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September 14, 2010 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter today released new guidance for boosting the department's buying power by making affordability a requirement for weapon systems, seeking to eliminate redundant defense programs and taking various other steps.

September 14, 2010 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: This story has been updated to correct the total amount of fiscal year 2011 defense spending approved by the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee. The subcommittee originally issued an incorrect number. )

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee announced today that it would not allocate any funds for the Joint Strike Fighter alternate engine, laying the groundwork for tensions between the House and Senate over the fiscal year 2011 defense bill. The House Appropriations subcommittee allotted $450 million for the alternate engine in July.

September 13, 2010 | Daily News

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Air Force is bracing for a slate of fiscal year 2011 budget cuts that correspond with top-down Pentagon guidance, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said today.

The service has implemented fiscal guidance from Defense Secretary Robert Gates into its internal six-year investment plan, the FY-11 program objective memorandum.

September 08, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter is slated to hold a closed-door meeting next week to announce a series of measures designed to improve efficiencies and reduce contracting costs, according to an internal bulletin reviewed by Inside the Pentagon.

September 08, 2010 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter will soon identify a slate of initiatives designed to save billions within the Pentagon's procurement shop, according to a senior defense official.

The initiatives, set to be announced next month, will focus on key efficiency goals outlined by Carter earlier this summer, according to Frank Kendall, principal deputy under secretary of defense for acquisition and procurement. He spoke today during an international defense cooperation symposium in Washington.

September 02, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's procurement directorate is beginning its next annual review of its acquisition of services policy and oversight.

August 26, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The charter for the new Marine Corps force structure review, an internal document marked "for official use only," warns that budget cuts will drive reductions in the service's end strength, equipment and modernization.

August 26, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department's procurement shop is fed up with program managers routinely failing to include enough details in strategy documents for technology development and acquisition programs, according to an internal memo obtained by Inside the Pentagon.

August 25, 2010 | Daily News

The Defense Logistics Agency's plans to support Defense Secretary Robert Gates' cost-reduction initiatives include cutting "prices" by as much as 10 percent and taking additional steps to weed out suppliers of counterfeit parts that do not meet military regulations, according to senior defense officials.

DLA head Navy Vice Adm. Alan Thompson and Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale discussed the plans in an Aug. 25 conference call with reporters but did not provide specific dollar figures for projected savings.

August 19, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Shay Assad, the Pentagon's director of defense procurement and acquisition policy, is urging the armed services to follow acquisition rules when handling contracts tied to congressional earmarks.

August 19, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon claims it would be "infeasible and not advisable" to establish baselines to track and measure operating and support costs that could account for up to 70 percent of most weapon systems' life-cycle costs, according to a "for official use only" report to Congress reviewed by Inside the Pentagon.

August 19, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's acquisition directorate has canceled plans to hold a discussion this week with the defense industry about the department's ongoing efficiencies initiative.

August 18, 2010 | Daily News

The Defense Department has adjusted its $1.6 trillion portfolio of major weapon systems being developed and acquired, formally ushering in 11 new programs and completing paperwork on four major efforts whose procurement runs are complete or nearly finished.

August 13, 2010 | Daily News

A new congressional analysis of Defense Secretary Robert Gates' new efficiency initiatives -- including a bid to close U.S. Joint Forces Command and trim the ranks of government personnel and contractors -- concludes that savings from these efforts would produce "relatively small amounts" toward the defense secretary's stated goal of wringing $100 billion from the Pentagon budget over five years.

August 12, 2010 | Daily News

The Pentagon will siphon nearly $2 billion away from other accounts to execute the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program over the next five years, in accordance with changes Defense Secretary Robert Gates directed to the program in December, according to budget documents.

August 12, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Several defense agencies are scheduled to undergo independent procurement management reviews next year as the Defense Department conducts a major top-down efficiency initiative and focuses on contracting issues.

August 09, 2010 | Daily News

Over the next six to 12 months, the Obama administration plans to eliminate U.S. Joint Forces Command and major Pentagon offices that handle computer networks, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced today.

Gates told reporters he is recommending President Obama close JFCOM and assign the command's "force management and sourcing functions" to the Joint Staff. JFCOM's remaining responsibilities will be assessed and those deemed still essential to promote jointness in the military will be reassigned to other entities, he said.

July 30, 2010 | Inside the Army

A general involved in the Army's capability portfolio reviews fleshed out the process for defense industry executives at a conference last week and explained that the service might begin shortening its planning time frames and become more agile by acquiring less materiel, but more often.

July 22, 2010 | Daily News

Four key Pentagon officials warned Congress today that failing to pass a $33 billion supplemental defense budget before the scheduled August recess would result in civilian furloughs and create a financial emergency for the military.

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.

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