Tag Archives: Defense Department

Profile: David Ahern, Defense Deputy Asst Secretary for Strategic and Tactical Systems

David Ahern serves as deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategic and tactical systems, working under the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition. Ahern’s office is responsible for portfolio management, technical and programmatic evaluation and functional oversight of the Defense Department‘s strategic and tactical programs. Before joining …

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Navy Undersecretary Robert Work Announces Departure

Navy Undersecretary Robert Work told a Surface Navy Association symposium audience Thursday it would be the last time he addresses them as undersecretary, Federal News Radio reports. Jared Serbu writes Work announced his plans to leave his position in response to an audience question at the Arlington, Va. forum but …

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Profile: Rick Holgate, ATF CIO

Rick Holgate serves as assistant director for science and technology and chief information officer at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He is responsible for strategy, planning, managing and delivering information technology and information services, financial investigative services and laboratory services throughout the ATF. Holgate, a public and …

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Report: WH Indicates Desire for Sequestration Repeal

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney indicated Tuesday the president wants to eliminate the $500 billion automatic cut to defense spending under sequestration, Defense News reports. John Bennett writes Carney was not specific regarding the timing of when President Barack Obama would discuss eliminating the sequester with Congress. Carney said …

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House, Senate Negotiators Reach Defense Bill Deal

House and Senate negotiators have reached a deal on a compromise version of a defense authorization act for fiscal year 2013, which Defense News reports allocates $631 billion in funding for the Pentagon. The goal was to iron out differences between both chambers’ bills and get a final bill to …

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CNN: DNI Jim Clapper Staying On

Jim Clapper has told colleagues he will remain as director of national intelligence, CNN reports. Citing a senior U.S. official, Barbara Starr reports the intelligence community began learning of Clapper’s decision Monday and said he will stay in the DNI post for the “foreseeable future.” President Barack Obama asked Clapper …

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Bloomberg: Chuck Hagel the Frontrunner for Defense Secretary

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) is the likely nominee to succeed Leon Panetta as defense secretary, Bloomberg News reports on its Twitter feed. Citing sources, Bloomberg reports President Barack Obama invited Hagel to White House on Dec. 4 to discuss the position. According to Reuters, Obama met with him to …

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Senate Defense Bill Would Ramp Up Pentagon Audit Efforts

Language in the Senate’s version of the defense authorization bill would put more pressure on the Pentagon to achieve a clean audit by 2017, GovExec reports. Charles Clark writes the bill would require the Pentagon to appoint a chief management officer responsible for fixing problems with financial management, business transformation …

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