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CIO Gives DOD Components Cloud Acquisition Powers As Amazon Is Evaluated

DefenseAlert, Dec. 18, 2014 -- Defense Department components may now directly acquire cloud services instead of having to procure them through the Defense Information Systems Agency, according to a new Pentagon memo.
DOCUMENT: DOD CIO Memo On Cloud Services
DOCUMENT: DOD's Enterprise Software Initiative Presentation On Amazon Web Services (FOUO)

New DOD IG Report Details How JIEDDO Improperly Gathered Intel On U.S. Companies

DefenseAlert, Dec. 18, 2014 -- The Pentagon's Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization improperly gathered intelligence on U.S. companies and citizens, according to a Defense Department inspector general's report made public Thursday.
DOCUMENT: Redacted DOD IG Report On JIEDDO's Improper Intel Collection

CBO: New Aircraft Carriers Poised To Breach Mandatory Cost Caps By $1.7B

DefenseAlert, Dec. 18, 2014 -- Congressional auditors estimate the first two ships of the Ford-class aircraft carrier program built by Huntington Ingalls Industries will exceed statutory cost caps by $1.7 billion, raising the prospect that lawmakers may have to loosen restraints designed to reign in the price tags of the Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) and the John F. Kennedy (CVN-79).
DOCUMENT: CBO Report On The Navy's FY-15 Shipbuilding Plan

Airbus Group CEO Focuses On Core Markets, Promises Increased U.S. Investment

DefenseAlert, Dec. 18, 2014 -- Airbus Group's U.S. business has slimmed down for tighter budgets, rebranded and is now prepared to make greater investments in the defense market, the company's chief executive said this week.

Defense Budget Alert

  • Congress Backs New OCO Funds To Support U.S. Allies In Middle East, Europe

    Congress has agreed to provide the Defense Department with $64 billion in overseas contingency operations funding for fiscal year 2015, supporting several accounts inside the OCO budget aimed at equipping allies to fight Islamic extremists in the Middle East and reassuring partners against Russian expansionism in Eastern Europe.

  • DOD Ended FY-14 With $105.7B In Prior-Year Unobligated Balances

    The Defense Department ended fiscal year 2014 with a total of $105.7 billion in unobligated funds from prior years, according to new Pentagon figures. The final total is 26 percent more than the White House Office of Management and Budget forecast in March.

  • FY-14 4th-Quarter Unobligated Balances in Unexpired Accounts Report

    In late October 2014, the Pentagon, White House Office of Management and Budget and the Treasury Department issued an annual, end-of-fiscal-year spending analysis titled the "FY 2014 4th Quarter Unobligated Balances in Unexpired Accounts for Executive Branch Agencies Reported on SF 133s."

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C4ISR Watch

  • Pentagon Resists Automatic JROC Consideration Of Ground-Radar Buys

    The Defense Department says automatic consideration of future ground radar acquisitions by a high-level joint oversight panel is unnecessary, despite government auditors' suggestions that "potentially duplicative" systems were allowed to proliferate in the services.

  • GAO Report On Ground Radars

    In a Dec. 19, 2014, report, the Government Accountability Office examines the performance requirements of three ground radars: The Army's AN/TPQ-53 Counterfire Target Acquisition System, the Air Force's Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR) and the Marine Corps' AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) in its various iterations.

  • Army Unsurprised By Congressional Cuts To Network Integration Drill

    The Army is working to redefine its two planned Network Integration Evaluations in 2015, thanks to a nearly 20 percent cut from the requested $105 million for the biannual event, according to an Army official.

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