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Senate committee clears Carter nomination

The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved, by a voice vote, the nomination of Ashton Carter to be deputy secretary of defense.

Tags: Congress , DoD , Senate , Senate Armed Services Committee , Ruben Gomez , DoD Report , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 09/21/2011, 07:11pm EDT

DoD savings won't target industry profits

Even though a short era of ever-increasing military budgets has come to a close, Pentagon leaders said Monday their quest to find savings in defense spending is not aimed at reducing the profitability of contractors.

Tags: DoD , contracting , acquisition , Better Buying Power , industry , Frank Kendall , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 07/19/2011, 06:48am EDT
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DoD to stop some industry mergers

The Department of Defense is trying to stop mergers among the nation's largest weapons contractors.

Tags: DoD , industry , mergers , acquisition policy , acquisition

Thursday - 06/16/2011, 07:06pm EDT

For DoD, a penny saved is now a penny earned

Services and components in the Defense Department are being told they will be permitted to retain any savings they find through better management of acquisition programs. Undersecretary of Defense Ashton Carter says the decision would provide an incentive for program managers to make effective use of a now-mandatory initiative known as "will-cost and should-cost management."

Tags: DoD , DoD Report , contracting , Robert Hale , acquisition savings , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 04/28/2011, 07:33am EDT
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DoD's process to buy services lacking

A Defense Science Board panel found DoD's procedures and its senior leaders don't give service contracts the attention they deserve. Service contracts make up more than 50 percent of the Defense Department's acquisition budget.

Tags: DoD , contracting , industry , management , DoD budget , service contracting , Commission on Wartime Contracting , Defense Science Board , Jacques Gansler , Jared Serbu , DoD Report

Monday - 04/25/2011, 08:21pm EDT
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DoD to cut more than just weapons systems

The Pentagon's acquisition chief said Wednesday that Defense leaders would "undoubtedly" cut more major weapons systems, possibly as soon as next year. But undersecretary of Defense Ashton Carter said there were more savings to be found in other areas of the Defense Department budget. Major weapons procurement makes up only one seventh of DoD's spending.

Tags: DoD , contracting , industry , management , DoD budget , dod efficiency initiative , service contracting , Heritage Foundation , Jared Serbu , DoD Report

Wednesday - 04/20/2011, 07:23pm EDT
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Carter: DoD needs acquisition 'fast lane'

Ashton Carter, the Defense Department's undersecretary for acquisitions, said the Pentagon can buy things quickly when it truly needs to. But when it comes to supporting overseas contingency operations, he said the country needs a dedicated, permanent "fast lane" that leapfrogs DoD's notoriously slow methods of buying goods and services.

Tags: DoD , contracting , best practices , management , Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afgh , DoD budget , Jared Serbu , DoD Report

Tuesday - 03/29/2011, 07:23am EDT
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Army teeing up acquisition reforms

The Defense Department's efficiencies initiative isn't just about internal DoD processes, the Army's acquisition chief said Wednesday. The service wants its vendors to help find ways to reduce costs and take on risk in the process, he said.

Tags: DoD , contracting , industry , Army , Malcolm O'Neill , DoD budget , Robert Gates , Professional Services Council , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 03/10/2011, 07:06am EST
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DoD wants vendor input on unnecessary costs

The Defense Department's procurement chief is asking contractors to submit comments on acquisition practices that increase costs but do not add value to DoD purchases. The request is part of DoD's "Better Buying Initiative."

Tags: DoD , industry , contracting , efficiency initiative , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 02/22/2011, 04:55pm EST

DoD: No mergers for biggest contractors

The Defense Department's acquisition chief said mergers would hurt competition.

Tags: DoD Report , acquisition , mergers , contracting , Bloomberg TV , Dorobek Insider

Wednesday - 02/09/2011, 01:40pm EST
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