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House FY 2014 Defense Spending Bill Seeks to Stop Furloughs

The House voted 315-109 Wednesday to approve a $595 billion spending bill for the Defense Department that includes language aimed at preventing furloughs of the Pentagon’s civilian workers, The Hill newspaper reported Wednesday. Pete Kasperowicz writes Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) proposed the amendment to bar the Pentagon from placing its …

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Pentagon Proposes Commercial Spectrum Sharing Arrangement

The Defense Department has offered to share portion of its spectrum with mobile carriers and the Federal Communications Commission has called for public feedback on the proposal, Reuters reported Tuesday. Alina Selyukh writes the Pentagon offered to rearrange its systems within the 1755-1780 and 2025-2110 megahertz airwaves and compress programs …

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Martin Dempsey: Sequester Cuts Put Military Readiness At Risk

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told a Senate committee panel Thursday that budget cuts under the sequestration hurt the U.S. military’s ability to address national security threats, Reuters reported. David Alexander writes Army Gen. Martin Dempsey remarked about the impact of across-the-board defense cuts during a Senate …

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Lawmakers Seek Quadrennial Veterans Affairs Plan

The House of Representatives is looking to formulate a four-year review on Veterans Affairs planning in order to identify the agency’s long-term program requirements, Stars and Stripes reported Wednesday. Leo Shane III writes the lawmakers intend to base the review on the Defense Department’s planning document designed to help the …

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Report: Pentagon Officials Fear Layoffs in FY 2014

Defense Department officials are concerned the Pentagon may have to lay off civilian employees in fiscal year 2014 as furloughs of workers started Monday, the Washington Post reported Sunday. Lolita Baldor writes thousands of civilian, military and contract employees could be furloughed next fiscal year if sequestration stays in place. …

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DoD Aims to Boost Cybersecurity Spending

The U.S. Defense Department plans to increase the budget for cybersecurity infrastructures in 2014 as part of efforts to address the growing cyber threat landscape, the American Forces Press Service reported June 20. Karen Parrish writes Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has identified several challenges to defense such as invisible attacks, …

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Contractor Roles Restricted Under DoD Furloughs, Official Says

The Defense Department’s assistant secretary for readiness and force management has reminded defense managers to avoid using contractor and military personnel to fill in spots held by furloughed civilians, GovExec reported Monday. Charles Clark writes furloughs are slated to start July 8 and quotes Frederick Vollrath as saying any attempt …

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James Amos Updates Marine Corps 2016 Drawdown Numbers

Gen. James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, has revealed that another 8,000 Marines may have to leave active duty as a result of defense budget cuts, Military Times reported Wednesday. Dan Lamothe writes that number comes on top of a planned drawdown of 20,000 personnel by late 2016 that …

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