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Gates: Budget Reductions a Strategic, Not Math Problem

In efforts to wring an additional $400 billion in cost-savings over 12 years out of the Defense Department, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said budget cutters should avoid the “managerial cowardice” of across-the-board cuts. In a question-and-answer session at the U.S. Army Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, …

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Is DoD Ready for Full Audit by 2017?

Is the Defense Department prepared for a full audit by 2017? When the Pentagon released the most recent iteration of its Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness status report, a bipartisan group of senators balked, Politico reports. “Based on the findings of today’s FIAR Plan, it appears unlikely that the Department …

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Defense, Diplomatic Officials Roll out International Cybersecurity Strategy

The public unveiling of the administration’s international cybersecurity strategy yesterday brought out leading national security advisers, diplomats, and industry and academic representatives, all recognizing  that in 2011 cybersecurity is a part of national security. White House counterterrorism adviser John O. Brennan and cyber coordinator Howard A. Schmidt hosted the event, …

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Gates: Ruffling Feathers ‘Part of Leadership’

“It is not at all unusual to hear the Pentagon being criticized for its bloat, bureaucracy and spending binges,” CBS news program 60 Minutes began its report on soon-to-retire Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. But what makes this particular criticism so insightful and hard-hitting is that it comes from the …

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House Armed Services Committee Authorizes DoD Funds

The House Armed Services Committee overwhelmingly voted to approve $553 billion in defense authorizations, part of what The Associated Press called a “broad defense blueprint,” which includes funding for a 1.6 percent increase in military pay, a number of weapons programs and additional money for the wars in Iraq and …

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DoD to Update Process for IT Purchasing

The Defense Department isn’t only in the business of buying massive, multimillion-dollar weapons programs anymore. Increasingly, Pentagon dollars, like those of many other federal agencies, are being spent on commercial off-the-shelf solutions. But DoD is still saddled with an acquisition system geared more toward missiles than state-of-the-art IT equipment. The …

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