Tag Archives: Ashton Carter

Panetta Instructs No. 2 to Cut ‘Wasteful Spending’

Ashton Carter Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has been given orders from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to “take the lead for eliminating wasteful spending, consolidating duplicative functions and driving ongoing and new efficiency initiatives,” according to a memo obtained by DefenseNews.com The Pentagon announced it is trying to trim $450 billion out …

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Pentagon Cuts Could Spare CyberWar Efforts, Lynn Says

The future of weapons modernization programs hangs in the balance as the Pentagon prepares to cut up to $450 billion in spending over the next decade, Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn said in an interview Monday. “Its clear we’re going to have to trim modernization programs to some degree and …

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Senate Confirms Ashton Carter as Next Deputy Defense Secretary

In a unanimous vote Friday, the Senate confirmed Ashton Carter as the next deputy defense secretary. Carter currently serves as undersecretary of defense, technology and logistics. Carter replaces William Lynn, who announced his departure in July. “Ash has a steady hand, a keen intellect, and an effective management style that …

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Senate Subpanel Approves Freeze on Pentagon Budget

A Senate subcommittee approved $630 billion for defense spending in fiscal year 2012 Tuesday, freezing the Pentagon’s base budget at $513 billion for a second straight year while seeking nearly $118 billion for U.S. wars abroad. The Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee‘s proposed defense budget is $26 billion less than the …

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Obama Picks Carter for Deputy Defense Secretary

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday his nomination of Ashton Carter to become the next deputy defense secretary. Carter currently serves as undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, a post he assumed in April 2009. Carter will replace the outgoing William Lynn, who announced his departure earlier this month. Bloomberg reports …

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Carter: DoD Will Block ‘Short-term Focused’ Defense Mergers

The Defense Department’s acquisition czar, Ashton Carter, said the department frowns on further defense consolidation at the level of the big players, adding DoD would even go so far as to block potential mergers between industry giants. “We would not allow any further mergers of the big ones,” said the …

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DoD Report: Testing Not to Blame for Weapons Delays

An independent Defense Department assessment found that weapons system did not significantly slow down the acquisition process, according to a Defense News report this week. The review, which was commissioned by Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Ashton Carter undertook a review of 40 major weapons programs that …

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DoD Acquisition Chief Carter: Using Fixed-price, Incentive-firm Contracts ‘Not Dogma’

Defense Department acquisition chief Ashton Carter is well-known for his public pronouncements on Pentagon procurement. He delivered one of his most high-profile recent speeches on defense-company mergers before the Wall Street investment firm, the Cowen Group, this winter. But in addition to assuring defense industrial base investors, Carter, undersecretary of …

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