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Shut up when necessary

The Pentagon is feed up with leaks. "Over the last two years I've lost a first rate central command commander, and an outstanding commander of ISAF in Afghanistan due to their own missteps in dealing with the media, says Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates. He adds' "if you're a Captain in a unit that has an embedded reporter", be as open as possible within the guidelines and rules, but "if you're a Captain working in this building on budget options, I expect you to keep your mouth shut."

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , defense , ISAF , J.J. Green

Tuesday - 07/20/2010, 11:01am EDT

OFPP: Hiring needed ahead of 'tsunami of buying'

Agency leaders say a commitment hiring and training contract oversight personnel is an important step towards balancing the federal budget and increasing efficiency. They highlight several creative cost-cutting measures being undertaken government-wide.

Tags: DoD , OMB , contracting , Dan Gordon , Shay Assad , Barack Obama , Senate , defense , management , Rachel Stevens

Friday - 07/16/2010, 07:17am EDT

Groups fear 'Don't Ask' study skewed

Gay rights groups are concerned the Pentagon's massive survey of military attitudes toward repealing the "don't ask don't tell" policy could produce skewed results.

Tags: newscast , DorobekInsider , Must Reads , Don't Ask, Don't Tell , best practices , management , DoD

Friday - 07/09/2010, 04:43pm EDT

Gates to hold a DoD budget powwow

The meeting will focus on Gates's push for savings across the DoD.

Tags: newscast , DorobekInsider , Must Reads , DoD , management , best practices

Thursday - 07/08/2010, 03:27pm EDT

Pentagon cuts coming

The Pentagon needs to save $100 billion dollars in the next 5 years. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says cutting weapons systems and contractor services may be the way to go. The Pentagon will spend about $400 billion of its roughly $700 billion budget on weapons and services from defense contractors. Gates said it is "a matter of principle and political reality to make sure every taxpayer dollar counts."

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

Thursday - 07/01/2010, 01:28pm EDT

Russian/Iranian relationship questioned

Schizophrenic is how Defense Secretary Robert Gates describes Russia's relationship to Iran. In remarks before Congress he indicated Russian knows nukes in Iran would destabilized the region, but still Russia is pursuing a commercial relationship with Iran. Gates said he was told by his counterpart in Russia while he was head of the CIA in the 1990s, supporting Iran's nuclear reactor was all about the money.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Russia , Iran , Congress , J.J. Green

Thursday - 07/01/2010, 01:13pm EDT

Finding $100B in cost savings at DoD is Ashton Carter's job

Undersecretary says contractor profits won't suffer, since Pentagon was encouraging cost cutting already.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , DoD , Ashton Carter , contracting , acquisition

Tuesday - 06/29/2010, 07:11pm EDT

Industry group encourages DoD to use GSA

Coalition for Government Procurement sends a letter to DoD Secretary Gates asking him to stop the military from developing new contracts.

Tags: contracting , DoD , GSA , Coalition for Government Procurement , Multiple award contracts , Rachel Stevens

Thursday - 06/24/2010, 06:48pm EDT

"Don't Ask" Timetable is moving

Gay rights activists and Obama Administration officials have begun discussing a plan to speed up the repeal of Don't ask, Don't Tell, while giving the Pentagon years to implement new policies. Implementation of policy for gays serving openly would still require the approval of President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen. How long implementation might take is unknown.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Barack Obama , Mike Mullen , J.J. Green

Monday - 05/24/2010, 06:40pm EDT

China Fighter Ahead of Schedule

China is building an advanced combat jet that may rival within eight years Lockheed Martin Corp's F-22 Raptor, the premier U.S. fighter, a U.S. intelligence official said. Reuters reports, the expected deployment is years ahead of what the Pentagon thought the date would be. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said last year it would be 2025 before China would have that capability --Now the the estimate is 2018. The F-22 blends speed, super-agility, stealth and sensor fusion into a single package

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Lockheed Martin , J.J. Green

Monday - 05/24/2010, 06:20pm EDT
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