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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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Defense Budget Woes Leave Few Good Options Left, Experts Say

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has let his voice be heard: Congress’ lollygagging on passing a defense appropriations bill and the threat of a fiscal-year-long continuing resolution is the “crisis on my doorstep,” he said last week. Now, defense analysts are chiming in with their concerns. A senior Navy official …

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House Armed Services Committee to Take up DoD Efficiencies

The new chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) isn’t wasting any time in exerting his oversight responsibilities. Following a number of housekeeping procedures last week, the committee will begin oversight hearings this week on the Defense Department efficiencies championed by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, …

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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’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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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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