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Ashton Carter: Sequestration Becoming More Likely To Occur

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter it is looking more likely that $45 billion in automatic defense cuts under sequestration will kick in March 1, he told Bloomberg News. The Defense Department‘s first step to prepare for the cuts is to let go of all or some of the department’s 46,000 …

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David Helvey Named Defense Deputy Asst Secretary For East Asia

The Defense Department has appointed David Helvey to serve as deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for policy. Helvey previously served in that position on an acting basis, the Pentagon said Monday. He has also served as principal director …

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Kathleen Hicks: No Decision Made On Pentagon Civilian Furloughs

The Defense Department has not made any decisions regarding furloughs of civilian employees as a response to budget cuts under sequestration, the Pentagon’s lead policy official has said. GovExec reports Kathleen Hicks, principal deputy undersecretary for policy, said in an internal memo that the department could decide to notify Congress whether …

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46K Pentagon Workers Facing Layoffs

The Defense Department is laying off many of its 46,000 temporary and contract workers in an attempt to manage automatic budget cuts under sequestration, Reuters reports. Deputy Secretary Ashton Carter told Reuters the department could also furlough most of its 800,000 full-time civilian employees, who would take day of unpaid …

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Hayden, McChrystal Back Hagel’s Nomination

Retired U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal and Michael Hayden, a former CIA director and retired Air Force general, both expressed support for Chuck Hagel’s nomination as defense secretary during a Sunday TV interview. Both McChrystal and Hayden spoke to CNN’s “State of the Union” and addressed Hagel’s military experience, which …

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Pentagon’s Accounting Agency Starting Sequestration Prep

Effective Monday, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service is implementing a hiring freeze and reducing funds for travel, training and overtime in an attempt to handle potential sequestration cuts. According to Federal Times, DFAS Director Terri McKay furloughs are also a possibility if the sequester kicks in or Congress lets …

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Profile: David Ahern, Defense Deputy Asst Secretary for Strategic and Tactical Systems

David Ahern serves as deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategic and tactical systems, working under the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition. Ahern’s office is responsible for portfolio management, technical and programmatic evaluation and functional oversight of the Defense Department‘s strategic and tactical programs. Before joining …

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