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Robert Hale: Pentagon Plans 6% Workforce Cut Through 2018

The Defense Department plans to reduce the size of its civilian workforce by between 40,000 and 50,000 positions over the next five years and those cuts could come in conjunction with another round of base closures, according to Defense Comptroller Robert Hale. Marine Corps Times reports the workforce cut would …

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William Shelton: Some Space Fence Receivers Put In Storage

The U.S. Air Force Space Command is faced with tough decisions on what its priorities are for space strategy as the command faces budget tightening, the command’s leader said Tuesday. Gen. William Shelton said the command has decided to put a third of the receivers used for the Space Fence …

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More Than 90% of Navy Workforce Facing Furloughs

Approximately 94 percent of the U.S. Navy’s more than 200,000 civilian employees would have to be furloughed as the branch handles cuts under sequestration. The Navy is also determining which ship and aircraft maintenance projects to defer and how to apply reprogrammed funds, according to a Navy memo obtained by …

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James Clapper: No Decision Yet on IC Furloughs

U.S. intelligence agencies may have to furlough some workers under required sequestration budget cuts but no decisions have been made on furloughs yet, the national intelligence director said Friday. James Clapper said the intelligence community slowed down hiring when it became clear agencies would have to reduce their budgets, Defense …

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Pentagon Awarded $39B in March Contracts, $300B Planned for FY 2013

The Defense Department awarded $39.4 billion in contracts during March, a sharp increase over the $23.1 billion in awards from February and $12.1 billion from January. Despite sequestration, the Pentagon plans to award up to $300 billion in contracts for the whole fiscal year ending Sept. 30, more than the amount awarded in 2006, Nick Taborek …

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Some Military IT, Comm Funds Spared From Cuts

The Military Health System received approval for its proposed $1.5 billion information management operations budget under the spending bill signed by President Barack Obama March 26, Nextgov reports. Bob Brewin writes that was one of many information technology and communication items that were largely spared from steep budget cuts. Citing …

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Chuck Hagel to Military: Prepare for More Cuts

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made his first major policy speech since taking the job and said the military should prepare for more budget cuts, Reuters reports. The Defense Department is cutting $41 billion from its budget for the rest of this 2013 fiscal year and is facing a potential $500 …

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North Korea Govt Says It Will Grow Nuclear Arsenal

North Korea has vowed to strengthen its nuclear arsenal weapons as its government announced over the weekend that it entered an official state of war with South Korea, GMA Network reports. Citing the North’s official KCNA news agency, GMA reports the government has decided to build a light water reactor …

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US Sends F-22 Jets for Korea Drills as North Continues Threats

The U.S. has deployed Lockheed Martin-built F-22 fighter jets to South Korea for a joint military exercise with that country as North Korea continues to make threats, Reuters reports. Paul Eckert writes the jets will fly in the annual Foal Eagle exercise, intended to keep both countries ready in the …

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Japan Military Head: F-35 Can Help Manage Regional Tensions

Japan’s military top brass remain committed to purchasing Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jets, the country’s top uniformed military officer has told Reuters. Shigeru Iwasaki, chief of the Japanese Self-Defence Forces’ Joint Staff, told Reuters he believed the F-35 was the country’s best choice as it handles tensions with both China …

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