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David Shear Describes DoD’s Approach to South China Sea Row

David Shear, assistant defense secretary for Asian and Pacific security affairs, has outlined the Pentagon’s strategies to address maritime disputes in South China Sea, DoD News reported Thursday. Shear told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that China’s 2,000-acre reclamation in the region alters the regional status quo and presents several …

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Shay Assad: Pentagon Seeks New Commercial Suppliers Through Acquisition Revamp

The Defense Department will revise its defense acquisition policies in a move to attract new commercial suppliers into the weapons market, Reuters reported Tuesday. Andrea Shalal writes the department will decide whether aerospace components are commercial or in need of military-exclusive cost analysis within 10 days under a new memo. Shay Assad, director …

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Eric Fanning Named Defense Department Chief of Staff

Eric Fanning, formerly undersecretary of the U.S. Air Force, has been named the Defense Department’s chief of staff and appointed to the Senior Executive Service. Defense Secretary Ash Carter confirmed Fanning’s appointment on Tuesday. Fanning most recently oversaw the Air Force’s programs to organize, train and equip the troops. He …

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Senate Confirms Ashton Carter as Defense Secretary

The Senate voted Thursday to confirm Ashton Carter as the country’s next defense secretary in the same week that Congress received an authorization request from the White House for use of military force against the Islamic State group. Carter’s nomination for the role moved through the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday via a …

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Katrina McFarland Outlines Pentagon’s Tech Goals

Katrina McFarland, assistant defense secretary for acquisition, has outlined the Defense Department’s technology goals amid an environment of budget uncertainty for the Pentagon, DoD News reported Thursday. McFarland called on industry to contribute to the government’s efforts to address the challenges in sustaining “technological superiority” and investments in research and development programs, Terri Moon Cronk …

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President Obama Wants to Pump $14B into Cybersecurity Programs

President Barack Obama is seeking $14 billion in funding to bolster the U.S. government’s cybersecurity efforts under the fiscal year 2016 budget plan, Reuters reported Monday. Alina Selyukh and Andrea Shalal write the president’s annual budget proposal contains provisions to implement additional threat detection and prevention systems, facilitate data sharing …

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