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Navy finds billions of dollars in under-the-radar IT expenses

As the Navy scours its IT systems to determine exactly what it owns, it's discovered it operates double the data centers and tens of thousands of servers and applications more than it previously thought. The findings come more than a decade after the Navy implemented its Navy-Marine Corps Intranet, which was supposed to reduce the number of disparate systems run by the agency and eliminate stovepipes. All told, Navy's IT budget could be as much as $4 billion more than it initially thought.

Tags: DoD , Navy , Janice Haith , technology , enterprise licenses agreements , contracting , industry , data center consolidation , application rationalization , Virtualization , IT efficiencies , budget , continuing resolution , NMCI , NGEN , Jared Serbu

Monday - 02/18/2013, 06:04am EST
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Next few weeks critical to defining DoD in second Obama term

"Fog bank" of threatened automatic spending cuts makes predicting Defense policy under a re-elected President Obama difficult. But experts agree DoD is likely to take more cuts, with or without sequestration.

Tags: Election 2012 , Barack Obama , DoD , Leon Panetta , George Little , Todd Harrison , Tom Donnelly , Russell Rumbaugh , Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments , American Enterprise Institute , Stimson Center , Jared Serbu

Friday - 11/09/2012, 05:50am EST
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Congress faces agenda of unfinished business

Averting sequestration sits atop the to-do as Congress returns Tuesday from a seven-week election break to a long list of unfinished business.

Tags: Congress , budget , John Boehner

Tuesday - 11/13/2012, 05:46am EST

Fiscal cliff negotiators are facing high hurdles

The White House and leaders on the Hill will have to resolve deep political and fiscal disagreements that have stymied them time after time despite repeated promises to overcome them.

Tags: Barack Obama , John Boehner , Congress , House , budget , tax cuts ,

Monday - 11/19/2012, 03:37am EST

Warner hopeful feds won't feel a budget 'jolt'

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that a large number of lawmakers from both parties support a plan that raises more revenues and recognizes that entitlement programs have got to be made viable over the long term.

Tags: Mark Warner , Senate , Congress , Barack Obama , John Boehner , budget , continuing resolution , Michael OConnell

Monday - 11/19/2012, 12:30pm EST
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Defense experts debate sequestration's impact

There's a little more than a month to go until sequestration kicks in, taking more than a $1 trillion from agency budgets over 10 years unless Congress finds a way to agree on a Plan B for deficit reduction. In this week's edition of On DoD, Jared Serbu, Federal News Radio's DoD reporter, talks with several defense experts about sequestration and the Defense budget in a second term under President Obama:

Tags: DoD , On DoD , Jared Serbu , Todd Harrison , Tom Donnelly , Russell Rumbaugh

Wednesday - 11/21/2012, 08:19pm EST
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Tips for following the 'fiscal cliff' negotiations

President Barack Obama and leaders of the lame-duck Congress may be just weeks away from shaking hands on a deal to avert the dreaded "fiscal cliff." So it's natural to wonder: If they announce a bipartisan package promising to curb mushrooming federal deficits, will it be real?

Tags: Barack Obama , John Boehner , Congress , budget , fiscal cliff ,

Saturday - 11/24/2012, 02:43pm EST

Players in budget war game plot $500B in Defense cuts

This past summer, defense experts gathered into teams to map out how to cut DoD's budget by a half trillion dollars over 10 years. The results from the game provide some guidance on ways to make the cut happen in real life based on strategic choices, the organizers say.

Tags: DoD , budget , DoD budget , Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments , DoD civlian workforce , Todd Harrison , Mark Gunzinger , F-35 , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 11/28/2012, 12:17pm EST
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DoD begins planning for sequestration cuts

The Defense Department says it has begun planning for the roughly $500 billion in personnel and program cuts that will be needed if Congress and the White House fail to reach an deal that would avoid the double hit of tax hikes and automatic spending cuts dubbed the fiscal cliff.

Tags: DoD , budget , George Little , OMB

Wednesday - 12/05/2012, 11:56am EST
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