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White House Saves $5B From Automatic DoD Spending Cuts

The White House has announced that it will restore $4.9 billion out of the $85 billion to be cut from the Defense Department budget due to sequestration, according to a Bloomberg article. Brian Faler writes that with the money being put back into the budget, the Pentagon estimates that it …

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Pentagon Revamps ‘Bunker Buster’ to Deter Iran Nuclear Threat

The U.S. Defense Department has overhauled the “bunker buster” bomb meant to attack Iran’s nuclear facility in case peace negotiations fail, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Adam Entous and Julian Barnes write the Pentagon has enhanced the burrowing capability and improved the precision technology of the 30,000-pound massive ordnance …

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Pentagon Awarded $19B in April Contracts, Study Says

The Defense Department awarded 200 total contracts during the month of April, valued at more than $19 billion total, according to a Military.com analysis. DoD Buzz reports the month’s largest award went to seven companies, who will take in up to $6.9 billion combined over six years to supply the …

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Pentagon to Ask Congress for More Reprogram Authority

The Defense Department could submit another reprogramming request to the House Appropriations Committee as early as next week as the department wants to shift more funds within its budget to manage sequestration cuts, Reuters reports. According to the report, Pentagon officials have told lawmakers that an earlier reprogramming request approved …

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Samsung, Apple Receive DoD Clearances for Mobile Devices

Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. have secured approval from the U.S. Defense Department to deploy their mobile device brands for government-wide use, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Will Connors writes the DoD could release two separate security clearances for Samsung’s Galaxy-branded smartphones and Apple’s iPhones and iPads in …

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Chuck Hagel Aims to Keep Furloughs Consistent

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has responded to calls from House lawmakers to implement civilian furloughs on a merit basis by saying consistency and fairness will be the measure for the unpaid leave, GovExec reports. Kedar Pavgi writes Hagel sent a letter to the lawmakers April 26 and said national security …

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