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 issues sweeping update to cyber strategy (Audio)

The Defense Department unveiled  a new cyber strategy  today that affirms its commitment to more effective deterrence in the cyber domain and the integration of offensive cyber options into combatant command plans. 

House expected to consider 2 cyber threat data sharing bills that grant liability protections

The Obama administration largely supports both bills although it had some reservations regarding their liability protections. But civil liberties and privacy groups say they strongly opposed one bill sponsored by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

GAO: Army hasn't met own target of reducing on-hand excess inventory

The services are responsible for fourt-fifths of the Defense Department's $98 billion in secondary item excess inventory, which includes spare parts that can be repaired and reused and other supplies needed to maintain military equipment.

New DoD acquisition rules skipped public comment period, but still followed proper procedures, say auditors

The Defense Department issued 49 new acquisition rules between fiscal 2010 and 2014 that didn't include any public comment period. The department said "urgent and compelling" circumstances forced the agency to move quickly on a rule in order to make a procurement, says an April 17 Government Accountability Office report.

With Earth Day nearing, Obama calls climate change biggest threat to planet

With 2014 as the warmest year on record and 14 of the 15 hottest years on record in the 21st Century, Obama said there will be stronger storms, longer droughts and more wildfires, among other implications.

IG: DoD must speed migration to IPv6

The Defense Department's inability to properly move to Internet protocol version 6, or IPv6, could mean cost increases and vulnerability to cyber threats, a new report found.

GAO: Government spends billions of dollars on duplicative, wasteful programs

The federal government is losing billions of dollars to duplicative and wasteful programs, says an annual Government Accountability Office report meant to identify overlapping and underperforming federal programs.

DoD launches next iteration of acquisition initiative focusing on cybersecurity

The Defense Department launched its third version of the Better Buying Power initiative last week focusing on cybersecurity and technology acquisition. "Better Buying Power 3.0 really is animated by an urgent concern of ours, and that is what we see to be a steady erosion of our technological superiority that we have relied upon for so long in all of our defense strategies," said Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work at an April 9 DoD press conference.

AP: Special Operations members don't think women can do the job

U.S. special forces members don't believe that women can handle the physical and mental demands and are concerned the Defense Department will weaken standards to allow women to serve in the elite fighting units, says an April 6 Associated Press article.

Former FBI agent sentenced to 10 years in prison for DoD contractor kickback scheme

A former FBI special agent was sentenced to a decade in prison for accepting bribes to obstruct a grand jury in an alleged Defense Department contractor kickback scheme, says a March 30 Justice Department statement. Former Special Agent Robert Lustyik, a 24-year veteran of the FBI, pleaded guilty to all charges in an 11-count indictment on Sept. 29, 2014.