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Senators Asking Contractors For Sequestration Impact Outlines

Six Republican senators and one independent senator want several contractors to submit written information on the potential impact of defense cuts under sequestration. Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) released the letter Thursday, addressed to companies such as ATK, BAE Systems’ U.S. subsidiary, Boeing, Computer Sciences Corp., General Dynamics, ITT Exelis, L-3 …

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Report: Pentagon Includes Boeing Drone In $641M Fund Shift Request

The Defense Department is asking Congress to shift $641 million in intelligence and surveillance funds toward expanding use of a Boeing-built drone for Navy commandos in Afghanistan, Bloomberg reports. According to Tony Capaccio’s report, $94.2 million would go to ground stations for Boeing’s ScanEagle drone, used to assist Afghan local …

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GAO: 2005 BRAC Round Cost $14.1B Over Expectations

The Defense Department spent an estimated $14.1 billion more than expected during its most recent round of Base Realignment and Closures, according to recent Government Accountability Office report. BRAC costs for this round totaled $35.1 billion, 67 percent more than the Pentagon’s original prediction of $21 billion, auditors found. GAO …

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Report: FY 2011 Classified Programs Cost $11.4B

Executive branch agencies spent an estimated $11.4 billion on classified information systems and programs in fiscal year 2011, Federal Times reports. According to writer Sean Reilly, that marks a 12 percent increase from fiscal 2010 and more than a 50 percent increase from 10 years ago. The Information Security Oversight …

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Clapper Putting New Anti-Leak Policies In Place

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has instituted new policy measures to prevent intelligence leadks and identify individuals who give classified information to journalists, the Washington Post reports. According to Walter Pincus’ report, all intelligence community personnel can be subject to polygraph exams if they had access to leaked classified …

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OMB Memo: Wartime Funds Fall Under Sequestration

Wartime funding is not exempt from cuts under sequestration, according to a recent memo from the Office of Management and Budget. OMB Acting Director Jeff Zients responded to inquiries from Reps. Buck McKeon, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Mike Rogers about possible flexibility of sequestration under the Budget Control Act. McKeon chairs …

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Study Finds Combat Zone Tax Benefits Based On Rank

A recent study found the Defense Department does not have enough authority to offer its personnel with bonuses or incentives for service in combat zones, GovExec reports. The White House commissioned the Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation to evaluate pay of Pentagon personnel. Thomas Bush, study director, told writer Amanda Palleschi …

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Pentagon Names Jennifer Napper Cybercom Plans, Policy Head

The Defense Department has appointed Army Maj. Gen. Jennifer Napper director of plans and policy at U.S. Cyber Command, AOL Defense reports. She is scheduled to leave her position as head of Army Network Enterprise Technology Command at Fort Huachuca, where she is credited with facilitating the consolidation of Army …

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Carl Levin: Sequestration Not Happening In January

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) is optimistic that there will be no automatic budget cuts in January, Defense News reports. According to Rick Maze, Levin said that between 80 and 90 percent of Congress wants to prevent sequestration. Levin said that before the upcoming election, Congress should …

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Panetta Wants Senate Support For Pentagon 2013 Budget Request

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently asked a Senate panel to support the Pentagon’s budget request for fiscal year 2013, the American Forces Press Service reports. Panetta told the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on defense that the DoD’s budget request are based on the military spending projections from department leaders. Some of …

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