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Gates Talks NATO Changes

When NATO meets next month in Lisbon, Portugal, members will consider the strategic concept of the organization itself, with an eye to making the alliance, born out of the security needs of the Cold War following World War II, more efficient for the 21st century. The last time the strategic …

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Efficiencies Necessary as Pentagon Transitions, Lynn Says

Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III again voiced his support for Pentagon budget cuts and reorganizations, as the Defense Department enters what he called a significant period of transition. Lynn said it was the fifth such transition, or as he called it, “inflection point,” for the Pentagon. The last …

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ODNI Releases $53 Billion Intel Budget

In likely the most complete disclosure of the intelligence budget ever released, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence revealed the annual cost of U.S. intelligence for 2010: $53.1 billion. Federal News Radio also reported an additional $27 billion for military intelligence in addition to the amount for the …

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New Marine Commandant Provides Glimpse into Corps’ Future

At a passage-of-command ceremony Oct. 22, Gen. James Amos was elevated to the post of Marine Commandant – the 35th to hold the position, and the first-ever naval aviator to assume it, National Defense Magazine reports. At the ceremony, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates challenged the new commandant and the …

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DoD Picks CIO with Reformer Reputation

The Defense Department announced a new pick for chief information officer to lead DoD in a new direction following months of IT reorganization. Teri Takai, who previously served as the CIO of California, was originally nominated for her post in March. However, in September, her nomination was withdrawn because of …

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McChrystal Finds Latest WikiLeaks Releases ‘Sad’

The release on Friday of some 400,000 classified documents related to the Iraq war by the website WikiLeaks has brought out a range of emotions from national security leaders. Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, speaking at the Daily Beast Innovators Summit in New Orleans, called the leaks “sad,” CBS News reports. …

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DHS, DoD Double Down on Cybersecurity

The Defense Department and the Department of Homeland Security have developed a new cybersecurity framework to better coordinate cybersecurity policies for the federal government. The agreement, released in a memo yesterday, lays out broad guidelines for collaboration and cooperation between the two agencies in the area of cybersecurity, including personnel, …

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JFCOM Skirmishes Continue

Despite the relative calm following the storm that was the House and Senate Armed Services Committee hearings on the closing of the Joint Forces Command last week, the skirmish over JFCOM continues – although on a somewhat smaller scale. First, it was announced this week Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates …

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Defense Consolidation: The End of In-Sourcing?

In March, the Government Accountability Office released a report updating long-term fiscal projections and predicting an “unsustainable” growth in the federal deficit – reaching World War II highs as early as 2020. To trim the budget, Robert M. Gates has cut $340 billion in life-cycle costs from the Pentagon’s long-term …

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