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Not Every Defense Dollar ‘Sacred’: Gates Announces $78B in Cuts, End to Marine Vehicle

Defense Secretary Robert Gates briefed lawmakers Thursday about proposed cuts to military spending before publicly announcing cuts to weapons programs, according to various media reports. At a Pentagon briefing, Gates announced the cancellation of the Marine amphibious vehicle Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle. Gates said the need for the EFV can be …

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DoD Predictions for 2011

Most of the big issues facing the Defense Department in 2011 can be boiled down to one word: budget. A duo of defense experts talked to DoDBuzz about what to look for on the defense horizon for 2011 and mostly agreed that 2010 economic uncertainty and the political grandstanding surrounding …

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DoD, GSA to Keep Tabs on Contractor IDs

The Defense Department, the General Services Administration and NASA are playing tough in an effort to ensure that special access cards used by government contractors are returned after a contract’s terms are over. Until all the microchip-embedded cards are returned, the new rules, published in the Federal Register last week, …

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DoD Scales Back Conflict-of-interest Rules

The Defense Department is scaling back a tough, new conflict-of-interest rule for some contracts, including those for IT and professional services. According to a final rule, published in the Federal Register, only major weapons systems contracts and systems engineering and technical assistance will be subject to stricter standards. Those new …

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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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DoD Contracting Cuts Less Severe than Feared?

Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn told a delegation of Virginia lawmakers this week not to expect the worst in terms of proposed cuts to contracting. Cutting service contractors was one part of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ strategy for finding efficiencies within DoD. The original plan, announced in …

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