Tag Archives: U.S. Army

Pentagon Audit Finds Army Improperly Tested Body Armor

The Army improperly tested new bullet-blocking plates for body armor and cannot determine if 5 million pieces of the equipment meet standards, a Defense Department audit found. According to the AP, the Pentagon’s inspector general focused on seven Army contracts for the plates, awarded between 2004 and 2006. The total …

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Army Announces Restructuring Commission

A new Army restructuring commission has been charged with finding ways to make the Army more agile and cost-effective, Army Secretary John McHugh said Monday. The Institutional Army Transformation Commission will build on the work of an earlier short-term task force that examined the Army’s organizations and business practices. The …

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Army Task Force to Push Renewable Energy

The Army’s goal is to get 25 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2025, Army Secretary John McHugh said Wednesday. AFPS reports McHugh announced by mid-September, a new task force will stand up to help take the Army’s energy initiatives forward. The Energy Initiatives Office Task Force will …

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Army to Shorten Most Tours of Duty

The Army announced Friday it will shorten the length of tours of duty for most troops from one year to nine months. The Army said the change will go into effect Jan. 1 and be fully implemented by April 1. The new deployment policy will allow soldiers more time at …

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Army Cutting Civilian Workers

The Army announced Thursday it plans to cut 8,741 civilian jobs by Oct. 2012, helping to meet former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ mandated efficiency initiatives. Federal Times reports the Army will lose $834 in operations and maintenance funding as part of the cuts. The cuts amount to nearly 3 percent …

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Service Members Arm Themselves against ID Theft

They’ve dodged bullets and bombs in some of the most dangerous corners of the globe, but now the Defense Department says U.S. service members should be on the lookout for a different type of threat: identity theft. DoD is partnering with the Federal Trade Commission on its “Deter, Detect and …

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Social Media Reshape Military Life

In a move signaling the pervasiveness of social media, the Department of Defense has recently allowed service members to use social-networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter at work. While DoD monitors individuals’ use, it is also using them to ensure consistency in organizations’ online footprint. The new policy requires …

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Army Continues Biggest Transformation Since WWII

The Army is continuing the most fundamental series of changes it has seen since World War II, Gen. George W. Casey Jr. told  the Defense Writers Group yesterday. “We are moving to put the whole Army on a rotational model, much like the Navy and Marine Corps have been on …

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