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More DoD cuts called for in Obama's deficit plan

President Obama said Wednesday that a plan to cut $4 trillion in the deficit over 12 years will include spending cuts at the Defense Department.

Tags: Barack Obama , budget , deficit , DoD , DoD Report

Wednesday - 04/13/2011, 05:06pm EDT

Dueling testimony on TRICARE fees

Members of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel are studying the Defense Department's proposal to increase fees for working-age retirees who use the military's TRICARE health insurance benefit. The panel heard, in separate hearings, from DoD officials defending the increase, and retiree groups who fear it is a "camel's nose under the tent."

Tags: DoD , pay and benefits , Congress , TRICARE , health care , Stan Strobridge , Rick Jones , Niki Tsongas , Joe Wilson , National Association of Uniformed Services , Military Officers Association of America , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 03:50pm EDT
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DoD details furlough rules...just in case

Military personnel would not be subject to a furlough in the event of a government shutdown, according to guidance prepared by the Defense Department as a contingency plan. The memo, drafted earlier this month, gives broad overarching guidance to military departments and agencies who would have discretion to determine what activities would and would not be exempted from a shutdown.

Tags: DoD , contracting , shutdown , budget , DoD budget , continuing resolution , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 03/15/2011, 07:27am EDT

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 , DoD budget , Ashton Carter , Professional Services Council , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 03/10/2011, 07:06am EST
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U.S. must walk fine line with foreign military bases

Phil Ewing, Pentagon reporter for Politico

Tags: Phil Ewing , Politico , Iraq , Afghanistan , military bases , Barack Obama

Monday - 03/07/2011, 08:19pm EST
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Gates: US should stay in Afghanistan past 2014

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says American military involvement is likely to continue in Afghanistan even after the 2014 end of combat operations. He's in Afghanistan for two days to meet with troops, commanders and Afghan officials. Gates says the presence after 2014 will be a small fraction of today and the personnel will be trainers and advisers.

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Report , defense , Afghanistan

Monday - 03/07/2011, 09:40am EST

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 , DoD budget , continuing resolution , budget , Mike McCord , Adam Smith , Buck McKeon , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 03/02/2011, 12:12pm EST
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Gates warns against more land wars

Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned against committing the military to big land wars in Asia or the Middle East, saying anyone proposing otherwise "should have his head examined."

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Update , defense , DoD

Monday - 02/28/2011, 10:40am EST

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 , Ray Odierno , DoD budget , 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 to cut civilian senior execs

Tags: DoD , SES , budget , Federal Times , DoD Report

Monday - 02/21/2011, 06:48pm EST
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