Tag Archives: Defense Department

Martin Dempsey: Sequester Cuts Put Military Readiness At Risk

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told a Senate committee panel Thursday that budget cuts under the sequestration hurt the U.S. military’s ability to address national security threats, Reuters reported. David Alexander writes Army Gen. Martin Dempsey remarked about the impact of across-the-board defense cuts during a Senate …

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Lawmakers Seek Quadrennial Veterans Affairs Plan

The House of Representatives is looking to formulate a four-year review on Veterans Affairs planning in order to identify the agency’s long-term program requirements, Stars and Stripes reported Wednesday. Leo Shane III writes the lawmakers intend to base the review on the Defense Department’s planning document designed to help the …

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Report: Pentagon Officials Fear Layoffs in FY 2014

Defense Department officials are concerned the Pentagon may have to lay off civilian employees in fiscal year 2014 as furloughs of workers started Monday, the Washington Post reported Sunday. Lolita Baldor writes thousands of civilian, military and contract employees could be furloughed next fiscal year if sequestration stays in place. …

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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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