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Defense Budget Alert

July 22, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department's acquisition office wants to develop an online toolkit to help streamline the acquisition process for warfighters in the field and to quickly and efficiently get them the items they need.

July 22, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

A top defense acquisition official told Congress last week the Pentagon intends to increase competition in contracts and provide efficiency incentives to industry as part of its developing strategy to dramatically cut overhead costs.

July 22, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department lacks the information and guidance needed to manage and reduce operating and support costs for major weapon systems, according to a report released this week by the Government Accountability Office.

July 15, 2010 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Robert Gates' big push for efficiencies is "not a budget drill," but instead is about "turning fat into muscle," Pentagon industrial policy chief Brett Lambert told defense industry representatives today at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

July 15, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's No. 2 acquisition official, is slated to chair a meeting next week on dozens of major procurement programs, including troubled efforts to counter missiles and mines that threaten Army helicopters and Navy ships.

July 15, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The reconfiguration of the Pentagon's cost assessment office has presented several significant challenges, including a large backlog of certifications for major defense acquisition programs and a staff ill-equipped to deal with new requirements, according to documents and officials.

July 15, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has signed classified guidance for the fiscal year 2012 budget process after trimming out mandates he deemed excessive.