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NIST Recommends Tightened DoD Contractor Security

Posted by Barry Rosenberg on


An interconnected ecosystem of primes, subs, suppliers, and partners mean one weak link can bring down the entire chain.

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As Pentagon Demands Cybersecurity, Industry Group Offers New Standards: AIA

Posted by Paul McLeary on


As the DoD prepares to make cyber security a key pillar for what it buys — and from whom — a defense and aerospace trade group unveils a new standard that will allow companies, and the government, to see how secure contractors really are.

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DoD AUDIT: Air Force Finds Mystery Motors, Other Highlights

Posted by Paul McLeary on


After waiting almost three decades to audit itself, the Pentagon still failed miserably in its first attempt. Despite top officials brushing the failure off an an expected learning experience, real questions remain over whether it can fix itself.

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Pentagon Fails 1st Audit, Space Force Price Plunges: DepSecDef Shanahan

Posted by Colin Clark on


“We failed the audit. We never expected to pass it,” Pat Shanahan said. But at least the Space Force will cost less than half of the Air Force’s estimate.

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The Pentagon’s First-Ever Audit: A Big Disappointment?

Posted by Paul McLeary on


WASHINGTON: The Pentagon is preparing to release its first-ever audit as soon as this week, making it the last federal agency to complete a top-to-bottom scrubbing of its processes, business practices and finances. The fallout is likely to be messy. While expectations have built over the years that the audit will uncover large savings and… Keep reading →

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AI Can Help Fix DoD Spending And Audits

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“I just had a general who came to my office,” said Chris Lynch, head of DoD’s internal hoodie-wearing geek squad, the Defense Digital Service. “The problem was the entire mission was being run out of Excel.”

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Bad Idea: Easy Savings from DoD Management Reform

Posted by Mark Cancian on


                We’re partnering with the Center for Strategic and International Studies to bring you their fab Bad Ideas series through the Christmas holiday season. They produced three today. This is the second. Mark Cancian, also a member of the Breaking Defense Board of Contributors, pens a fine piece… Keep reading →

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DoD Steps Forward To Credible Audits

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: For decades, critics have rightly nailed the Pentagon for the fact it doesn’t know how much money it’s spending or where that money really goes. Pressure has grown and grown for the Pentagon to prove it is worthy of the money taxpayers grant it by producing books an accountant can comb through and produce a… Keep reading →

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Pentagon ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ It Will Balance Books by 2017…

Posted by Colin Clark on


Washington: Sometimes the Pentagon is just too easy to make fun of. While it is filled with Americans good and true who work their rear ends off to help keep us safe, it also has very little idea where the hundreds of billions that it gets from Congress is going. “I’m cautiously optimistic [they can… Keep reading →

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