The Joint Staff warns in a critical assessment of the last decade of war that the Pentagon must craft a strategy for intelligence gathering and pursue major improvements in interagency coordination to avoid repeating mistakes made since the 9/11 attacks, according to a copy of the 40-page "for official use only" draft report obtained by Inside the Pentagon.
Department has launched a mobility capabilities assessment of whether the
Pentagon's planned cargo aircraft and cargo ship inventories are sufficient to
execute the Obama administration's new defense strategy through 2018, an
undertaking that could spell changes to the military's transportation fleet.1370 words
A key Defense Department panel has approved a new concept for military cyberspace operations in the 2020s, setting the stage for the Joint Requirements Oversight Council and the military's top officer to finalize the document, which could steer major decisions on doctrine and resources.
The Army is preparing to deploy the final wave of a business system designed to manage billions of dollars in its general ledger and is poised to begin related efforts to assess audit preparedness at nine locations, according to Army officials.
Department inspector general last month launched an audit of the Marine Corps'
general fund statement of budgetary resources for fiscal years 2011 and 2012,
according to a May 14 DOD IG memo sent by Lorin Venable, acting assistant
inspector general for DOD payments and accounting operations, to the DOD
comptroller, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service director and the naval
IG. The audit aims to determine whether the information "taken as a whole, is
presented fairly, in all material respects, and in conformity with" generally
accepted U.S. accounting principles, the memo states. The audit will also
review internal controls, the memo adds.104 words
Senate authorizers are supporting the Defense Contract Audit Agency's call for greater access to defense contractors' internal audit reports and supporting materials.
concern about the base realignment and closure process, Senate authorizers want
the Government Accountability Office to review the systems and processes used
by the Pentagon to determine which bases or facilities constitute "excess
capacity." 547 words
Senate authorizers have rejected a Pentagon request to repeal legislation requiring the use of only fixed-price contracts for the rapid acquisition of urgent needs, setting up a conference issue with the House.
Senate authorizers are pressing the Pentagon to make cuts in electronic warfare, unmanned aircraft systems and other areas of duplication identified earlier this year by the Government Accountability Office.
Senate authorizers want the defense secretary to provide annual reports on the Pentagon's progress on research and development to integrate unmanned drones into the national airspace and related funding needs.
that high-speed weapon and platform technologies could help counter major
anti-access and area-denial challenges, a Senate panel wants the Pentagon to
assess its "dated" hypersonic test and evaluation facilities and ensure that
its workforce is developed and sustained.663 words
The Air Force
is rolling out early plans for a high-priority new capability called the High
Speed Strike Weapon, an air-breathing, hypersonic precision round intended to
improve the effectiveness of fifth-generation aircraft against anti-access,
area-denial capabilities.937 words
The Army has
asked Pentagon leaders to approve a third early production run of the MQ-1C
Gray Eagle, a stopgap measure that aims to keep the aircraft manufacturing line
going in the wake of testing delays for the service's high-end unmanned air
vehicle program, according to Defense Department sources.511 words
Defense Department is underfunding developmental test and evaluation
activities, Senate authorizers have proposed adding $5 million to the
Pentagon's $15.1 million request for this arena.404 words
Citing the growing role of cyber activities and the current lack of centralized management, Senate authorizers are pressing the Pentagon to explain which Defense Department entity will have oversight of cyber testing and evaluation.
Citing poor fiscal performance, the Senate Armed Services Committee has proposed cutting $100 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's $2.8 billion budget request, according to the panel's fiscal year 2013 defense authorization bill.
Armed Services Committee opposes Air Force plans to close the Operationally
Responsive Space office, recommending instead that more money be directed to
fund ORS activities.757 words
House Office of Management and Budget is exempting the Pentagon from recent
guidance requiring all executive branch agencies and departments to trim fiscal
year 2014 budget plans by 5 percent, according to a government spokesman.372 words
The Army's Intelligence and Security Command has been tasked with leading the intelligence community in advancing the fusion of multisource intelligence in an emerging cloud-computing infrastructure, the service's new deputy chief of staff for intelligence said last week.