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DoD makes it official: FCS is cancelled

Memo calls for smaller scale, incremental programs. Army must have plan in place in 30 days on how it will meet new project goals.

Tags: management , contracting , Robert Gates , Army , DoD , GAO , Boeing , SAIC , FCS

Tuesday - 06/23/2009, 06:45pm EDT

Room needed for 'judgement' in DoD acquisition

Outgoing Pentagon procurement chief vents.

Tags: management , John Young , Pentagon , DoD

Monday - 04/27/2009, 07:52pm EDT
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White House names new DoD head of acquisition, other management positions

The White House has started filling some of the key management positions across the government.

Tags: management , Barack Obama , Kathleen Merrigan , John Morton , Jon Cannon , Seth Harris , April Boyd , Tom Strickland , Steve Rattner , DoD , USDA , Commerce , EPA , Labor , Interior , Treasury

Monday - 02/23/2009, 07:47pm EST

FCS - R.I.P.

It's done. Not only is the $87 billion manned ground vehicle segment, but the entire Army Future Combat System modernization program is finished. The Pentagon's chief weapons buyer Ashton Carter say modernization will continue, but the fate of the players is still under consideration. That means, SAIC and Boeing will have to wait and see what their roles will be. Stop work orders will be issued shortly and conversations with the contractors about termination fees will begin and then it's back to the drawing board.

Tags: technology , Pentagon , Army , SAIC

Monday - 05/18/2009, 08:06pm EDT

Pentagon Cutting Weapons

The Pentagon has cut several weapons programs it says are no longer needed. Ashton Carter, defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, says the cuts may avoid further cancellations of major programs. He said at a conference this week, "It's fair to say that the poorest performers were identified." He added other programs, like the latest generation fighter, the F-35, are still being reviewed and could be restructured. Scheduling slippage has been a chronic problem for the F-35. Others, like the C-17 transport have been axed.

Tags: technology , Pentagon , weapons ,

Thursday - 02/18/2010, 06:49pm EST

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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