The Department of Defense (DoD) is a department of the federal government and has three main components: The departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force. The DoD is housed in the Pentagon building. The department's roles and limits are contained in Title 10 of the US Code. This section of the law has five components: Subtitle A refers to General Military Law, Subtitle B to the Army, Subtitle C to the Navy and the Marine Corps, Subtitle D to the Air Force and Subtitle E to Military Reserves. Important agencies within the DoD include the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), National Security Agency (NSA), the Missile Defense Agency, and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). The DoD receives the largest portion of each year's federal discretionary spending budget. 



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DoD says it has met health record interoperability goals

Defense Department officials announced during a Nov. 19 press briefing that the department's electronic health record is now interoperable with the system used by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

OPM, DHS, OMB officials back out of closed-door meeting with House committee

In a "last minute decision," representatives from OPM, DHS and OMB backed out of the classified briefing with the House Armed Services Committee that was scheduled for 10 a.m. yesterday morning, said the committee.

Public prefers military use of remotely operated weapons over autonomous ones, finds report

More than 70 percent of people indicated they would rather their country use remotely operated weapon systems instead of lethal autonomous weapons systems when waging war, according to a recently published international study commissioned by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Cold War military tactics need update for cyber battlefields, expert says

Facing constant threats to cyber infrastructure and data breaches at the highest levels of government, it's no secret that the federal government views cyberspace as the next big field of conflict. Experts often draw parallels between cyber warfare and traditional operations, but some believe that certain age-old tactics need to be revamped for the 21 st  century.

Dangerous criminals could have entered Navy bases due to insufficient vetting systems, DoD IG says

The Navy has failed to fully implement recommended vetting systems at its installations, according to a new report.

NASA, FCC, USDA lean on open source to propel IoT forward, DoD less so

As the sensors and connected technologies that make up the Internet of Things find a home in the federal government, many agencies believe the adoption of open source technology will ensure that innovation isn't happening in silos.

DoD moving $3.5B in IT systems to vacate spectrum, says Wheeler

To support the federal government's recent spectrum auction to the private sector, the Defense Department is shifting its technology to operate in new radio frequency bands.

DISA's changed cloud broker role 1 year later

Nearly one year ago, Defense Department Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen signed a memorandum that allowed the military services to handle their own acquisition of commercial cloud computing technology rather than requiring the Defense Information Systems Agency to serve as middleman.

Federal government trails state, local and city in IoT adoption, says IDC

State, local and city governments are more mature adopters of Internet of Things technology than the federal government, according to a new report from market research firm IDC Government Insights.

DISA zeroing in on virtualization

Virtualization will be a major focus of the Defense Information Systems Agency moving forward, said Alfred Rivera, director of DISA's development and business center.