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Army awards $2.5 billion operations contracts

The Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command awarded 36 contracts under its OPTARSS II program. The program provides DoD with operational planning, training and more.

Tags: Army , contracting , OPTARSS II , small business , Army Forces Command , CGI

Thursday - 04/21/2011, 06:44pm EDT

Army's BRAC traffic plan flawed

A new report finds the Pentagon used faulty data when it decided to relocate 6,400 Department of Defense workers from Crystal City to Alexandria's Mark Center as part of the Base Realignment and Closure Act.

Tags: BRAC , Army , defense , Mark Center , Jim Moran , inspector general , traffic , newsstand , Suzanne Kubota

Thursday - 04/21/2011, 12:37pm EDT

Analysis: DoD's spending cuts start with setting strategy

Former deputy defense secretary Rudy Deleon gives his take on the President's call for Defense to slash spending.

Tags: Rudy deLeon , budget , Robert Gates , deficit , In Depth

Wednesday - 04/20/2011, 07:59pm 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: contracting , industry , management , DoD budget , dod efficiency initiative , service contracting , Ashton Carter , Heritage Foundation , Jared Serbu , DoD Report

Wednesday - 04/20/2011, 07:23pm EDT
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Stop Loss deadline extended

If you still haven't claimed your stop loss special pay, the deadline has been extended to October 21st.

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Report , Stop Loss Pay , pay and benefits

Wednesday - 04/20/2011, 08:40am EDT

Platts calls for more controls over improper payments

The chairman of the subcommittee on federal financial management said legislation may be needed to ensure agency accounting procedures are focusing on stopping improper payments. He said progress across the government is good, but more tools are necessary. OMB is testing the Do Not Pay List and plans to launch the full portal in 2012.

Tags: management , Todd Platts , Danny Werfel , OMB , Oversight and Government Reform Committee , SSA , CMS , VA , DHS , improper payments , Do Not Pay List , Recovery audits , internal controls , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 04/20/2011, 08:25am EDT
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Will $400B in cuts change DoD's role?

James Carafano, director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, discusses the possible DoD cuts.

Tags: James Carafano , Heritage Foundation , budget , In Depth

Tuesday - 04/19/2011, 06:54pm EDT
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Russian authorities seeking to control email

Russia's FSB, the equivalent to the FBI is trying to get access to encrypted communication providers like Skype, Gmail and Hotmail. Reuters is reporting, "the agency says the uncontrolled use of such services could threaten national security." Alexander Andreyechkin, head of the FSB says, "the uncontrolled use of these services could lead to a large-scale threat to Russian security." Critics say what he really wants to do is limit access to the internet ahead of the 2012 elections.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , J.J. Green , defense

Tuesday - 04/19/2011, 05:25pm EDT

Israelies show their cards

Israel has rolled out it secret weapon. In the face of renewed shelling from Gaza, The military unveiled something they call the Iron Dome yesterday. It's a missile shield. The device intercepted two rockets in its first deployment. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the announcement while visiting Prague. The Iron Dome fires radar-guided missiles from a truck-sized launcher and which tracks and blows up incoming rockets in mid-air.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , J.J. Green , defense

Tuesday - 04/19/2011, 05:10pm EDT

The Associated Press reports

The Associated Press reports: "Defense Secretary Robert Gates tried to smooth the worst rift in years with Arab ally and oil producer Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, reassuring the Saudi king that the U.S. remains a steady friend despite support for pro-democracy revolutions in the Middle East. The Saudi king, looking thin after months of medical treatment in the United States and elsewhere, welcomed Gates for what the Pentagon chief later said was a cordial and warm visit."

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , J.J. Green , defense

Tuesday - 04/19/2011, 05:09pm EDT
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