Tag Archives: Defense Department

$78B Shortfall in DoD’s Five-Year Budget?

The Office of Management and Budget is directing the Defense Department to trim $78 billion from its budget over the next five years, according to a report on Defense News. The first cut will be $12 billion stripped from DoD’s 2012 budget. Beyond that, it’s not entirely certain how the …

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DoD Urges Troops to Kick Smoking Habit

The Defense Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Health Advisory Council is urging U.S. service members to start making their New Year’s resolutions now, and that includes quitting smoking and other tobacco use. “Tobacco use impairs military readiness and results in serious health problems, so New Year’s is a great time to …

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Gates Named MTV College Network’s ‘Man of the Year’

What do Defense Secretary Robert Gates and hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj have in common? More than you might think. Gates was named the MTV college network’s first-ever Man of the Year, beating out pop stars and hip-hop powerhouses for the honor, which recognized the secretary as a “true role model.” …

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Congress Passes Stripped-Down Defense Appropriations

The House and the Senate both passed stripped-down versions of defense appropriations yesterday, uncharacteristically unladen with controversial, often non-defense related provisions. According to Government Executive, Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) said that they worked to remove all language that concerned any member in a …

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Busy Year for DHS with Few Bumps in Road

The Department of Homeland Security has had a busy year. But for DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, the efforts to secure national security don’t just belong in the halls of power in Washington, D.C. but in the town square as well. “Over the past year, our efforts have been guided by …

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DoD Contracting Cuts Less Severe than Feared?

Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn told a delegation of Virginia lawmakers this week not to expect the worst in terms of proposed cuts to contracting. Cutting service contractors was one part of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ strategy for finding efficiencies within DoD. The original plan, announced in …

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Napolitano: Cybersecurity is Not a Battlefield

Some have characterized cybersecurity as a challenge for the private marketplace, and others have laid it squarely on the shoulders of the military, calling the efforts to secure cyberspace the latest battle frontier. But, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is having none of it. Speaking at a cybersecurity …

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DoD Seeks Comments on Federal IT Worker Job Swap

Making the switch from government to the private sector can make many workers feel like foreign exchange students. And, now, the Defense Department is looking at ways to strengthen the revolving door between government and industry – in a good way. The pilot Information Technology Exchange Program, authorized under the …

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