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 seeks to close predatory lending loopholes

The Defense Department wants to close loopholes in current rules that are meant to protect servicemembers and their families from predatory lenders. In 2006, Congress passed a law that caps interest rates on loans for active duty troops and their families. The DoD then determined which lenders the law applied to.

Kendall: DoD must better invest in technology through BBP 3.0

The Defense Department isn't making the investment it should be in technology, but plans to fix that with the third iteration of its Better Buying Power initiative, said DoD Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall at a Sept. 19 Center for Strategic and International Studies event.

GAO: DoD successful in base support consolidation, but still faces challenges

After the Government Accountability Office designated Defense Department support infrastructure a high-risk area for efficiency, the DoD consolidated 80 percent of installation support operations, but faced some challenges, a Sept. 19 Government Accountability Office report says. In 2005, the DoD recommended to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission combining 26 installations into 12 joint bases to generate efficiencies and cost savings, initially estimated to be $2.3 billion, the report says.

DoD unveils third iteration of Better Buying Power initiative

The Defense Department unveiled the third iteration of its Better Buying Power initiative, which is meant to cut acquisition costs for the DoD. Better Buying Power, which was launched in 2010, provides a set of best practices to improve acquisition through cost control and the elimination of unproductive processes and bureaucracy.

UN boosts effort to combat Ebola in West Africa, says $1B needed over next 6 months

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the United Nations is launching a new emergency health mission to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa as well as a "20-fold increase" in international assistance.

Chinese government hackers penetrated fed contractor systems 20 times, Senate probe reveals

In one year alone, hackers working for the Chinese government penetrated computer networks of U.S. Transportation Command contractors at least 20 times, the Senate Armed Services Committee revealed Sept. 17 after a year-long investigation.

Former DoD worker pleads guilty to $2.2M in fraudulent federal healthcare claims

A former civilian Defense Department employee pled guilty last week to collecting more than $2.2 million in fraudulent federal healthcare claims, a Sept. 8 Justice Department statement says. Jonathan Hargett, who was living in Germany, was indicted in October 2013 and extradited in July for trial, the statement says. Hargett will be sentenced Nov. 18 and faces a likely prison term of 46 to 57 months and a fine between $10,000 and $100,000.

Commerce IG: Delays in migrating export license data to new IT system could result in extra costs

An internal watchdog found that delays in the Commerce Department's effort to migrate its export license processing and referral functions to a new IT platform could cost several million dollars as it continues to use its old system.

Energy Department invests in localized power grids to help keep cities running

The Energy Department has set aside $8 million to set up microgrids-- contained grids that are usually connected to the more traditional electric grid but can also disconnect to operate autonomously and help alleviate grid disturbances – in Alaska, California, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Tennessee and Washington. Each received about $1.2 million.

Report: DoD needs more accurate, complete data on real property holdings

While the Defense Department has improved its real estate inventory data, it still lacks complete and accurate information in how some of those assets are being used, preventing officials from identifying opportunities to consolidate unused of underused facilities, congressional investigators said.