Tag Archives: Defense Department

Proposed House Bill Expands Federal Pay Freeze, Cuts Workers

A bill proposed in the House of Representatives last week would add another year to the two-year federal pay freeze, reduce the federal workforce by 10 percent and cut Defense Department procurement by 15 percent. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) introduced the “Cut Unsustainable and Top-heavy Spending,”  last week, saying the …

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Mullen Calls for Military Self-Reflection

While the military faces broad public support, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen called for reflection and self-examination, amid some fears the military is growing out of touch. At a leadership conference at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., Mullen said the …

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Plans to Downsize JFCOM Go Ahead

President Barack Obama signed an official memo last week, giving his stamp of approval on Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ initiative to shutter the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va. “I hereby accept the recommendations of the secretary of defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and approve the …

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Agencies to Address IPv6 in New IT Contracts

Transitioning to next-generation Internet will now be more firmly entrenched in the federal IT acquisition process, according to a new rule published in the Federal Register last month. The new rule, proposed by the Defense Department, the General Services Administration and NASA, adds certain provisions to the Federal Acquisition Regulation, …

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DoD Given Power to Secretly Ban Contractors Deemed Risks

According to new authorities granted to top Defense Department leaders, the Pentagon can ban government contractors if DoD deems them a security risk. DoD is not required to inform companies they are blocked, and firms cannot appeal the decision, according to a Bloomberg News report. The contractor-security provision is part …

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Not Every Defense Dollar ‘Sacred’: Gates Announces $78B in Cuts, End to Marine Vehicle

Defense Secretary Robert Gates briefed lawmakers Thursday about proposed cuts to military spending before publicly announcing cuts to weapons programs, according to various media reports. At a Pentagon briefing, Gates announced the cancellation of the Marine amphibious vehicle Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle. Gates said the need for the EFV can be …

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DISA Sets Eye on Becoming DoD’s Leading Cloud Provider

The Defense Information Systems Agency said this week it wants to become the Defense Department’s leading provider of cloud computing platforms and services. In an interview with Nextgov, DISA Chief Technology Officer Dave Mihelcic said his agency is “uniquely positioned” to be DoD’s cloud provider of first resort both for …

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DoD Predictions for 2011

Most of the big issues facing the Defense Department in 2011 can be boiled down to one word: budget. A duo of defense experts talked to DoDBuzz about what to look for on the defense horizon for 2011 and mostly agreed that 2010 economic uncertainty and the political grandstanding surrounding …

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DoD, GSA to Keep Tabs on Contractor IDs

The Defense Department, the General Services Administration and NASA are playing tough in an effort to ensure that special access cards used by government contractors are returned after a contract’s terms are over. Until all the microchip-embedded cards are returned, the new rules, published in the Federal Register last week, …

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