision, made on Friday, comes as the Pentagon is struggling to cut $46 billion from this year's defense budget and faces the prospect of an additional $50 billion per year in reductions to projected spending for the next nine years."
In response to the budget cuts that took effect March 1, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a re-evaluation of the underpinnings of the defense strategy that President Barack Obama announced 14 months ago.
The Pentagon announced Friday it will spend $1 billion to add 14 interceptors to a West Coast-based missile defense system, responding to what it called faster-than-anticipated North Korean progress on nuclear weapons and missiles. In announcing the decision, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he is determined to ensure protection of the U.S. homeland and stay ahead of the North Korean missile threat. He acknowledged that the interceptors already in place to defend against potential North Korean missile launches have had poor test performances.
Officials aim to redefine operational series codes for civilian cybersecurity workers and offer more pay for additional expertise. The Air Force would like to create an elite cadre of civilian cyber warriors.
Pentagon sends nearly $1 billion a year in unemployment checks to troops who left voluntarily
Veterans groups are asking President Barack Obama to step into a dispute over a new medal for remote warfare troops that was ranked higher than traditional combat medals like the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. The Veterans of Foreign Wars and other groups sent a letter to Obama on Thursday asking him to keep the medal ranked below the Purple Heart. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has already ordered a review of the new medal, which is for drone operators and cyber warfighters.
Lawmakers say they're opposed to more military base closings in the United States
DoD said it is tightening-up governance over its large business IT systems, looking for indicators of future failure and forcing resource sponsors to justify their needs before projects begin. Elizabeth McGrath, DoD's deputy chief management officer, told House lawmakers the Pentagon is working on data quality and changing business processes to avoid previous problems.
Senate panel criticizes military for making too little progress in combating sexual assault
The awakening arrives in Afghanistan. Villagers in southern Afghanistan -the birthplace of the Taliban 20 years ago have staged what's being called a first-of-its-kind uprising. Army Maj. Gen. Robert B. Abrams says it's a promising development in Kandahar province and it could spread to other districts. This comes while U.S. and allied forces are taking a back-seat role in fighting the insurgency.
Jim Craft, the CIO of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), said the culture of taking appropriate risk to get technology to soldiers is making a huge difference in saving lives.
March 14, 2013 (Part two of interview airs March 21, 2013)
The Army expects to mostly finish the migration to enterprise email by the end of this month. The Air Force and the Navy begin pilot tests using the cloud applications.
Military pay is exempt from the automatic budget cuts, known as sequestration, that went into effect earlier this month. But scores of military programs that impact service members in their everyday lives, such as tuition assistance and family programs, are not protected from the across-the-board budget reductions. Officials from the Defense Department and the military services testified before the House Armed Services Committee's subcommittee on military personnel on the impact of the budget cuts on training, retention and family-assistance programs.
The top U.S. intelligence chief says that budget cuts have jeopardized America's security and safety -- and will only get worse over time.
The director of National Intelligence says a cyber-storm is growing. The Defense Department is establishing a series of cyber teams charged with carrying out offensive operations to combat the threat of an electronic assault on the United States that could cause major damage and disruption to the country's vital infrastructure, a senior military official said Tuesday.
U.S. Cyber Command is putting together dozens of groups to defend the military's network, to work with combatant commanders on offensive tactics and to respond to attacks against the nation. Gen. Keith Alexander, however, said budget cuts will delay DoD's ability to recruit and train team members.
The Pentagon's acquisition chief said he's planning day-to-day, not year-to-year because of sequestration's indiscriminate cuts and political uncertainty over DoD's budget. In 2014, there will be more opportunities to prioritize, but spending reductions also will lead to cancellation of contracts and downsizing of the military and civilian workforce.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a review of the Distinguished Warfare Medal, which was to be awarded to troops who operate drones and use other technological skills to fight America's wars from afar.
US Navy deploys new ship to Singapore even as automatic budget cuts pinch federal spending
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's surprising allegation that the U.S. and Taliban are conspiring together to keep the war going caught some off guard. But during his eight years as president, Karzai has frequently antagonized the U.S. government by claiming the U.S. motives for being in Afghanistan were selfish. At one point he accused the U.S. of using Afghan soil for its own goals and purposes. More than 2,000 American have been killed and more than 18,000 have been wounded.