Tag Archives: Defense Department

Defense Contracts Freeze Amid Government Shutdown

The ongoing U.S. government shutdown has suspended the Defense Department’s contracting activities and nearly all government functions, DoD Buzz reported Monday. Kris Osborn quoted Pentagon spokesman Cmdr. Bill Urban as saying the shutdown puts the awarding of fresh contracts at a halt except for safety, property protection, emergency and medical …

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Pentagon Employees Face Furloughs Under Govt Shutdown

Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter has told employees in a memo that many civilian workers would be temporarily furloughed in the event of a government shutdown, the American Forces Press Service reported Monday. Jim Garamone writes government functions that are supported by appropriated funds would have to stop if Congress and the White …

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Report: Army to Unveil New Camouflage Pattern

The U.S. Army is set to unveil a new camouflage pattern which will likely be phased in next year, according to what Sergeant Major Raymond Chandler told a group of troops, which Military Times then reported on. Lance Bacon writes that the new pattern will be similar to the “MultiCam” pattern that is …

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Robert Hale: Congress Has Three Scenarios as Fiscal Year Ends

Robert Hale, Defense Department comptroller, remains hopeful that Congress will reach a deal to reduce the federal deficit and avert sequestration, he told Defense One in an interview published Monday. Stephanie Gaskell writes Hale described three legislative scenarios as a new round of across-the-board spending cuts loom, including that fiscal compromise. …

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Lawmakers Ask Pentagon to Reconsider Staff Cut Plan

Reps. Bill Young (R-Fla.) and Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.) have jointly requested that the Defense Department examine alternative options to cutting its workforce by 20 percent, GovExec reported Friday. Eric Katz writes the lawmakers suggested to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in a letter that the Pentagon conduct a review to identify specific functions …

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Pentagon to Evaluate 5 Potential Missile Interceptor Sites

The Defense Department is evaluating five potential locations in the U.S. where the agency could deploy ground-based missile interceptors. DoD’s team will work to visit each candidate site in order to gather data on electrical power supply, water resources, transportation access and other infrastructural information, DoD said Thursday. Navy Vice …

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Jamie Morin Appointed Pentagon Cost Assessment Lead

Jamie Morin, the U.S. Air Force’s chief financial officer, has been nominated to lead the Defense Department office responsible for estimating how much weapons programs cost following the retirement of Christine Fox in June, Reuters reported Thursday. Andrea Shalal-Esa writes that if confirmed by the Senate, Morin would likely play a key …

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DoD to Formulate Cloud Email System Migration Plans

The Defense Department is asking its component agencies and services to lay the groundwork for migrating to an enterprise email platform meant to help DoD centralize its service, Federal News Radio reported Friday. Jared Serbu writes a memo from  Teri Takai, DoD chief information officer, allocated 120 days for all agency components …

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GAO: $44B Set for Defense, Civilian Space Launches Over Four Years

The U.S. Government Accountability Office estimates defense and civilian agencies will spend nearly $44 billion on space launches and related activities between fiscal years 2014 and 2018. Sixty-five percent of that figure is allocated for acquisition funding and 26 percent is for research, development, test and evaluation work, GAO said …

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