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Gates fires back on Predators

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is not happy with the slow pace of using unmanned Predator drone aircraft. They've had great success in Afghanistan, dating back to early 2008. Gates told the Air Force Academy Friday that "it's been like pulling teeth" to get more of the planes "because people were stuck in old ways of doing business." Gates also clashed with Air Force leadership over production of the top-of-the-line, F-22 Raptor. He said pressure to build more than twice the number budgeted by the Defense Department is a problem.

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

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 07:21pm EDT

Dueling testimony on TRICARE fees

Members of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel are studying the Defense Department's proposal to increase fees for working-age retirees who use the military's TRICARE health insurance benefit. The panel heard, in separate hearings, from DoD officials defending the increase, and retiree groups who fear it is a "camel's nose under the tent."

Tags: pay and benefits , Congress , TRICARE , health care , Robert Gates , Stan Strobridge , Rick Jones , Niki Tsongas , Joe Wilson , National Association of Uniformed Services , Military Officers Association of America , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 03:50pm EDT
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Obama picks Kansas to win NCAA men's tourney

For the third year in a row, President Barack Obama plays the March Madness game.

Tags: ESPN , YouTube , Barack Obama , March Madness , NCAA tournament

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 02:54pm EDT

AFGE pulls out of NSPS talks

The American Federation of Government Employees said Tuesday it will no longer participate in discussions related to the future status of DoD employees who had been part of the soon-to-be-terminated National Security Personnel System. The labor organization said "union-busting" activities by the Air Force were the reason for its decision.

Tags: pay and benefits , Congress , NSPS , AFGE , John Gage , Air Force , pay-for-performance , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 07:40am EDT

Jumper: Breaking "titanium stovepipes" key to DoD success

Former Air Force Chief of Staff on solving the "people" challenges at the DoD.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Pentagon Solutions , John Jumper , budget , Japan , defense , acquisition

Tuesday - 03/15/2011, 05:46pm EDT
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CBO: Reducing fed pay could save $67B over decade

Reducing pay and benefits of federal civilian employees, military and retirees could save the government $10 billion over five years and $50 billion over 10 years, according to a March report by the Congressional Budget Office.

Tags: pay and benefits , CBO , budget , raise , military , Jolie Lee

Tuesday - 03/15/2011, 03:17pm EDT

DISA blocks DoD employee access to video sites

There will be slightly less "video intelligence' at the Department of Defense from now on.

Tags: Federal Drive , Cybersecurity Update , cybersecurity , defense , DISA , YouTube

Tuesday - 03/15/2011, 10:30am EDT

DoD details furlough rules...just in case

Military personnel would not be subject to a furlough in the event of a government shutdown, according to guidance prepared by the Defense Department as a contingency plan. The memo, drafted earlier this month, gives broad overarching guidance to military departments and agencies who would have discretion to determine what activities would and would not be exempted from a shutdown.

Tags: contracting , shutdown , budget , DoD budget , continuing resolution , Robert Gates , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 03/15/2011, 07:27am EDT

DoD may require contractors to display hotline poster

The Defense Department is proposing a rule that requires contractors to display the DoD fraud hotline poster in common work areas.

Tags: Federal Register , contracting , hotline

Friday - 03/11/2011, 01:35pm EST

Agencies still sharing after WikiLeaks

Fears that the leak of thousands of State Department memos to the website WikiLeaks would reverse progress on interagency sharing of national security information have not materialized, officials testified Thursday. Agencies have responded by recognizing the need to protect data rather than by hoarding it, they said.

Tags: Congress , technology , information sharing , State Department , Director of National Intelligence , James Clapper , Teri Takai , Corin Stone , Patrick Kennedy , WikiLeaks , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , identity management , secure identity cards , CACs , public key infrastructure , SIPRNet , Jared Serbu

Friday - 03/11/2011, 07:19am EST
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