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Army puts brakes on insourcing

A directive signed this week by the secretary of the Army requires high-level review and analysis of any proposal to insource contracting functions. Outside groups have accused DoD of insourcing workers based on arbitrary quotas.

Tags: management , contracting , insourcing , Army , John McHugh , Robert Gates , Professional Services Council , Stan Soloway , DoD budget , Jared Serbu

Friday - 02/04/2011, 12:18pm EST
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Protests threaten U.S. contractor business in Egypt

POLITICO's Jen Di Mascio explains how the protests in Egypt could affect U.S. contractors doing business there.

Tags: Jen Di Mascio , Politico , contracting , Egypt , Dorobek Insider

Thursday - 02/03/2011, 02:21pm EST
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DoD contracts went to excluded vendors

The Defense Department said in a report made public Wednesday that it continued to do business with more than a dozen vendors who has been debarred or suspended for fraud. DoD says it intends to implement training and issue guidance to correct the problem.

Tags: contracting , procurement integrity , contracting fraud , Bernie Sanders , Excluded Parties Listing System , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 02/02/2011, 07:18pm EST

Coburn: DoD must follow the money

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) asked DoD officials to be audit ready in anticipation of budget cuts. GAO has not been able to form an auditable opinion of them in over a decade.

Tags: management , Tom Coburn , GAO , financial management , budget cuts , John Buckner

Wednesday - 02/02/2011, 01:43pm EST

Yemen joins the fray

The Arab world is consumed by protests demanding democracy and justice. Yemen's president, is hoping to shut-down unrest by offering concessions. But will they be enough? The changes sweeping the region may mean upheaval is not far away. Sporadic demonstrations have already struck the poor Arabian Peninsula state. And the protests are taking place with the understanding that Al Qaida sympathizer Anwar Al Awlaki has urged attacks there to deal with their discontent.

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

Wednesday - 02/02/2011, 12:07pm EST

Tunisia showing signs of trouble

Carrying with knives and sticks gangs roam and rule the streets of the Tunisian town of Gessrine. Yesterday those gangs attacked government buildings and they threatened residents. The gangs burnt a youth center and attacked a number of other buildings in. Police were largely absent on the streets on Monday and the Army has had trouble restoring order in Gessrine. The uprising in Tunisia that led to the sacking of former President Ben Ali, is largely responsible for the revolution unfolding in Egypt.

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

Wednesday - 02/02/2011, 12:07pm EST

Egyptian military cuts short Washington talks

Egypt's military chief of staff cut short a visit to the Pentagon because of anti-government. U.S. Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. James Cartwright said that Egypt's Lt. Gen. Sami Hafez Anan flew home, just two days into a planned week of meetings in Washington. Anan was in the U.S. for the highest level strategic talks each year between Washington and Cairo. Repeating the Obama administration's position on upheaval in Egypt, Cartwright urged the Egyptian government to show restraint in how it deals with protesters.

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

Wednesday - 02/02/2011, 12:06pm EST

New terror alert system has arrived

So what will the new terror alert system look like? The National Terrorism Advisory System will be implemented over the next 90 days. Under the new system, DHS and other federal entities to issue formal, detailed alerts when the federal government receives information about a specific or credible terrorist threat. They'll provide a concise summary of the potential threat and actionable information.

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

Wednesday - 02/02/2011, 12:06pm EST

Roadside bomb numbers are high

268 American troops were killed last year by roadside bombs in Afghanistan. The Pentagon says since the U.S. invasion in October 2001, 619 U.S. troops have been killed and another 5,764 have been wounded in improvised explosive device (IED) attacks. Overall, at least 1,370 U.S. troops have been killed in Afghanistan since the war began. Last year was, by far, the deadliest for all foreign troops, including Americans, with 702 killed, eclipsing the 2009 record of 504. While the number is high, it's about a third of what the number was in Iraq.

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

Wednesday - 02/02/2011, 11:59am EST
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