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Air Force has new plan to increase small business contracting

The service will use both penalties and incentives to get their program offices and large businesses to award more prime and subcontracts to small firms. The Air Force issued a new small business improvement plan that details three goals to increase both the percentage of contracts and dollars going to small companies.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , Small business contracting , Joseph McDade , Air Force , Defense , industry , David Van Buren , SBA , AFCEA , Jason Miller

Friday - 02/24/2012, 05:28am EST
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Senate committee seeks expert testimony on DoD budget

The Senate Budget Committee examined the FY 2013 budget request for the Defense Department Tuesday. Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) said providing funding for national security is the "single most important responsibility" of lawmakers and the government. Three expert witnesses also testified.

Tags: Senate , Congress , Kent Conrad , DoD , budget , Senate Budget Committee , James Carafano , Brookings Institution , Heritage Foundation , David Barno , Defense

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 05:02pm EST

DoD plans more formalized training for financial managers

The Pentagon has standardized, course-based training and certification programs for its acquisition workforce. DoD's CFO wants comparable standards for the department's financial management community.

Tags: Defense , Robert Hale , On DoD , Jared Serbu , Auditability , financial management , GAO , Marines Corps , Navy , workforce , DAU , training

Wednesday - 12/21/2011, 08:30am EST
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Defense Cloud Computing - "Progress & Best Practices"

November 15th at 12pm

Program will discuss Progress Report on Defense Cloud Computing Initiatives, Top Cloud Computing Priorities, Key Challenges to Overcome, Lessons Learned & Best Practices, and A Vision for The Future

Tags: Jim Flyzik , Mike Krieger , Alfred Rivera , Frank Konieczny , Jeff Bergeron , Bill Clark , technology , Defense , Federal Executie Forum

Sunday - 11/13/2011, 09:41pm EST
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Pentagon warning Congress

The Associated press is reporting that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is telling Congress that deeper defense cuts would force the Pentagon to cut back ship and construction projects, furlough civilian workers and leave the military with the smallest force since 1940. Panetta described the implications if a special congressional super-committee fails to come up with a deficit-cutting plan by Nov. 23. On top of some $450 billion in defense cuts already under way, the Pentagon would face another $500 billion in reductions.

Tags: Defense , Pentagon and Beyond , DoD

Monday - 11/14/2011, 07:42pm EST

Stanley Resigns

Dr. Clifford Stanley, Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, a retired Marine Major General has submitted his resignation. His job was to find new talent with expertise in innovation, energy and competence. Stanley, who took office in February 2010, will leave in the next two weeks. Dr. JoAnn Rooney, currently Principal Deputy Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness, will serve as Acting Undersecretary until a successor is named.

Tags: Defense , Pentagon and Beyond

Monday - 10/31/2011, 01:54pm EDT

US sets up virtual embassy in Iran

The Obama administration is setting up an Internet-based embassy to reach out to Iranians hoping to broaden their understanding of the United States. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the "virtual embassy in Tehran" will be online by the end of the year. She told the BBC's Persian-language service Wednesday the site will aim to answer questions on traveling and studying in the U.S.

Tags: Defense , Pentagon and Beyond

Monday - 10/31/2011, 01:53pm EDT

DOD worried about Thailand

The Pentagon has issued a statement about the flooding in Thailand. It reads, "The Secretary has expressed serious concern about the flooding in Thailand on several occasions during his current visit to the Asia-Pacific region. He offers his deepest condolences to all those who have suffered as a result. The Secretary is closely monitoring the situation and applauds the Thai government's quick response to this major natural disaster."

Tags: Defense , Pentagon and Beyond

Monday - 10/31/2011, 01:48pm EDT

Iranian terror hearing coming

The House Homeland Security Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee, and the Counterterrorism & Intelligence Subcommittee are going to conduct a hearing on Iranian terror operations in the United States. Among the topics the hearing will address: Threats from the Iranian government, Iran's intentions to carry out attacks inside the United States, Iran's ties to the Western Hemisphere and the impact of sanctions against Iran and consideration of more punitive actions.

Tags: Defense , Pentagon and Beyond

Monday - 10/31/2011, 01:46pm EDT

US troops headed home from Iraq

It's over in Iraq. But now a new beginning is dawning. President Barack Obama has announced the war is over and all troops will be home by the holidays. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki says a full U.S. troop withdrawal will allow the two countries to start a new strategic relationship in the interests of both governments. After the withdrawal is over al-Maliki says the two countries will begin talking about a "new phase" in strategic relations.

Tags: Defense , Pentagon and Beyond

Monday - 10/31/2011, 01:45pm EDT
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