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Cloud Coming to DoD?

Amid all the drama surrounding government funding, omnibus spending bills and continuing resolutions and, of course, the holidays last week, you might have missed the cybersecurity provisions that rounded out the lame duck session of Congress. Nextgov reports one of the measures included in the Defense Authorization Act was a …

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DoD’s Acquisition Chief Carter Stays Put

Harvard was calling his name, but the Defense Department’s acquisition chief Ashton Carter isn’t going anywhere soon. In an interview with Aviation Week, Carter, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said he would resign his tenured position with Harvard University to stay on at his DoD post. …

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$78B Shortfall in DoD’s Five-Year Budget?

The Office of Management and Budget is directing the Defense Department to trim $78 billion from its budget over the next five years, according to a report on Defense News. The first cut will be $12 billion stripped from DoD’s 2012 budget. Beyond that, it’s not entirely certain how the …

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DoD Urges Troops to Kick Smoking Habit

The Defense Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Health Advisory Council is urging U.S. service members to start making their New Year’s resolutions now, and that includes quitting smoking and other tobacco use. “Tobacco use impairs military readiness and results in serious health problems, so New Year’s is a great time to …

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Congress Passes Stripped-Down Defense Appropriations

The House and the Senate both passed stripped-down versions of defense appropriations yesterday, uncharacteristically unladen with controversial, often non-defense related provisions. According to Government Executive, Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) said that they worked to remove all language that concerned any member in a …

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Busy Year for DHS with Few Bumps in Road

The Department of Homeland Security has had a busy year. But for DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, the efforts to secure national security don’t just belong in the halls of power in Washington, D.C. but in the town square as well. “Over the past year, our efforts have been guided by …

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