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NATO will deploy ground troops to Libya

According to the Associated Press, "British Prime Minister David Cameron insisted Thursday that NATO isn't edging toward the deployment of ground troops in Libya despite the decision by several European nations to send military staff to assist rebel forces." Britain, Italy and France are sending combat advisers to train Libya's opposition forces.

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

Monday - 04/25/2011, 05:35pm EDT

Manning now in Kansas

Wikileaks suspect PFC Bradley Manning has arrived at his new temporary home. The Leavenworth Joint Regional Correctional Facility in Kansas. It is there he will wait while the government decides whether to put him on trial. The first order of business is in-depth assessment by the medical staff there. The facility is a state-of-the-art, 464-bed, medium/minimum custody facility with a 48-bed special housing unit built to comply with American Correctional Association Standards. It officially opened last October.

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

Monday - 04/25/2011, 05:34pm EDT

Secret documents made public

World War One era documents have been declassified by the CIA. One document outlines the chemicals and techniques necessary for developing certain types of secret writing ink and a method for opening sealed letters without detection. One question that has come up since the declassification is, why now as opposed to a decade ago when, the case was litigated in court? The revelation at the time was deemed to be a hazard to U.S. national security.

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

Monday - 04/25/2011, 05:33pm EDT

Voluntary authorized departure ends

In the wake of the nuclear crisis in Japan, the Defense Department says it concurs with the State Department's determination that the situation in Japan does not pose significant risk to U.S. citizens. As a result, last Friday, the Pentagon ended the voluntary authorized departure of DoD eligible family members from Honshu, Japan. So far approximately 20,000 personnel, approximately 140 aircraft, and more than 20 ships from the U.S. military have supported Operation Tomodachi.

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

Monday - 04/25/2011, 05:33pm EDT

National security leadership change coming

Changes may be coming at the top at the Pentagon and the CIA. If they are in the works, it's difficult to tell who will do what, but as far as CIA Director Leon Panetta is concerned, "I hope he stays there. I think we wants to stay there. I'm encouraging him to stay there, says House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers. And he has some advice for the President. "You may need to find another Secretary of Defense. I think Secretary Gates deserves his time, but I would not make wholesale changes in all of the national security posts all at one time."

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

Monday - 04/25/2011, 05:32pm EDT

Commission says DoD misspent billions in Afghanistan contracts

The Commission on Wartime Contracting says the United States has misspent tens of billions of dollars on contracts and grants.

Tags: Commission on Wartime Contracting , Christopher Shays , Afghanistan , contracting , In Depth

Monday - 04/25/2011, 04:16pm EDT
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Shrinking budgets may be a blessing for DoD IT

In the Defense department, the goal of consolidating tens of thousands of IT systems and networks into a more manageable structure is not exactly new. But some leaders in the department think with new budget pressures in play, they'll be able to make some serious progress.

Tags: technology , budget , Congress , Teri Takai , Rob Carey , data center consolidation , enterprise IT , DoD budget , Jared Serbu

Monday - 04/25/2011, 07:28am EDT
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Va. officials urged to sue over Mark Center move

A new Pentagon inspector general report finds "procedural and technical weaknesses" in the Army's traffic assessment surrounding its plans to move 6,400 Defense employees to a privately owned office complex in northern Virginia. Rep. Jim Moran, whose district includes the site, said the findings provide the underpinnings for local officials to sue the Pentagon to stop the move.

Tags: BRAC , Congress , Jim Moran , Gerry Connolly , Army , Mark Center , inspector general , Jared Serbu , DoD Report

Friday - 04/22/2011, 07:43am EDT
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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
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