Tag Archives: Robert M. Gates

Mullen: Odierno ‘Right Leader’ for JFCOM

In a ceremony marking Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno’s assumption of command of the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff praised the new leader who will lead JFCOM into its uncertain future. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, …

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DoD Puts Spotlight on CIO Award Winners

Following a high-profile pick for a new chief information officer at the Defense Department earlier this week, DoD officials named this year’s winners of the DoD Chief Information Officer awards. At a Pentagon ceremony Oct. 28, Deputy Chief Management Officer David Wennergren, who works in the office of the deputy …

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New Marine Commandant Provides Glimpse into Corps’ Future

At a passage-of-command ceremony Oct. 22, Gen. James Amos was elevated to the post of Marine Commandant – the 35th to hold the position, and the first-ever naval aviator to assume it, National Defense Magazine reports. At the ceremony, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates challenged the new commandant and the …

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DoD Picks CIO with Reformer Reputation

The Defense Department announced a new pick for chief information officer to lead DoD in a new direction following months of IT reorganization. Teri Takai, who previously served as the CIO of California, was originally nominated for her post in March. However, in September, her nomination was withdrawn because of …

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Gates Talks NATO Changes

When NATO meets next month in Lisbon, Portugal, members will consider the strategic concept of the organization itself, with an eye to making the alliance, born out of the security needs of the Cold War following World War II, more efficient for the 21st century. The last time the strategic …

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Efficiencies Necessary as Pentagon Transitions, Lynn Says

Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III again voiced his support for Pentagon budget cuts and reorganizations, as the Defense Department enters what he called a significant period of transition. Lynn said it was the fifth such transition, or as he called it, “inflection point,” for the Pentagon. The last …

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Defense Secretary Gates Details Plan to Slash Costs, Boost Efficiency

Department of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates earlier this week outlined 23 changes for how DoD contracts goods and services aimed at boosting efficiency and productivity in defense spending. The strategy is part of Gates’ efficiencies initiative created to save the department $100 billion over the next five years. “We …

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Pentagon Looks to Renew Military Ties with China

During an economic delegation visit to Beijing, Chinese officials suggested they were interested in resuming military talks with the United States. A meeting is planned between President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao in early 2011, “so we very much would like to make progress before the end of …

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Gates Calls for Peacetime Pentagon Reform

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is campaigning to keep federal funds flowing as the United States begins to withdraw military forces from Iraq and eventually, Afghanistan. Gates is concerned that, like in other times in U.S. history, wars ending will lead to a “peace dividend.” Addressing the American Legion in …

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DoD’s Social Media Guru Price Floyd Leaves Pentagon

The Department of Defense’s first-ever director of media affairs and social media czar has left the Pentagon, Wired reports. Price B. Floyd, who is also an adjunct professor at The George Washington University, was tapped last year by DoD Secretary Robert M. Gates to improve the way the department communicates …

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