House panel to take shot at fixing long-standing problems.
Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander tells lawmakers that the organization ”will not militarize cyberspace.” He also details how the Cyber Command will help DHS protect .gov and .com networks. Senate Armed Services Members say Alexander is well-qualified to lead the command.
The virtual fence, better known as SBInet, was originally proposed by the Bush Administration to monitor the southern U.S. border with Mexico. But now, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are quickly losing patience with a project that has had a troubled history, while hemorrhaging hundreds of millions of dollars in costs.
The Defense Department’s shrinking industrial base is a major roadblock to achieving significant savings over the next three years. In a hearing Tuesday, members of the Senate Armed Services Committee heard DoD’s rationale for plans to save $100 billion over the next three years. Federal New Radio’s Jason Miller brings the latest on DoD’s plans from Capitaol Hill.
Some Senate Armed Services Committee members are unhappy with the Pentagon’s lack of transparency and inclusion in the decision to close the base. Defense Deputy Secretary Lynn said the Pentagon held almost 30 meetings before concluding that JFCOM needed to be closed. Lynn also offers insight into future of DoD CIO and BTA.
The Pentagon’s decision to close Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., remains its biggest hot spot in its effort to save $100 billion over the next three years.
The general overseeing the Air Force’s investigation into a November incident that sent competitors’ data to rival bidders said Thursday that she was pleased with the companies’ handling of the situation. The Pentagon remains convinced that the accidental disclosure will not affect the outcome of the $35 billion acquisition.
A new bill would require that companies tracking consumer data seek permission before sharing information about a person with other companies.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has introduced legislation in the Senate to overhaul the struggling Postal Service. It mirrors the GOP plan approved by a House subcommittee Wednesday. It would let an independent watchdog to seize control of the agency’s finances if it were more than 30 days late in paying its bills.
Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) have asked the Defense Department to review its ANC contracts and to provide detailed reports on all contracts more than $20 million that went to small businesses in the last five years.