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Army teeing up acquisition reforms

The Defense Department's efficiencies initiative isn't just about internal DoD processes, the Army's acquisition chief said Wednesday. The service wants its vendors to help find ways to reduce costs and take on risk in the process, he said.

Tags: DoD , contracting , industry , Army , Malcolm O'Neill , Robert Gates , Ashton Carter , Professional Services Council , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 03/10/2011, 07:06am EST
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DoD, Energy to fund new hybrid energy research

The Defense and Energy departments will team up on a pair of multimillion dollar research projects. The goal is to give the military access to secure, reliable renewable energy, both in deployed units and on military bases.

Tags: DoD , DoE , ARPA-E , Ray Mabus , Quadrennial Defense Review , Navy , energy efficiency , renewable energy , Mike McCord , Jared Serbu

Monday - 03/07/2011, 07:28am EST
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In budget talks, DoD ‘not the holdup'

The chairman and the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services committee are determined to find a near-term way to pass a Defense Department budget, and not merely a continuing resolution, for fiscal year 2011, the panel's top Democrat said Tuesday.

Tags: DoD , management , continuing resolution , budget , Mike McCord , Adam Smith , Buck McKeon , Robert Gates , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 03/02/2011, 12:12pm EST
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CR means shorter lead times for Navy moves

The Navy is alerting servicemembers that operating under continuing resolution funding levels in its manpower and personnel accounts will lead to orders to new duty stations on much shorter notice.

Tags: DoD , Navy , continuing resolution , permanent change of station , navy personnel command , Robert Weitzman , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 02/23/2011, 07:12am EST
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JFCOM contractors await closure details

Leaders of the Joint Forces Command in Virginia are planning to meet with contractors this week discuss what the command's closure will mean for their businesses. If all goes according to plan, the lights will be turned out at JFCOM for the final time in a little more than a year.

Tags: DoD , JFCOM , contracting , industry , Robert Gates , Ray Odierno , Kaufman and Canoles , Federal Capture Consulting , Terry Murphy , Butch Bondoc , Scott Rigell , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 02/22/2011, 07:53am EST
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DoD on path to obtain clean books by 2017

The Defense Department's deputy chief financial officer said Friday that the department believes it will achieve the 2017 deadline to produce auditable financial statements. DoD is approaching the problem in way that makes clear that clean books are not only the responsibility of its accountants, he said.

Tags: DoD , management , financial management , audit readiness , consolidated financial statements , GAO , Mark Easton , Gene Dodaro , AGA , Jared Serbu , DoD Report

Monday - 02/21/2011, 07:18am EST
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DoD's impending crisis a myth, critics say

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said repeatedly over recent weeks that operating the Defense Department under 2010 funding levels represented a "crisis on my doorstep." Several Defense spending critics said the assessment was overblown.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Robert Gates , Gordon Adams , Christopher Preble , Lawrence Korb , Center for American Progress , Cato Institute , American University , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 02/16/2011, 07:06am EST
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Defense budget: a look inside the numbers

With all the cuts, can the Defense Department meet the mission, and which contractors will be feeling the bite? We ask defense contracting expert, Jim McAleese.

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Report , FY 2012 budget , contracting , Jim McAleese

Tuesday - 02/15/2011, 09:40am EST
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CR may turn into crisis for Defense, Gates says

Continuing to operate at 2010 funding levels under a continuing resolution would be a crisis for the military, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday. He made the remarks at a briefing detailing DoD's proposed budget for 2012.

Tags: DoD , Congress , pay and benefits , Robert Gates , Robert Hale , dod efficiency initiative , TRICARE , military pay , cybersecurity , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 02/15/2011, 06:56am EST
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Most JFCOM layoffs will be contractors

Gen. Ray Odierno, the commander of the soon to be shuttered Joint Forces Command said Wednesday that the vast majority of jobs lost in JFCOM's closure would be contracted positions. Most of the command's civilian and uniformed billets will be moved into a newly-created two-star command or transferred to individual military services.

Tags: DoD , JFCOM , contracting , Robert Gates , Ray Odierno , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 02/09/2011, 07:01pm EST
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