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Ashton Carter: Congress Should Leave Pentagon Budget Alone

Adding money to programs the Defense Department does not need detracts from programs it does need funding for, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said, according to Defense News. Carter told attendees of an event at the American Enterprise Institute Wednesday that Congress should not tamper with the Pentagon’s proposed budget, Kate …

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Senate Panel OKs FY 2013 Defense Bill, Includes 5% Service Contract Cut

The Senate Armed Services Committee approved its version of the fiscal 2013 defense spending bill Thursday, authorizing a $525.8 billion base budget for the Defense Department and $88.2 billion for overseas contingencies. According to David Alexander report for Reuters, lawmakers also gave the Energy Department $17.3 billion for its nuclear …

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Report: Pentagon To Push For More BRAC Rounds

The Defense Department is pushing to conduct two additional rounds of base closures and realignments, Andy Medici writes for Military Times. The Pentagon is prohibited from proposing or planning a BRAC round for 2013 under the defense authorization bill passed in the House on May 18, Medici noted. A Senate …

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Navy Lowers NGEN Cost Projections; Shawn Hendricks Comments

The U.S. Navy has reduced the projected $10 billion cost for its Next Generation Enterprise Network contract to between $4.5 and $5.4 billion over five years, Bob Brewin reports on Nextgov. Capt. Shawn Hendricks, NGEN program manager, told reporters on Friday the network will cost between $900 million and $1.07 …

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House OKs Defense Bill Language Easing SATCOM Export Restrictions

The House approved an amendment to the 213 defense authorization bill that would alter restrictions on exporting U.S.-made commercial satellites, Kate Brannen reports for Defense News. Lawmakers agreed by voice vote to language in the bill that would allow commercial satellites to be moved from the U.S. Munitions List to …

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Report: House Lawmakers Propose More Weapon Buys In 2013 Budget

The Defense Department would receive $5.3 billion more to acquire more aircraft, ships, vehicles and weapons in 2013 if a House subcommittee’s ideas make way in Congress, according to a committee report obtained by Defense News. Among the House Appropriations defense subcommittee’s proposals, one that directs the Air Force to …

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George Peach Taylor To Leave Pentagon

Dr. George Peach Taylor is resigning from his leadership post within the Military Health System, effective June 30, Nextgov reports. Taylor serves as deputy assistant secretary for force health protection and readiness. Cynthia Smith, a Pentagon spokeswoman, confirmed the news to Nextgov and said the Pentagon plans to actively seek …

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Wes Bush: US Export Controls Hurt Unmanned Market Leadership

The U.S. risks losing its competitive edge if industry is unable to more easily export unmanned aircraft for commercial use, Northrop Grumman CEO Wes Bush told a group of industry and congressional executives. Bush said the unmanned vehicle market needs similar eased export restrictions that satellite technologies are receiving, Aviation …

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