National Guard officials say dozens of people have been punished over a scandal that forced thousands of soldiers to have to repay their enlisted bonuses. But only one has been sent to jail. Congress held its first oversight hearing on the issue yesterday.
The Defense Department has taken a lot of heat in recent years from industry critics who charge its procurement officials have been putting too much weight on low prices and not enough on quality.
Reports about the job security of NSA director Adm. Mike Rogers has several members of Congress up in arms.
The Defense Department recently deployed systems to let banks and other lenders instantly check potential borrowers’ military status at the same time as they’re checking their credit record.
The Army is going through a drawdown, which means lots of officers are finding themselves without jobs. Some of them are talented soldiers with advanced degrees — the very type of people Defense Secretary Ash Carter wants for the future military.
The Pentagon says its new Silicon Valley-based technology outreach office is seeing some early successes in rapid acquisition. It handled its first dozen procurements in an average time of 60 days. But most of the money it spent went to established companies, not garage-style startups.
For the better part of 15 years, the Army has canceled and otherwise dis-invested in new technologies and capabilities. That means its soldiers work with old equipment and capabilities increasingly matched by potential adversaries.
The crucial partnership on military basics between the Defense Department and Congress is badly frayed, and the military will be the worse for it.
The Air Force says it’s ready to start training at least some of its enlisted members to fly aircraft. Classes are set to begin next month, and the graduates would be the first enlisted pilots in the Air Force’s 69-year history.
The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee lashes out at the Obama Administration — accusing officials of failing to consult with Congress on important cyber defense topics. John McCain says the administration has failed to deliver a strategy on deterring hackers.
The Pentagon’s acting inspector general tells Congress budget shortfalls are to blame for delays in investigating whistleblower reprisal claims. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports on Pentagon Solutions that the investigations took an average of about 300 days last year — much longer than the guidelines in federal law.
Scott Airforce Base in Illinois is home to the Global Operations Command of the Defense Information Systems Agency, 164,000 square feet devoted to cybersecurity.
For nearly 10 years, the Defense Information Systems Agency has been working to provide secure cloud computing to DoD agencies. DISA now helps agencies use commercial providers in a secure way.
The DoD inspector general looked at 56 Army contracts awarded by five Army contracting shops to see whether the Army was consistent in evaluating past performance.
A new bill in the House would take a novel approach to increasing the numbers of women and minorities in high ranking positions in the Defense Department, both uniformed and civilian. It would use grants to fund organizations devoted to leadership development and mentoring.