DoD budget

  • JFCOM rebranding, downsizing, but not closing

    A memorandum signed by the president Thursday night gives DoD the green light to formally shut down the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said about half the command’s functions will stay in the Norfolk area, while Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner’s office said JFCOM would be revamped and renamed.

  • JFCOM closure timeline begins to take shape

    Gen. Ray Odierno, the current commander of Joint Forces Command, said the organization will likely cease to exist within the next year. He will finish an implementation plan to shut the command down and transfer its remaining functions within the next 45 days.

  • Navy takes aim at software, server spending

    The Navy has set initial target dates to plan for a more efficient IT infrastructure, including data center consolidation, virtualization and enterprise software licensing. As a first step, the service says it needs to get a better handle on how many software licenses it actually owns.

  • HASC to examine DoD efficiency push

    The House Armed Services Committee held its first meeting of the 112th Congress on Thursday, approving new rules, an oversight plan, and announcing the leaders and members of subcommittees. Committee Chairman Buck McKeon said the panel will hold its first oversight hearing next week.

  • Army puts brakes on insourcing

    A directive signed this week by the secretary of the Army requires high-level review and analysis of any proposal to insource contracting functions. Outside groups have accused DoD of insourcing workers based on arbitrary quotas.

  • Most JFCOM layoffs will be contractors

    Gen. Ray Odierno, the commander of the soon to be shuttered Joint Forces Command said Wednesday that the vast majority of jobs lost in JFCOM’s closure would be contracted positions. Most of the command’s civilian and uniformed billets will be moved into a newly-created two-star command or transferred to individual military services.

  • CR may turn into crisis for Defense, Gates says

    Continuing to operate at 2010 funding levels under a continuing resolution would be a crisis for the military, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday. He made the remarks at a briefing detailing DoD’s proposed budget for 2012.

  • Defense budget: a look inside the numbers

    With all the cuts, can the Defense Department meet the mission, and which contractors will be feeling the bite? We ask defense contracting expert, Jim McAleese.

  • DoD’s impending crisis a myth, critics say

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said repeatedly over recent weeks that operating the Defense Department under 2010 funding levels represented a ”crisis on my doorstep.” Several Defense spending critics said the assessment was overblown.

  • DoD on path to obtain clean books by 2017

    The Defense Department’s deputy chief financial officer said Friday that the department believes it will achieve the 2017 deadline to produce auditable financial statements. DoD is approaching the problem in way that makes clear that clean books are not only the responsibility of its accountants, he said.