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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

White House to lower DoD budget request for 2012

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday that the Pentagon will reduce costs by raising health care premiums of working-age military retirees.

Tags: Robert Gates , DoD , budget , Congress , pay and benefits , TRICARE ,

Friday - 01/07/2011, 06:25am EST

Reporters' Roundup: DoD budget cuts, DISA's demilitarized zones

WFED's Jason Miller and Jared Serbu give details on stories they are working on.

Tags: demilitarized zones , DISA , DoD , Jason Miller , Dorobek Insider , Internet , technology , Robert Gates , budget , Reporters' Roundup

Thursday - 01/06/2011, 04:23pm EST

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: DoD , management , Contracting , Robert Gates , budget cuts , JFCOM , Congress , Jim McAleese , Mackenzie Eaglen , Maren Leed , Heritage Foundation , CSIS ,

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: DoD , TRICARE , pay and benefits , Michael O'Bar , National Guard , reserves ,

Tuesday - 01/04/2011, 07:53pm EST

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 , DoD , West Point , identity theft , privacy , PII ,

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

Critics: DoD IT acquisition report lacks new thinking

Two major contributors to a task force on Defense Department IT acquisition said DoD's report to Congress on its plans for reform contains some good recommendations - but fails to identify how the department will overcome powerful cultural barriers to change. Experts said DoD failed to look outside the traditional Defense industrial complex for new ways to manage the IT lifecycle.

Tags: Contracting , IT Acquisition Advisory Council , Kevin Carroll , John Weiler , Mike Wynne , William Lynn , DoD , David Fisher , cloud computing ,

Monday - 01/03/2011, 02:09pm EST
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