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)
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
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
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.
- Air Force Shortening Baseline Reaper's Takeoff Distance, Boosting Range And Payload
- United Kingdom Wants To Collaborate On Defense Innovation Initiative
- Bogdan: Australia, Japan Selected To Host Pacific Region Sustainment
- Coast Guard Successfully Demos Fire Scout, Navy Will Launch MQ-8C Radar Competition
- State Starting Small On New Nuclear Disarmament Partnership
Defense Budget Alert
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Homeland Defense Watch
The U.S. government may invoke special national-security authorities to ensure enough personal protective equipment can be purchased to deal with a domestic Ebola crisis, according to a Federal Emergency Management Agency official.
U.S. Northern Command and the federal government have yet to hammer out the details of who is authorized to deal with some types of malware in the event of a cyber attack on the United States, according to NORTHCOM's commander.
The July 17, 2014, Government Accountability Office report finds that a February 2014 Defense Department report to Congress "provides limited insight on improvements to homeland missile defense and acquisition plans."
- Navy Instruction On Oceanography Policy
- DOD IG's Semiannual Report To Congress
- DOD Instruction On Handling IG, GAO Reports
- DOD IG Report On Afghan Army's Logistics Sustainment Capability
- DSCA Statement On Proposed Abrams Tank Sale To Iraq
Inside the Navy
- Readiness Subcommittee Chair Critical Of Navy's Small Surface Combatant
- CBO: New Carriers Poised To Breach Mandatory Cost Caps By $1.7B
Inside the Army
- No 'Silver Bullet' At End Of Pentagon's Offset Strategy, Army Futurist Warns
- Army Moves To Rush New Cyber Capabilities Into Service Faster
Inside Missile Defense
- Leidos Could Clinch Key Deal For NATO Missile-Shield Work
- Legislators Request 'Robust' Acquisition Plan For Redesigned Kill Vehicle
Inside the Pentagon
- DOD Begins Major Planning, Programming, Budgeting And Execution 'Reset'
- Congress Backs New OCO Funds To Support U.S. Allies In Middle East, Europe
Inside the Air Force
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