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Report: Army Fears Budget Cuts Could Cripple War Preparedness

The U.S. Army fears the continuing budget cuts could hamper its ability to respond to a major war, USA Today reported Thursday. Tom Vanden Brook writes the Army assessed its strategies and resources as part of the Defense Department‘s Quadrennial Defense Review process. Army officials presented a report to Deputy …

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Report: 800K Civilian Workers Could be Furloughed if Gov’t Shuts Down

Data analysis indicates an estimated 800,000 federal civilian workers will experience furloughs if a government shutdown occurs, GovExec reported Tuesday. Kellie Lunney writes USA Today analyzed previous shutdown contingency plans and found that large agencies exempted a sizeable number of employees performing “essential” duties from the unpaid leave. Social Security benefits, …

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Ashton Carter: U.S. Seeks Weapons Development Ties with India

The United States is looking to  carry out a year-old defense trade agreement signed with India by stepping up cooperation in joint production and development of weapons, Reuters reported Thursday. Andrea Shalal-Esa writes Deputy Defense Sec. Ashton Carter told reporters the deeper defense ties mean technology transfers and priority funding …

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Michael Donley to Lead Pentagon Efficiency Review

Former Air Force Secretary Michael Donley will lead a efficiency review of the Defense Department with the intent to streamline its operations and achieve $40 billion in cost savings over the next decade, Reuters reported Tuesday. Andrea Shalal-Esa writes Donley will head a team of Pentagon officials and outside experts …

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Ashton Carter Seeks Flexibility, Time to Cope With Defense Cuts

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has stressed that the Pentagon needs “flexibility and time” to manage its financial resources in line with the government’s targets for the next 10 years, Reuters reported Thursday. David Alexander writes the senior DoD official’s comments on Thursday came as he briefed the Armed Services …

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Chuck Hagel to Outline Pentagon’s Action Plan for Sequestration

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is to hold a press conference regarding ways in which the Pentagon can cope with the government’s sequestration efforts within a decade, Defense One reported Wednesday. Stephanie Gaskell writes a defense official said Hagel intends to discuss three actions his department could take, two of which …

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Ashton Carter Repeats Pentagon Request for New BRAC Round

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter reiterated Tuesday the Pentagon’s request for another Base Realignment and Closure Commission round in an effort to help reduce the department’s budget, GovExec reports. Charles Clark writes Congress rejected that proposal last year along with the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2014 budget request to adjust military …

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Ashton Carter Wins Ronald Reagan Missile Defense Award

Ashton Carter, deputy secretary of the Defense Department, has won the 2013 Ronald Reagan Missile Defense Award for his works to advance missile capabilities in defense of the United States. Missile Defense Agency director James Syring and Strategic Defense Initiative Organization former director and 2004 Reagan awardee James Abrahamson handed …

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Pentagon Puts CIO In Charge of Cybersecurity Programs

The Defense Department has updated the roles and responsibilities of its chief information officer to include cybersecurity, transferring to the CIO duties formerly held by the assistant secretary for networks and information integration. The latter position has been dissolved and the CIO will now be responsible for overseeing the department’s …

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Ashton Carter, Janet Napolitano Help Host Summit With Governors

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano met with representatives of the Council of Governors Feb. 25 at the Pentagon to discuss issues surrounding cybersecurity and defense budget. Napolitano explained the recent White House executive order on critical cybersecurity infrastructure and resiliency, American Forces Press Service …

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