Cyber

DOD must shift to technological construct despite budget woes

The Defense Department must keep up with technology to compete on the battlefield, even amid budgetary uncertainty, said Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in the opening keynote address at the FOSE conference in Washington, D.C., July 19.

IT Infrastructure

Army modernization plan calls for adaptable, balanced force

With its 2012 Modernization Plan, the Army is taking a close look at how it will use its fiscal 2012 budget to achieve its most critical goals and re-balance the force.

IT Infrastructure

Army CIO outlines AKO phase out

The Army CIO proposes to gradually decrease funding for the service's multipurpose online portal over the next five years.

Cyber

Senate slashes $6B from defense spending bill

The Senate Armed Services Committee is calling for $6.4 billion in defense spending cuts as it pushes forward its proposed DOD authorization for full Senate consideration.

$690B 2012 defense budget clears House

The House has passed a budget with nearly $700 billion for defense in fiscal 2012, but the bill isn't out of the woods yet.

IT Infrastructure

Army enterprise e-mail faces sharp funding dropoff

A House subcommittee hesitates to fund e-mail migration until the Army shows its homework.

Connected Warrior

House works to halt potential closure of Army research center

The U.S. House Armed Services Committee is concerned that a shutdown of the Army's Research, Development and Engineering Command would undermine contributions of the science and technology community.

IT Infrastructure

When it comes to enterprise IT, change remains hard

The Defense Department's quest for enterprise IT modernization has reached fever pitch with the budget chaos. But how much progress is actually being made?

All programs face more budget scrutiny, weapons czar says

As DOD seeks to reduce spending, the Pentagon's top acquisition official says that cutting big-ticket weapons programs won't be enough to generate serious savings.

Coast Guard's elevated acquisition budget intensifies challenges

The Coast Guard acquisition unit might be setting itself up for disappointment because of its unrealistic forecast of a jump in available procurement dollars, a GAO official testified.

Obama's austere budget calls for deeper cuts to defense

Defense spending will face significant squeezing just like the rest of the federal government, according to President Obama, but DOD officials question where to make further cuts.

DOD acquisition chief recognizes setbacks, notes progress

DOD's acquisition chief outlines progress and challenges while facing questions on contracting practices.

IT Infrastructure

Fight brewing over DOD budget cuts

The U.S. public overwhelmingly wants defense cuts, but the Defense Department says that's dangerous.

IT Infrastructure

DOD to slash senior-level civilian positions

The Defense Department is in the process of cutting 209 civilian senior executive positions, with 126 to be eliminated and 83 downgraded.

Connected Warrior

$4.5B budget cut won't keep Air Force from new ventures in 2012

Although the Air Force's budget is smaller for fiscal 2012, savings gained through efficiency measures will be applied to readiness and modernization, official says.

Connected Warrior

Army budget targets force readiness

Army's proposed budget emphasizes force maintenance and modernization.

DOD budget focuses on future conflict needs

The Defense Department's proposed $553 billion budget for fiscal 2012 marks a modest increase.

Joint Forces commander details plans for closure

Contractor jobs, as well as military and civilian government roles, will be cut as a new, leaner organization focuses on training and education, Army Gen. Ray Odierno, commander of Joint Forces Command, says.

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