Tag Archives: Defense Department

Gen. Martin Dempsey: Syria Campaign to Challenge Defense Budget

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The U.S.’ top uniformed military officer has said Defense Department could increasingly run into budget problems as it moves to help combat the Islamic State group, Breaking Defense reported Friday. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the ground forces that will fight the militant group will consist of Syrian rebels, …

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Dave Bowen: DHA Plans to Standardize DoD’s Health Data Collection

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The Defense Health Agency is working to standardize health data collection for the Defense Department as part of efforts to modernize the military healthcare system, FCW reported Wednesday. Dave Bowen, head of DHA’s health information technology irectorate and chief information officer for the Military Health System, told a forum that he intends to identify what …

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DISA’s Dave Mihelcic: US Military Needs Multilevel Cloud Approach

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Dave Mihelcic, chief technology officer at the Defense Information Systems Agency, believes that a multilevel approach to cloud computing is a requirement for the U.S. military’s missions, Breaking Defense reported Wednesday. Mihelcic told Breaking Defense’s Sydney Freedberg Jr. that the Defense Department wants to buy technologies to virtualize its high-level security workloads from other …

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Karen DeSalvo Pushes for Interoperability with Other Arenas to Build Health IT Systems

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Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for Health Information Technology, believes there are assets and methods outside of the medicine space that healthcare professionals could use to develop health IT systems, FedScoop reported Wednesday. Billy Mitchell writes the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT within the Health and Human Services Department plans to …

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GAO: DoD Should Re-Examine Joint Basing Goals, Direction, Functions for Consolidation

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The Government Accountability Office has recommended that the Defense Department re-examine its program for establishing joint bases due to challenges in consolidating functions identified in a recent survey of 11 joint bases. GAO posted Friday a summary of the survey findings, which called for a review the installation-support functions suitable for consolidation as well as …

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GAO Calls for Additional Revocation Process Oversight at DHS, DOD, ODNI

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The Government Accountability Office has urged the the Defense and Homeland Security Departments and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to implement additional oversight of their personnel security revocation process. GAO said Sept. 8 that it found inconsistencies in how the three departments monitor data related to the number of employees who received security …

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Beth Cobert: Performance Accountability Council Recommends Clearance Process Changes

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Beth Cobert from the Office of Management and Budget has detailed the Suitability and Security Clearance Performance Accountability Council’s recommendations on how to modify clearance process for federal employees and contractors. Cobert, chair of the interagency council and OMB deputy director for management, writes in a post published Tuesday that PAC’s 120-Day Suitability and Security Report focused on …

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Frank Kendall: Nuclear Program Funds Could Face ‘Big Challenge’ in the 2020s

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Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall has said the military’s nuclear modernization efforts could face funding issues in the coming years, Breaking Defense reported Wednesday. Sydney Freedberg Jr. writes that the service branches want nuclear program funds to come from outside their own budgets. “It’s a big challenge in the ’20s in particular. When we get out …

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Darlene Costello Appointed Principal Deputy Asst. Defense Secretary for Acquisition

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Darlene Costello, an acquisition official within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, has been appointed as principal deputy assistant defense secretary for acquisition under the same office. Costello previously served as principal director of strategic and tactical systems and director of acquisition and program management, …

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