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Gates as Pentagon Change Agent: Low-key, but Crucial

When Robert M. Gates was named defense secretary at the end of 2006, the former CIA chief was thrust into the midst of the debate about sending more troops to quell the insurgency in Iraq. Now, after serving longer in his Pentagon post than all but four of his predecessors …

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Panetta, Pentagon Prepare for Old Switcharoo

Following the unanimous vote in the Senate yesterday to approve CIA Director Leon Panetta as the next defense secretary, the Pentagon is preparing for the top transition as Robert Gates retires at the end of the month. DoD has launched a transition team headed by Marcel Lettre, principal deputy assistant …

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DoD Service Contracting to Take a Hit under Senate Committee Plan

Under a spending measure approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Defense Department’s funding for service contracts would be cut down to 2010 levels, in what Federal News Radio said amounted to a service-contractor hiring freeze. DoD’s service-contracting budget would take a $1.1 billion cut, according to a committee …

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Senate Armed Services OKs $6B Defense Cut

The Senate Armed Services Committee has given its go-ahead to cut $6 billion from the Defense Department’s 2012 budget, according to a report in Defense News. The chairman of the panel, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), called the cut a “down payment” on the a plan the White House introduced in …

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GAO: Weapons Programs Need More Requirements Oversight

A new Government Accountability Office review has found that the requirements oversight phase of the acquisition process is ill-timed, when put into practice, according to a Defense News report. The GAO report found that feedback from the Joint Requirements Oversight Council — known as JROC —  is included  either too …

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