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Industry Chatter: SAIC copes with defense cuts

Federal contractors are feeling the pinch of defense cuts. Federal News Radio spoke with Deb Alderson, president of SAIC's Defense Solutions Group, about how her company is adjusting to the cuts.

Tags: SAIC , Deb Alderson , In Depth , Industry Chatter , Francis Rose , Contracting , Industry

Thursday - 05/26/2011, 05:05pm EDT
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President Obama to chose next Joint Chiefs Chairman

Who will be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff? The Associated Press indicates "Two people familiar with President Barack Obama's search" indicate he's chosen Army Gen. Martin Dempsey. Pentagon officials asked about it declined to comment on it way or the other. Dempsey would be an interesting choice because he just started a four-year term as Army chief of staff on April 11. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen's term ends Oct. 1.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , J.J. Green , Defense

Thursday - 05/26/2011, 02:31pm EDT

Defense bill denies raises for poor performers

The House is expected to vote today on the bill, which will set spending levels and policy for the DoD in fiscal year 2012.

Tags: Defense Authorization Bill , budget , pay and benefits , pay for performance , Darrell Issa , Dennis Ross , Allen West , Jolie Lee

Thursday - 05/26/2011, 12:55pm EDT

Defense spending drying up

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is trying to prepare the defense industry for a huge decline in defense spending. Fiscal concerns could cause the Pentagon to abandon some military missions, and reduce the size of the armed forces. He's preparing to retire next month and in one of his last speeches, he told the American Enterprise Institute, that the days of post 9/11 unchallenged defense spend are numbered. He said neither the money nor the political support are there.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , J.J. Green , Defense

Wednesday - 05/25/2011, 06:06pm EDT

Time is running out

U/S intelligence agents are on the hunt around the world for Osama bin Laden's associates. Fred Burton, VP of intelligence at Stratfor says, "the first step is the identification of the individual and the second step is what country are they located in and can you find them." Mullah Omar, Ayman at Zawahiri and Anwar al Awlaki are the top of the list. And if any of them are in Pakistan says Burton, "That's going to pose a unique problem at this time." That problem is restoring trust between the two countries in time to capture them before they disappear.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , J.J. Green , Defense

Wednesday - 05/25/2011, 05:59pm EDT

Risks, rewards of moving to open source software

DoD says there's a secure way for agencies to use open source software.

Tags: Gunnar Hellekson , Red Hat , Open source software , technology , In Depth

Wednesday - 05/25/2011, 04:24pm EDT
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Gates: Pay and benefits should be on table for cuts

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the military is not the cause of the nation's debt and deficits -- but it needs to be part of the solution. And he said finding that solution could involve reexamining military pay and benefits.

Tags: budget , Congress , pay and benefits , DoD budget , Robert Gates , efficiency initiatives , management , American Enterprise Institute , Cato Institute , TRICARE , Christopher Preble , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 05/25/2011, 08:21am EDT
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Army to test, fix communications tech at home, not abroad

The service wants to put certain software and hardware in a real-world environment to see how it would perform in conditions similar to those in combat. The process also will influence how the Army buys technology in the future.

Tags: technology , Contracting , Susan Lawrence , Peter Chiarelli , Keith Walker , Army , mobile computing , smartphones , test and evaluation , Peter Buxbaum

Monday - 05/23/2011, 06:45pm EDT

Al Qaida is warned

President Barack Obama has sent a blunt and chilling warning to Al Qaida. "We not only took out (Osama Bin Laden) the symbol and operational leader of Al Qaida, we walked off with his files." He called it the largest treasure trove of intelligence ever seized from a terrorist. "Today every terrorist in the al Qaida network should be watching their back, because we're going to review every video, examine every photo, read every one of those millions of pages, we're going to pursue lead," said Mr. Obama. He told an audience at the CIA, they're going to go wherever they have to go to finish the job.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , J.J. Green , Defense

Monday - 05/23/2011, 03:33pm EDT

Mental health problems rising

The Army surgeon general says U.S. troops in Afghanistan are suffering with the highest rates of mental health problems since 2005 and morale is skidding. The report is a significant and detailed glimpse of the psychological cost of the battle that commanders claim has reversed the momentum of the insurgency. The doctors say morale is suffering given the dramatic increase in fighting, which is at the highest level since they started doing their mental health studies in 2003.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , J.J. Green , Defense

Monday - 05/23/2011, 03:33pm EDT
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