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House panel probes DoD's acquisition workforce

The size of DoD's civilian acquisition workforce has grown by some 20,000 employees over the past five years and now numbers about 135,000 personnel members, according to Stephanie Barna, acting assistant secretary of Defense for Readiness and Force Management. That's thanks to an effort by DoD begun in 2009 to recapitalize its acquisition workforce. But the department's focus on the acquisition workforce has been strained by a slew of competing priorities and congressionally-mandated belt-tightening, Barna said.

Tags: Congress , House , House Armed Services Committee , Rick Larsen , Frank Kendall , Stephanie Barna , acquisition , acquisition workforce , Jack Moore

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 06:14pm EDT

House panel targets DoD acquisition reform, but will that be enough?

The House Armed Services Committee created a panel to figure out a way to reform the defense acquisition processes. Experts say reform may be difficult but it's also necessary given tight budgets and sequestration.

Tags: Dov Zakheim , Bill Greenwalt , In Depth , DoD , acquistion , acquisition workforce , Acquisition reform , House , House Armed Services Committee , Buck McKeon , DHS , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 11/06/2013, 02:29pm EST
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Column: Cyber inaction may be our Achilles' heel

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), the chairman of the House GOP Cybersecurity Task Force, argues that the country's national security cannot afford a stalemate on cyber legislation. His column is part of Federal News Radio's special report, Cybersecurity Rising.

Tags: Congress , Cybersecurity Rising , technology , DHS , DoD , House Armed Services Committee , House , House GOP Cybersecurity Task Force , cybersecurity , cybersecurity legislation

Wednesday - 10/24/2012, 03:08am EDT

Military branches refine cyber roles

Two years after U.S. Cyber Command became operational, the military services that provide its cyber forces are beginning to more tightly define their respective responsibilities in the joint cyber environment. Gen. Keith Alexander issued a memo recently giving each of the services a lead cyber role for specific geographic areas of the world.

Tags: DoD , Congress , cybersecurity , Cyber Command , Keith Alexander , Army , Navy , Air Force , Marine Corps , Rhett Hernandez , Suzanne Vautrinot , Michael Rogers , Jared Serbu

Monday - 07/30/2012, 05:21am EDT
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Pentagon still grappling with rules of cyberwar

The Pentagon is still grappling with how to write the rules of cyberwarfare, such as when and how to fire back against a computer-based attack, senior military leaders told Congress Wednesday.

Tags: DoD , cybersecurity , Congress , Michael Rogers , Keith Alexander , NSA , Suzanne Vautrinot , Cybersecurity Update

Wednesday - 07/25/2012, 07:31pm EDT

House-backed cyber bills head to Senate

Despite a veto threat from the President, the House passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) Thursday , along with three other cybersecurity bills.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , CISPA , FISMA , cybersecurity , Mike Rogers , technology , Dutch Ruppersberger

Friday - 04/27/2012, 07:12pm EDT

Congress pushes back against another round of BRAC

DoD officials say as the number of troops shrink so should their real estate holdings. Lawmakers are wary about reducing troop and bases levels too much, and the expense of the Base Realignment and Closure process.

Tags: DoD , budget , BRAC , Roscoe Bartlett , Leon Panetta , Michael McCord , James Inhofe , Martin Dempsey , House Armed Services Committee , Senate Armed Services Committee , GAO , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 02/16/2012, 05:13am EST
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House Committee mulls incentives for companies to boost cyber defenses

A House Republican task force says Congress should give companies incentives to boost their cybersecurity defenses, Reuters reports. Incentives could include tax breaks, regulatory relief and protection against lawsuits for companies that embrace certain cyber standards.

Tags: cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Amy Morris , Congress ,

Thursday - 10/06/2011, 11:26am EDT

Boehner taps Thornberry to lead cybersecurity initiative

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) will lead cybersecurity efforts that cut across committee lines.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , technology , Federal Drive , John Boehner , Congress

Monday - 12/27/2010, 10:44am EST