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Defense Department Changes 2014 Audit Plan

The Defense Department has scaled back plans to fully audit its budget by September 2014 and will instead examine nearly 77 percent of its funds through a “Schedule of Budgetary Activity,” Federal Times reported Tuesday. Sean Reilly writes the department still faces a 2017 deadline to pass a full audit as required …

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US Foreign Military Sales to the Middle East Reach $13B

The Defense Department has informed Congress of $13 billion in total foreign military sale agreements with the Middle East, Defense News reported Monday. Barbara Opall-Rome writes the prospective deals aim to bolster US-friendly regimes against the Iranian nuclear threat and sectarian insurgencies that threaten regional stability. Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation …

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Former Defense, Intell Employees Build Cyber Startups in Silicon Valley

Several Defense Department and intelligence agency employees have since moved to Silicon Valley, Calif. within the past year to establish start-up businesses focusing on cybersecurity tools, the New York Times reported Thursday. Somini Sengupta writes venture capitalists invested $1 billion into security start-ups in 2012, more than twice the amount in …

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Report: 6K Defense Dept Layoffs Possible Under FY 2014 Cuts

The Defense Department could start to lay off 6,272 civilian workers in October if sequestration cuts continue into the next fiscal year, Bloomberg News reported Friday. Tony Capaccio writes the news service obtained an internal planning document dated Aug. 1 with a “Draft/Pre-Decisional” stamp, indicating the department has not made …

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DoD Extends Cybersecurity Policies to Industrial Control Systems

The Defense Department wants to expand the coverage of its cybersecurity guidance to include industrial control systems devices, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Jason Miller writes the new regulations will cover systems that run water, air conditioning, heating, electrical, telecommunications and physical security facilities. The article says DoD CIO Teri …

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Report: US Govt Tags F-35 Operating Costs at $857B

The U.S. government now estimates the costs of operating and maintaining the Lockheed Martin-F-35 jet at $857 billion, 20 percent less than previous figures that exceeded $1 trillion, Reuters reported Wednesday. Andrea Shalal-Esa writes the Defense Department based the new figures on data detailing the fighter jet’s more than 7,000 hours …

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DISA Mulls Analytics Cloud for Defense Agencies

The Defense Information Systems Agency wants to build an analytic cloud platform intended to help boost cybersecurity and services for the Defense Department‘s agencies, FCW reported Monday. Amber Corrin writes the cloud environment called Acropolis will work to gather, correlate, analyze and minimize threats with the goal of helping the DoD …

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Defense Department Builds New Army Internal Social Network

The Defense Department has developed a new social networking platform for U.S. Army personnel, FedScoop reported Thursday. Cory Bennett writes milWire works to aggregate news articles and help department employees subscribe to individuals or keep track of topics, including sequestration, cybersecurity and education. “Anything that helps the members of the …

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