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Gates to detail DoD spending cuts

Defense Secretary Robert Gates was expected to spend the morning detailing for members of Congress his internal cost-cutting measures, which he said in August would save the department $100 billion over five years. Analysts said the effort was intended to preempt any budget cuts that Congress might force on the department.

Tags: management , contracting , Robert Gates , budget cuts , JFCOM , Congress , Jim McAleese , Mackenzie Eaglen , Maren Leed , Heritage Foundation , CSIS , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 01/06/2011, 01:39pm EST

TRICARE expansion for young adults will be retroactive

A new program covering the dependents of TRICARE beneficiaries up to age 26 will not be ready for a formal roll-out for several more months, but one of the program's top officials said they intend to make the new coverage retroactive to Jan. 1.

Tags: TRICARE , pay and benefits , Michael O'Bar , National Guard , reserves , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 01/04/2011, 07:53pm EST
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Brookings scholars on potential cuts to Pentagon budget

A ten percent DoD budget cut can be done, says Brookings Senior Fellow Michael O'Hanlon.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Pentagon Solutions , Brookings Institution , Martin Indyk , Michael O'Hanlon , Alice Rivlin , Robert Kagan ,

Tuesday - 01/04/2011, 05:21pm EST

New Year's resolutions for the Pentagon

Small Wars Journal's Robert Haddick outlines the top three resolutions he has suggested for the Defense Department.

Tags: Robert Haddick , Small Wars Journal , Dorobek Insider

Tuesday - 01/04/2011, 04:40pm EST
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U.S. denies drones downed

No evidence that U.S drones were shot down in the Persian Gulf. That's the word from the Pentagon. But Iran is claiming that it took out two Western drones in the Gulf. Reuters reports, the last time a U.S. drone crashed in the Gulf was in 2009 after a mechanical failure. Pentagon spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan says there are "no recent reports that would corroborate what the Revolutionary Guard said about unmanned aerial vehicles."

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

Tuesday - 01/04/2011, 12:08pm EST

DAU launches acquisitions marketplace

Lyle Eesley, director of the Learning Center of Excellence for Service Acquisition at DAU, joins the Federal Drive with more information on the Service Acquisition Mall (SAM)

Tags: Federal Drive , Defense , DoD Report , DAU , Service Acquisition Mall

Tuesday - 01/04/2011, 09:40am EST
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DoD studying ways to make products affordable, sustainable

An informal working group reviewed 61 methodologies in the private sector for measuring the lifecycle cost of products. DoD's goal is to incorporate such a total cost of ownership approach for all products. The Pentagon eventually could make the process a standard.

Tags: contracting , Paul Yaroschak , green acquisition , sustainability , lifecycle management , Jason Miller

Monday - 01/03/2011, 07:47pm EST
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DoD still working to tighten SSN controls

The Defense Department continues to scrub service members' social security numbers from public DoD websites. The armed services plan to transition to an alternative ID number system by 2012.

Tags: technology , West Point , identity theft , privacy , PII , Jared Serbu

Monday - 01/03/2011, 06:19pm EST

Moran: Mark Center traffic to create 'chaos'

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) said his efforts to limit parking at the Alexandria administrative center were not part of the new defense authorization bill.

Tags: Dorobek Insider , Jim Moran , BRAC , Mark Center , traffic , Defense Authorization Bill ,

Monday - 01/03/2011, 04:59pm EST
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