Tag Archives: Pentagon

Not Every Defense Dollar ‘Sacred’: Gates Announces $78B in Cuts, End to Marine Vehicle

Defense Secretary Robert Gates briefed lawmakers Thursday about proposed cuts to military spending before publicly announcing cuts to weapons programs, according to various media reports. At a Pentagon briefing, Gates announced the cancellation of the Marine amphibious vehicle Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle. Gates said the need for the EFV can be …

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DoD Predictions for 2011

Most of the big issues facing the Defense Department in 2011 can be boiled down to one word: budget. A duo of defense experts talked to DoDBuzz about what to look for on the defense horizon for 2011 and mostly agreed that 2010 economic uncertainty and the political grandstanding surrounding …

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DoD Scales Back Conflict-of-interest Rules

The Defense Department is scaling back a tough, new conflict-of-interest rule for some contracts, including those for IT and professional services. According to a final rule, published in the Federal Register, only major weapons systems contracts and systems engineering and technical assistance will be subject to stricter standards. Those new …

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Cloud Coming to DoD?

Amid all the drama surrounding government funding, omnibus spending bills and continuing resolutions and, of course, the holidays last week, you might have missed the cybersecurity provisions that rounded out the lame duck session of Congress. Nextgov reports one of the measures included in the Defense Authorization Act was a …

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DoD’s Acquisition Chief Carter Stays Put

Harvard was calling his name, but the Defense Department’s acquisition chief Ashton Carter isn’t going anywhere soon. In an interview with Aviation Week, Carter, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said he would resign his tenured position with Harvard University to stay on at his DoD post. …

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The Top Defense Stories of 2010

When defense-policy website DoDBuzz sought to put together a year-end retrospective of defense and acquisition news, the theme that quickly emerged was “declining budgets.” But, aside from the moribund fiscal situation, which will certainly rank at the top of many end-of-the-year lists, the past 12 months have also featured a …

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$78B Shortfall in DoD’s Five-Year Budget?

The Office of Management and Budget is directing the Defense Department to trim $78 billion from its budget over the next five years, according to a report on Defense News. The first cut will be $12 billion stripped from DoD’s 2012 budget. Beyond that, it’s not entirely certain how the …

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Gates Named MTV College Network’s ‘Man of the Year’

What do Defense Secretary Robert Gates and hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj have in common? More than you might think. Gates was named the MTV college network’s first-ever Man of the Year, beating out pop stars and hip-hop powerhouses for the honor, which recognized the secretary as a “true role model.” …

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