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Sean Stackley, Heidi Shyu Highlight Sequester’s Effects on Acquisition

Two lead defense acquisition officials told lawmakers Wednesday they believe the government’s short-term budgeting could heighten the effects of ongoing across-the-board spending cuts on military programs, Federal News Radio reported Friday. Jared Serbu writes Sean Stackley, Navy assistant secretary for research, development and acquisition, told a House committee Wednesday the branch …

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Chuck Hagel: Pentagon Aims to Restore Normalcy After Shutdown

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has vowed to work with other Pentagon leaders to restore normalcy across the department, the American Forces Press Service reported Thursday. Jim Garamone writes Hagel told reporters at a media briefing Thursday he is concerned about the recent shutdown’s impact on employee morale and the agency’s …

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Robert Hale: Pentagon Made Interest Payments During Govt Shutdown

Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale estimates the furloughs of 400,000 civilian workers during the government shutdown cost the Pentagon at least $600 million in lost productivity, Defense News reported Thursday. Marcus Weisgerber writes Hale told a press conference Thursday the Pentagon made interest payments because it was forced to pay …

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Richard Phillips: Budget Cuts Could Reduce Number of Military Cargo Ships

A merchant mariner involved in a 2009 standoff with Somali pirates says continued federal budget cuts could shrink the number of U.S.-flagged ships that ferry military supplies worldwide, Reuters reported Thursday.  According to David Alexander report, Richard Phillips told Reuters the budget cuts could also cut down the number of Pentagon’s commercial cargo …

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CRS: Shutdown Could Hit Military Training, Contractor Pay

The U.S. Congressional Research Service says the ongoing federal government shutdown could disrupt military training programs and delay contracting activities, Defense One reported Wednesday. Charles Clark writes CRS analysts predict that although the government may continue to sign contracts, it may not be able to disburse payments to contractors due to a …

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Ash Carter to Leave Pentagon in December

Ash Carter, deputy defense secretary, will step down from his position after four years at the Pentagon Dec. 4, including the past two years in his current role. He led the Pentagon’s most recent Strategic Choices and Management Review and worked to lead the military through budget uncertainties, Secretary Chuck …

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Pentagon Accounting Office: Troops Will Get Oct 15 Paycheck

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service says all military service members will receive their salaries and allowances for the current pay period by Oct. 15, Military Times reported Tuesday. Andrew Tilghman writes DFAS started processing the mid-month payroll as the Pentagon works to interpret a federal law that guarantees military …

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Defense Health Agency Begins Operations; Jonathan Woodson Comments

The Defense Health Agency has assumed responsibility for Tricare, pharmacy benefits, medical information technology and other military-related health programs, Military Times reported Tuesday. Patricia Kime writes the Pentagon started the new agency as part of a reorganization aimed to streamline operations and eliminate duplicative services. Jonathan Woodson, assistant defense secretary …

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