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Soon-to-depart Gates is Key to Pentagon Budget Trimming

In a series of articles today, Politico took on the “pruning the Pentagon.” And, while much ink has been spilled on the topic of the exit strategies from Afghanistan and Iraq, Politico focused on that of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, himself, and what his departure will mean for the …

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Understaffed DCAA Faces Audit Backlog

The Defense Contract Audit Agency faces an audit backlog and a staff shortage,  according to a report this week in Federal Times. In 2006,  $110 billion had been spent by federal agencies on contracted work that had not yet been audited. By 2010, that number had grown to $405 billion. …

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Carter Fleshes Out DoD Stance Toward Industry M&A

When the Defense Department’s top acquisition chief Ashton Carter dropped hints at a Wall Street speech last week that the Pentagon would frown on mergers and acquisitions between industry giants (although not necessarily between those of smaller companies) the D.C. area’s stable of government contractors were hungry for more information. …

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Lynn at RSA: Military Might Not Enough to Combat Cyber Attacks

Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn, speaking at a cybersecurity conference Tuesday, said military might is not enough to protect the nation’s cyberspace and that the best minds in the private sector and government will have to work together. “The overwhelming percentage of our nation’s critical [information] infrastructure, including the …

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Carter: DoD Open to Small Defense Mergers

The Defense Department realizes defense company mergers are a reality in an era of tight budgets, the Pentagon’s procurement chief said in a Wall Street address yesterday. In fact, DoD is even open to such mergers and acquisitions. But, in return, the Pentagon expects companies to operate more transparently and …

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Odierno Talks Details of JFCOM’s Deep Contractor Cuts

The commander of the United States Joint Forces Command yesterday provided specifics about cuts to the Norfolk, Va.-based command, including deep slashes to the contractor workforce based there. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, who took over JFCOM in October, said the command would cut 2,300 positions from its 4,700-member personnel. Most …

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