Tag Archives: DoD

GAO: DoD Should Update Guidance for Privately Financed Construction Project Reports

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The Government Accountability Office has recommended that the Defense Department  revise DoD’s guidance for congressional notification of major privately backed construction projects to clarify project types that need to be reported. GAO said in a report published Thursday DoD should also designate a lead organization to establish a department-wide policy for gifts of construction projects. DoD, military departments …

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James Mattis Confirmed as Defense Secretary

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The Senate has confirmed James Mattis, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general and former chief of the U.S. Central Command, as defense secretary under President Donald Trump’s administration, The Hill newspaper reported Friday. Rebecca Kheel writes Trump signed a waiver legislation to exempt Mattis from a law that requires the Defense Department‘s civilian leader to …

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Mark Rockefeller, Michael Phipps Join SBA’s Veteran Small Business Devt Task Force

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Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the Small Business Administration, has appointed StreetShares CEO Mark Rockefeller and Michael Phipps, managing director at The Millennium Group International, as members of the Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development. SBA said Thursday Rockefeller and Phipps will serve on the advisory board for two years and attend quarterly meetings …

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Report: Anti-IS Group Air Warfare Spending Reaches $11B

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The U.S. Defense Department has spent a total of $10.72 billion on the air campaign against the Islamic State militant group since operations started in June 2014, DoD Buzz reported Thursday. Oriana Pawlyk writes DoD’s latest figures indicate total spending on Operation Inherent Resolve has almost doubled from the $5.5 billion reported in 2015. The …

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Ash Carter Discusses DoD Changes in Farewell Address

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter has highlighted changes throughout his 35-year career at the Defense Department during his farewell address in the Pentagon auditorium, DoD News reported Wednesday. Cheryl Pellerin writes Carter said DoD missions have transformed from the “great-power competition of the Cold War years” to more than a decade of counterinsurgency …

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DHS Publishes National Cyber Incident Response Plan

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The Department of Homeland Security has released the National Cyber Incident Response Plan that aims to boost the federal government’s capacity to manage cyber incidents. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said Wednesday the plan describes the roles and responsibilities of federal, state, local, territorial and tribal entities as well as private sector and international …

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DISA, JFHQ-DODIN Leaders Discuss 2017 Agency Plans and Priorities; Tony Montemarano Comments

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A panel of senior leaders from the Defense Information Systems Agency and Joint Force Headquarters – Department of Defense Information Networks have discussed the agencies’ plans and priorities for 2017. DISA Executive Deputy Director Tony Montemarano noted the agency has modified its future business plans to a more purchase-oriented focus as opposed to …

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Senate Panel OKs James Mattis’ Nomination for DoD Secretary Post

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The Senate Armed Services Committee recommended the nomination of James Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general, as Defense Department secretary through a 26-1 vote Wednesday. The committee said Wednesday it will hand over Mattis’ official nomination to the full Senate for confirmation. The approval comes days after the Senate and House passed a …

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