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Navy halts data center expansions

The Navy's top IT official ordered the entire service not to spend any money for new or upgraded servers and data centers. This comes as the service prepares to release its enterprise data center consolidation strategy in March.

Tags: DoD , technology , Navy , Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative , data center consolidation , cloud computing , SOA ,

Friday - 01/14/2011, 07:14pm EST

Navy to thin senior officer ranks

The Navy will eliminate 200 captains and commanders, citing high retention and low attrition rates.

Tags: DoD , Navy , Chief of Naval Personnel , management

Thursday - 01/13/2011, 04:22pm EST

Air Force to cut IT costs by 25 percent

IT consolidation and efficiency efforts within the Air Force are part of the service's contribution to Defense Secretary Robert Gates' efficiency initiative, Air Force Secretary Mike Donley said Wednesday. He expects to shave more than $1 billion from the service's IT expenses.

Tags: DoD , technology , Air Force , Mike Donley , cloud computing , IT consolidation , budget ,

Wednesday - 01/12/2011, 07:16pm EST

Retiree groups wary of TRICARE proposal

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said last week that he wants to increase health insurance premiums for working-age military retirees by a "modest" amount to take pressure off of DoD's ballooning health care budget. Groups that represent retirees say Gates' past proposals for TRICARE hikes have been anything but modest.

Tags: DoD , pay and benefits , Congress , Robert Gates , budget , TRICARE , Military Officers Association of America , The Retired Enlisted Association , CSIS , Cathy Beasley , Deirdre Holleman , Maren Leed ,

Wednesday - 01/12/2011, 01:51pm EST

DoD mandates use of online tools for cost estimates

Beginning in February, all Defense Department components will be required to use new online tools to generate cost estimates for "any new proposal or initiative, large or small." Secretary Robert Gates in a memo urged DoD employees to start using the online tools now.

Tags: management , DoD , Congress , Robert Gates , Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation , defense spending ,

Monday - 01/10/2011, 07:29pm EST

New consumer agency will have DoD component

The Consumer Financial Protection Agency will include an office dedicated to helping members of the armed forces. It will be led by Holly Petraeus, wife of the commander of forces in Afghanistan.

Tags: management , DoD , Congress , CFPA , Elizabeth Warren , Holly Petraeus ,

Monday - 01/10/2011, 05:40pm EST

Operating costs will eat into DoD efficiency savings

While each of the military services will have access to money freed up by Defense Secretary Robert's Gates efficiency initiative, they will not be able to use it all on new capabilities as he originally intended.

Tags: Robert Gates , DoD , budget , Congress , pay and benefits , Mike Mullen ,

Monday - 01/10/2011, 11:07am EST

Obama signs Defense authorization bill

Despite what he called 'strong objections' to limitations in the bill on the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees, President Obama on Friday signed the 2011 defense authorization bill

Tags: DoD , Congress , Barack Obama , Defense Authorization Bill , Guantanamo Bay ,

Friday - 01/07/2011, 07:39pm EST

JFCOM rebranding, downsizing, but not closing

A memorandum signed by the president Thursday night gives DoD the green light to formally shut down the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said about half the command's functions will stay in the Norfolk area, while Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner's office said JFCOM would be revamped and renamed.

Tags: management , DoD , Congress , JFCOM , Robert Gates , Mark Warner , Ray Odierno , Kevin Hall , DoD budget ,

Friday - 01/07/2011, 04:38pm EST

Reporters' Roundup: JFCOM, Federal News Countdown

Your daily debrief of the stories Federal News Radio reporters are working on.

Tags: Reporters' Roundup , JFCOM , DoD , Francis Rose , Dorobek Insider , In Depth

Friday - 01/07/2011, 04:00pm EST
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