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Analysts Suggest US Develop More Directed Energy Weapons

Analysts suggest the U.S. should focus on developing directed energy weapons to counter future assaults on U.S. military’s freedom of movement, Defense News reports. The Washington-based Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments issued a report Thursday suggesting the U.S. would benefit from using alternately-powered weapons to respond to precision-guided cruise …

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Frank Gaffney on Defense Budget, Sequestration in GovConExec Spring Issue

Sequestration is more than a buzz word in the GovCon industry and Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney has crunched the numbers to show just how significant directed cuts are to GovCon operations and the American population. Gaffney penned his findings in the Spring 2012 edition of GovConExec magazine, which is published by …

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Marilyn Freeman Tells Lawmakers Defense Research Should Not Bear Sequestration

Defense Department science and technology officials told lawmakers Tuesday that cuts resulting from sequestration could negatively impact the Pentagon’s research components, FierceGovernment IT reports. Marilyn Freeman, the Army’s deputy assistant secretary for research and technology, told the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on emerging threats and capabilities that she is concerned …

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Panetta Urges Congress to De-Trigger Sequestration Cuts

It is up to Congress to dissipate the shadow of sequestration hanging over the Defense Department, according to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Army Gen. Martin Dempsey discussed on Monday the impending $500 billion budget reduction over the next ten years that would incur if …

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Report: Pentagon Updating Network Access Cards

The Defense Department is updating its system that gives employees access to the Pentagon’s networks, Military Times reported. The Pentagon expects to complete its common access cards system by Oct.1 and employees are expected to upgrade their cards by that time. The new CAC system is intended to be more …

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Report: Pentagon to Invest $770B in Aircraft Through 2022

The Defense Department plans to spend $770 billion on its aircraft acquisition, maintenance and operation programs between fiscal years 2013 and 2022, Aviation Week reports. The Pentagon sent its 30-year aviation plan to Congress earlier this month and reported that yearly aircraft spending for all military branches will peak at …

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Pentagon Working to Expand Intl Cyber Partnerships; Steven Schleien Comments

The Defense Department has started to broaden its cyber strategy and include international cooperation with allies in cyberspace, the American Forces Press Service reports. Experts from Washington, Russia and the Netherlands spoke at Georgetown University’s International Engagement on Cyber Monday, discussing obstacles that lie in way of international cooperation for cyber efforts. …

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House to Consider Revised Cyber Information Sharing Bill

The House is set to consider a cybersecurity bill at the end of April allowing the government and private sector organizations to share potential threat information, Reuters reports. In a news conference Tuesday, Mike Rogers (R- Mich.) and C.A. ‘Dutch’ Ruppersberger (D- Md.) indicated they aim to expand the pilot …

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GAO Says Pentagon Uses Faulty Data to Count Military Contractors

The government’s watchdog has been keeping tabs on the Defense Department’s personnel reporting methods and use of contractors in recent times. The Government Accountability Office reported on March 21 that the Pentagon does not have a good method to track personnel and operating cost at its headquarters. GAO issued a report …

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