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Report: WH Indicates Desire for Sequestration Repeal

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney indicated Tuesday the president wants to eliminate the $500 billion automatic cut to defense spending under sequestration, Defense News reports. John Bennett writes Carney was not specific regarding the timing of when President Barack Obama would discuss eliminating the sequester with Congress. Carney said …

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House, Senate Negotiators Reach Defense Bill Deal

House and Senate negotiators have reached a deal on a compromise version of a defense authorization act for fiscal year 2013, which Defense News reports allocates $631 billion in funding for the Pentagon. The goal was to iron out differences between both chambers’ bills and get a final bill to …

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CNN: DNI Jim Clapper Staying On

Jim Clapper has told colleagues he will remain as director of national intelligence, CNN reports. Citing a senior U.S. official, Barbara Starr reports the intelligence community began learning of Clapper’s decision Monday and said he will stay in the DNI post for the “foreseeable future.” President Barack Obama asked Clapper …

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Bloomberg: Chuck Hagel the Frontrunner for Defense Secretary

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) is the likely nominee to succeed Leon Panetta as defense secretary, Bloomberg News reports on its Twitter feed. Citing sources, Bloomberg reports President Barack Obama invited Hagel to White House on Dec. 4 to discuss the position. According to Reuters, Obama met with him to …

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Senate Defense Bill Would Ramp Up Pentagon Audit Efforts

Language in the Senate’s version of the defense authorization bill would put more pressure on the Pentagon to achieve a clean audit by 2017, GovExec reports. Charles Clark writes the bill would require the Pentagon to appoint a chief management officer responsible for fixing problems with financial management, business transformation …

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Pentagon Top Lawyer Jeh Johnson to Step Down

Jeh Johnson, general counsel at the Defense Department since 2009, is stepping down from his post at the end of the year to return to private practice, the Washington Post reports. Emily Heil writes Johnson is expected to return to Paul, Weiss Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, a law firm where …

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OMB to Pentagon: Start Sequestration Planning

The Office of Management and Budget has directed the Defense Department to start planning for budget cuts under sequestration, American Forces Press Service reports. Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters the Pentagon has begun to plan for the additional $500 billion cut, which would come on top of another …

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Profile: Robert Carey, Pentagon Principal Deputy CIO

Robert Carey serves as principal deputy chief information officer at the Defense Department, where he helps lead consolidation and standardization efforts for the defense information technology enterprise, cybersecurity posture and enterprise architecture. Carey, who has held this post since October 2010, also aligns and manages the office of the CIO …

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Profile: Gen. Keith Alexander, NSA and Cybercom Lead

Army Gen. Keith Alexander serves as director of the National Security Agency and commander of U.S. Cyber Command, having led NSA since August 2005 and Cybercom since May 2010. At NSA, the 38-year Army veteran leads that agency’s national foreign intelligence, combat support and U.S. national security information system activities. …

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