Tag Archives: Defense Department

DoD Aims to Boost Cybersecurity Spending

The U.S. Defense Department plans to increase the budget for cybersecurity infrastructures in 2014 as part of efforts to address the growing cyber threat landscape, the American Forces Press Service reported June 20. Karen Parrish writes Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has identified several challenges to defense such as invisible attacks, …

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Contractor Roles Restricted Under DoD Furloughs, Official Says

The Defense Department’s assistant secretary for readiness and force management has reminded defense managers to avoid using contractor and military personnel to fill in spots held by furloughed civilians, GovExec reported Monday. Charles Clark writes furloughs are slated to start July 8 and quotes Frederick Vollrath as saying any attempt …

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James Amos Updates Marine Corps 2016 Drawdown Numbers

Gen. James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, has revealed that another 8,000 Marines may have to leave active duty as a result of defense budget cuts, Military Times reported Wednesday. Dan Lamothe writes that number comes on top of a planned drawdown of 20,000 personnel by late 2016 that …

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GSA Looks at New Cloud Services Acquisition Model

The General Services Administration is assessing a brokerage concept as an alternative for federal agencies to acquire cloud-based services, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. Jason Miller writes GSA hopes to acquire cloud brokerage services this summer and complete the proof-of-concept this year as the Department of Homeland Security and another …

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Jon Rymer Appointed Pentagon Inspector General

Jon Rymer, current inspector general at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., has been appointed to serve as IG at the Defense Department, GovExec reported Monday. Charles Clark writes the Pentagon’s IG post has remained vacant since December 2011 and Deputy Inspector General Lynne Halbrooks has led the IG office since …

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Senator Richard Dublin Endorses F-35 Program

Richard Dublin, chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations subcommittee, expressed his support for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighters during a Wednesday hearing, the Lexington Institute reported Thursday. Loren Thompson writes Durbin gave the endorsement following testimonies from Defense Department acquisition lead Frank Kendall and Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, F-35 program executive …

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Teri Takai Speaks on DoD’s Wireless Spectrum Dependence

Teri Takai, Defense Department chief information officer, said Tuesday the department’s dependence on wireless spectrum touches all aspects of its operations, the American Forces Press Service reported Tuesday. Claudette Roulo writes that Takai told a Washington Post forum that military platforms have moved beyond wireless voice and data transmission and into …

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Stephen Preston Nominated Pentagon General Counsel

Stephen Preston, general counsel at the CIA since 2009, has been appointed to the same position at the Defense Department. Preston served as a partner at WilmerHale prior to joining the CIA and held the co-chairman role for the firm’s defense and national security practice, the White House said June …

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House Approves Defense Authorization Act Amendments

The House added three amendments to the fiscal year 2014 defense authorization bill that intend to help the Defense Department gauge the impact of cyber attacks on the economy and protect enterprises, FedScoop reported Friday. Cory Bennett writes the House voted 315-108 Friday to pass the amended bill, which also …

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