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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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Donald Trump Needs A ‘Bigger Stick,’ So Up Defense $: Thornberry

Posted by Richard Whittle on


WASHINGTON: The odds keep getting better that Donald Trump will ask for a big boost to defense spending in a supplemental request soon after his inauguration. But who gets how much for what? That raises a whole host of unanswered questions, experts and policymakers made clear today at the Center for Strategic & International Studies.… Keep reading →

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DISA’s Strategy For Cross-DOD Networks Faces Mounting Budget Pressures

Posted by Henry Kenyon on


This year, the Defense Information Systems Agency has ambitious plans to streamline and speed up how military personnel access applications and services on the Defense Department’s computer networks. These efforts include launching a new pan-service user environment, making enterprise services easier to use and access, increasing the offerings and capabilities of cloud based systems, and… Keep reading →

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DOD, Microsoft Agree To Landmark Enterprise Licensing Deal

Posted by Henry Kenyon on


The Defense Department has awarded a first of its kind joint enterprise licensing agreement for Microsoft collaboration, mobility, productivity and security tools. Valued at $617 million, the three-year agreement will allow the Army, Air Force and the Defense Information Systems Agency to begin using the latest versions of the company’s products. The agreement creates a… Keep reading →

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DoD To Adopt Dutch Public Key System To Support Foreign Military Sales

Posted by Henry Kenyon on


The Defense Department is planning to accept a European-developed identification standard that will allow allied military personnel and contractors to access secure military networks under specific circumstances. Multinational access considerations are part of a draft memo from DOD chief information officer Teresa Takai, said Paul Grant, director of cybersecurity policy in the DOD CIO’s office.… Keep reading →

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DoD Strategy Document Highlights Mobile Adoption Challenges

Posted by Wyatt Kash on


The Defense Department’s release of a new mobile device strategy late last week provides a revealing snapshot of how much work lies ahead for Defense officials in rationalizing the rapid adoption of smartphones, tablets, and mobile devices across the Department. It also highlights the urgent challenge to secure the use of those devices on Defense… Keep reading →

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DoD Wrestles With Drawdown Changes In Iraq

Posted by Carlo Munoz on


Washington: Iraqi hand wringing on whether to keep American troops in country could force U.S. military commanders to take on the difficult task of readjusting the massive wave of men and materiel currently flowing out of Iraq. American forces have already “stepped over” nearly 60 percent of DOD weapons and equipment to Iraqi security forces,… Keep reading →

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DoD Toughens Rules For Combat Contractors

Posted by Carlo Munoz on


Washington: The rules have changed for the hired guns who work on the Defense Department’s payroll. The rules governing private security contracting firms working in war zones will now cover contractors working in all U.S.-led missions overseas, including humanitarian, peacekeeping or “other military operations” where DoD has boots on the ground, according to an Aug.… Keep reading →

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Northrop Fixes Major Flaws In Navy Drone

Posted by Carlo Munoz on


Washington: The Navy has fixed the fatal flaws that put the future of its newest unmanned drone in jeopardy, and is now on track to get the aircraft into final testing by the end of this year. The FireScout unmanned aerial vehicle earned a scathing review by DoD’s test and evaluation shop during 2009 test… Keep reading →

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DoD Flies Blind In Cyber Spending: GAO

Posted by Carlo Munoz on


Washington: The Defense Department’s highly-anticipated cyberwarfare strategy is finally in place. All the Pentagon has to do now is figure out how to pay for it. That won’t be easy because DoD and the services are flying blind as they race to put dollars behind the department’s new strategy, according to a new Government Accountability… Keep reading →

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