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Defense Secretary Nominates Marshall Webb for Air Force Special Operations Command Commander

Lt. Gen Mashall Webb, commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Special Operations Headquarters, has been nominated to lead the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command in Hurlburt Field, Florida. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has nominated the 30-year veteran command pilot as commander of the special operations command, Defense Department said Wednesday. Webb …

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Northcom, NORAD Chief Bill Gortney IDs Homeland Threats in House Hearing

Navy Adm. William “Bill” Gortney, head of U.S. Northern and North American Aerospace Defense commands, has identified what he views both organizations’ major homeland defense challenges in testimony to House lawmakers Thursday. Gortney told the House Armed Services Committee that the Islamic State militant group, other terrorist organizations and transnational organized crime are among …

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Three Northrop B-2 Bombers Travel to Indian Ocean Hub for Training

Three Northrop Grumman-built B-2 bombers for the U.S. Air Force have deployed to Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia for training purposes with other partner air forces, Air Force Times reported Wednesday. Oriana Pawlyk writes the U.S. Strategic Command sent the B-2 Spirits from Whiteman Air Force Base as part of a routine deployment …

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Retired AF Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger Joins Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services

Retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, the branch’s first-ever female to become a four-star general, has been selected to serve on the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter appointed Wolfenbarger in a swearing-in ceremony during a DACOWITS quarterly business meeting, Defense Department said Tuesday. “It is truly an honor to …

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Reuters: DoD Includes F-35 Procurement Funds in FY 2017 Budget Request

The Defense Department‘s proposed fiscal 2017 budget would fund procurement of Lockheed Martin-built F-35 fighter planes for the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps over the next five fiscal years, Reuters reported Friday. Andrea Shalal writes the Air Force has requested money to purchase up to 243 F-35s through fiscal 2021. The military …

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Wendy Masiello: DCMA in Hiring Process & Seeks Private Sector Collaboration for Commercial Item ‘Centers of Excellence’

The Defense Contract Management Agency is in the process of hiring personnel for its network of “centers of excellence” that aim to give procurement and contracting officers guidance on what constitutes as a commercial item versus a non-commercial product, DCMA’s director has told ExecutiveGov. Air Force Lt. Gen. Wendy Masiello, who has …

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Ashton Carter: Service Branches Open All Positions to Women From January

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said women who meet designated standards will be allowed to fill any military position or occupation by January 2016, DoD News reported Thursday. Cheryl Pellerin writes Carter made the announcement through a memorandum issued to military departments’ secretaries and service chiefs. “They’ll be allowed to drive tanks, fire mortars and …

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Tiffany Hixson: GSA Aims to Help Federal Agencies Reduce Duplicate Service Contracts

The General Services Administration wants to collaborate with other agencies to consolidate duplicative government professional services contracts in an effort to increase the federal purchasing power, Federal News Radio reported Friday. Jared Serbu writes GSA found that about $26 million in service contracts are scheduled to expire at the end of …

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Frank Kendall Urges Defense Acquisition Staff to Help Increase DoD’s Tech Capacity

Frank Kendall, defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, has encouraged the Defense Department‘s procurement employees to always consider technical and cost factors when they buy technologies, DoD News reported Wednesday. “We can all get better at what we do,” Kendall told nearly 1,000 DoD acquisition staff during a forum …

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