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Chuck Hagel: Pentagon Working to Set Nuclear Upgrade Priorities

The Defense Department is planning to upgrade the U.S. nuclear defense system through a 30-year modernization plan, Reuters reported Thursday. David Alexander writes the government is preparing to modernize its 1970s-class nuclear weapons with new electronic and tail kit guidance components. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Reuters the U.S. must …

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Defense Officials View Cyber as Top Security Issue

A new Defense News poll has found cyber attacks as the top security concern among defense leaders in government and industry, with 45.1 percent of 352 respondents ranking it as number one, National Journal reported Monday. Jordain Carney writes terror attacks came in as the second greatest area of concern, close …

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Dyke Weatherington: Pentagon to Continue Slimming Drone Budget

The Pentagon has readjusted its unmanned systems integrated roadmap to take into consideration the program’s decreased budget and developments in the foreign drone market, DoDBuzz reported Thursday. Dyke Weatherington, director of unmanned warfare and ISR with the Defense Department, told the website the military aims to more clearly address its …

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Deltek: Agencies Handed Down $17B in FY 2013 Cloud Contracts

Research firm Deltek has found that federal agencies collectively awarded $17 billion in cloud computing contracts during the 2013 fiscal year, the Washington Post reported Sunday. Analyst Alex Rossino writes civilian agencies accounted for the largest share of contracts at $16.5 billion, while defense agencies awarded $65 million total. Some of …

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CBO Pegs Nuclear Weapon Program Costs at $355B Through 2023

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Obama administration will need $355 billion between fiscal years 2014 and 2013 to manage the country’s arsenal of nuclear weapons. That figure is intended to reflect the costs of operating and maintaining current systems as well as plans by the departments of Energy …

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Report: Senate Set to Vote on Pentagon Policy Bill

The Senate has moved to end debate over a policy bill that would mandate $607 billion in spending for the Defense Department in fiscal year 2014, Defense News reported Wednesday. John Bennett writes the chamber voted 71-29 to invoke a 30-hour cloture clock before the Senate casts its final decision on the …

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Frank Kendall: Pentagon Acquisition Policy Refresh Seeks to Simplify Policies

Frank Kendall, undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics at the Defense Department, has moved to streamline the agency’s acquisition policy by updating it with more “Better Buying Power” principles, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday. Michael O’Connell writes the latest version of the “DoD Instruction 5000.02” document provides a prescribed process …

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Marcel Lettre: Pentagon Reshuffles Intelligence Office

Marcel Lettre, principal deputy defense undersecretary, announced Monday the Defense Department is realigning its intelligence office in an effort to streamline programs and to reduce the department’s budget, American Forces Press Service reported Tuesday. Claudette Roulo writes the department plans to redesignate three deputy defense undersecretary positions as defense intelligence director …

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Jeh Johnson Confirmed as DHS Secretary

The Senate voted 78-16 on Monday to confirm former Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson as the next homeland security secretary, CNN reported Monday. Ted Barrett writes that Johnson will become the fourth person to lead the Department of Homeland Security after formerly serving as the Defense Department‘s top lawyer. Johnson was integral to …

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