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Pentagon Looking to Cap Defense Contractor Exec Pay

The Defense Department is looking to place a cap on the executive pay of defense contractors, extending the limit from the top five to all positions, according to an All Headline News report. Under the proposed $693,951-per-year cap, executive pay would include wages, salaries, bonuses and deferred compensation. The House …

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Senate Confirms Ashton Carter as Next Deputy Defense Secretary

In a unanimous vote Friday, the Senate confirmed Ashton Carter as the next deputy defense secretary. Carter currently serves as undersecretary of defense, technology and logistics. Carter replaces William Lynn, who announced his departure in July. “Ash has a steady hand, a keen intellect, and an effective management style that …

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WH Deficit Plan Modifies Tricare, Current Service Members Unaffected

The White House’s deficit reduction proposal calls for increases in Tricare pharmacy co-pays for military beneficiaries and includes charging an enrollment fee for older retirees using Tricare for Life benefits. However, any changes in benefits for military retirees would not happen immediately. Another commission will study the issue before changes are …

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Pentagon, DHS Probe Expanding Sharing of Cyber Threat Intel with Contractors

The Defense Department plans to expand the sharing of classified cyber threat intelligence between the Pentagon and certain contracting firms to better secure commercial networks used for military purposes, Pentagon officials said. A test program, which ran from May 9 through Sept. 15, prevented hundreds of attempted breaches at 20 participating industrial defense firms, officials …

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‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy Repealed

The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on gays and lesbians serving in the military has officially been repealed and is no longer in effect. The Defense Department sent a memo Tuesday announcing the policy change, which takes effect 60 days after President Barack Obama certified the military’s readiness for repeal …

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Pentagon Claims Defense Cuts Would Increase Unemployment

Threatened cuts to defense approaching $1 trillion over the next 10 years could add 1 percent to the nation’s unemployment rate, a Defense Department official said Thursday. As part of the debt ceiling agreement reached in August, at least $350 billion is to be cut from the security budget over …

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Limited Access to Pentagon Memorial Over 9/11 Weekend

Public access to the Pentagon Memorial will be limited Friday-Sunday due to ceremonies commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. In a statement released Thursday, the Defense Department said the memorial will be closed Sunday until 6 p.m., and intermittently Friday and Saturday. The Pentagon said …

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New DoD Public School Attendance Policy

Children attending public schools at military installations will be subject to similar attendance policies at other public schools, the Pentagon’s education agency said Tuesday. The Department of Defense Education Activity is implementing a system-wide attendance policy this school year for DoDEA schools around the world. All students will be required …

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Body Armor Testing Improving, Army Says

The Army is implementing recommendations made by the Department of Defense Inspector General to improve testing and performance of soldier-worn body armor, Armed with Science reported Tuesday. In August, the inspector general found the Army improperly tested bullet-blocking plates and could not determine if 5 million plates met safety standards. …

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Military Retiree Pay Dates to Change in September & December

Paydays for military retirees and those who receive portions of retired pay are changing for the months of September and December, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service said Tuesday. This year payments normally scheduled for Oct. 3 will be issued on Sept. 30. Payments normally scheduled for Jan. 3, 2012 will …

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