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Gates: Ruffling Feathers ‘Part of Leadership’

“It is not at all unusual to hear the Pentagon being criticized for its bloat, bureaucracy and spending binges,” CBS news program 60 Minutes began its report on soon-to-retire Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. But what makes this particular criticism so insightful and hard-hitting is that it comes from the …

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DoD Ponders ‘Should-cost’ Estimates for Satellite Buys

High-minded Defense Department “should-cost” acquisition estimates are running square into the brave new world of satellites, in what National Defense magazine called an “outer space imponderable.” Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Ashton Carter has indicated DoD shells out too much for space systems and even further back …

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FCC’s Baker Trades Commission for Comcast

Meredith Attwell Baker, one of two Republicans on the Federal Communication Commission, has announced she will step down from her post next month to join Comcast, the nation’s largest cable company. Baker joined a majority of FCC commissioners in January in approving Comcast’s venture with NBC Universal. According to a …

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House Armed Services Committee Authorizes DoD Funds

The House Armed Services Committee overwhelmingly voted to approve $553 billion in defense authorizations, part of what The Associated Press called a “broad defense blueprint,” which includes funding for a 1.6 percent increase in military pay, a number of weapons programs and additional money for the wars in Iraq and …

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Administration’s Proposal on Disclosing Contractors’ Political Donations Not a Hit on the Hill

Following a House oversight hearing yesterday about a draft executive order requiring government contractors to disclose political contributions, the administration’s proposal is continuing to plummet in popularity — on both sides of the aisle. A draft of the proposed executive order began circulating a few weeks ago, instantly drawing the …

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