Tag Archives: The Department of Defense

Gates Releases Efficiencies Initiatives

In continuation of the Department of Defense’s strive toward financial efficiency, Secretary Robert M. Gates announced yesterday a series of legislative initiatives designed to reduce overhead, duplication and excess in DoD to instill a future of savings and restraint for the department. The initiatives come after Gates’ request in May …

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Panel Submits Recommendations for Changes in Defense Planning

The Independent Panel’s Assessment of the Quadrennial Defense Review submitted a report yesterday outlining recommendations for several changes in the Department of Defense’s future strategies and priorities. Former Defense Secretary William J. Perry and former National Security Adviser Stephen J. Hadley handed the report over to House Armed Services Committee …

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Gates to Strengthen Military Ties with Indonesia

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in Indonesia today to meet with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to further strengthen defense ties between the United States and Indonesia. Gates told Yudhoyono the United States’ first order of business was to establish a process of re-engagement with Kopassus, the special forces …

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Gates Arrives in South Korea to Plan Alliance Objectives

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates recently arrived in South Korea to meet with officials to lay out future objectives in strengthening the alliance between the two nations. Joined by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Gates will begin the first “2-plus-2 Talks” and will outline a series of military exercises …

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DoD to Award $227 Million in Research Grants to Academic Institutions

The Department of Defense last week announced plans to award $227 million over a five-year-period to 32 academic institutions to conduct multidisciplinary basic research. Awards are subject to the successful completion of negotiations between the academic institutions and DoD research offices that will make the awards: the Army Research Office, …

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Gates, Clinton Urge Senate to Ratify Nuclear Treaty

Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday, Department of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty strengthens the nation’s defenses and urged the Senate to ratify the pact between the United States and Russia. “This treaty reduces the strategic nuclear forces of our two …

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Possible System Transition for 168,000 DoD Employees

As many as 168,000 Department of Defense employees could be moved out of the National Security Personnel System back to the General Schedule between May and September, Federal Times reports. The DoD announced earlier this year the establishment of the National Security Personnel System Transition Office and John H. James …

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Ashton B. Carter

Ashton B. Carter serves as under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. Before assuming this position, Carter was chair of the international and global affairs faculty at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and co-director of the Preventive Defense Project, a research collaboration of Harvard and Stanford universities. Carter …

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New DoD Policy Allows Access to Social Media with Some Restrictions

The Department of Defense last week issued a new policy allowing military personnel to access social-media sites and other Web 2.0 applications from nonclassified government computers, as long as it is done safe and securely. “This directive recognizes the importance of balancing appropriate security measures while maximizing the capabilities afforded …

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