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Gates: Ruffling Feathers ‘Part of Leadership’

“It is not at all unusual to hear the Pentagon being criticized for its bloat, bureaucracy and spending binges,” CBS news program 60 Minutes began its report on soon-to-retire Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. But what makes this particular criticism so insightful and hard-hitting is that it comes from the …

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Carter: Continuing Resolutions ‘Miserably Inefficient’ for Pentagon

“Efficiency” has been the buzzword circulating throughout the Defense Department ever since Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates introduced his cost-savings plan in August designed to repurpose funding within the department. But Congress’ inaction on 2011 spending bills and the resulting continuing resolutions are “miserably inefficient” for the Pentagon, said Undersecretary …

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ExecutiveGov’s Need-to-Reads

ExecutiveGov’s round-up of news you need to read to stay up to speed on federal policy impacting the government-contracting community. Wrap-up of Gen. Alexander’s Cybercom Hearings Cyber news and analysis website (and ExecutiveGov sister site) The New New Internet has an interesting wrap-up of NSA Director and U.S. Cyber Command …

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DoD CIO Teri Takai Says Pentagon Shoring Up Weak Links Post-WikiLeaks

Step one for the Defense Department in the wake of the WikiLeaks disclosures, which saw sensitive defense intelligence splashed across newspapers worldwide, was a top-down review of the security chain and an identification of its weakest links. That was the message the department’s new Chief Information Officer Teri Takai took …

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3 Things You Should Know about the Intelligence Budget

The budget for the nation’s myriad of intelligence activities is bucking the historical trend in three important ways. First, unlike overall defense spending, which is expected to flat-line or decline in the coming years, the intelligence budget, which has doubled in the past 10 years, is growing and will likely …

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Defense Officials OK with 2012 Budget

The 2011 budget (or lack thereof) stole the show at a Defense Department news conference Monday about the just-released 2012 budget. Robert Hale, DoD’s comptroller, made dire predictions about the lack of an official budget and said the hard choices the Pentagon would have to make in reduced spending was …

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DoD to ‘Boost’ Space Spending?

One of the biggest stories to come blasting out of the defense budget, which will be released next week, could be the increases in Defense Department spending on space and rocket programs, The Wall Street Journal reported. That’s because despite the uncertain economic climate and the vigilance of deficit hawks, …

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