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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ROI makes it tough to move beyond mobility pilots

Piloting mobile technology has been a common approach at agencies, but success moving mobile programs past the pilot stage has been problematic for some agencies. Assessing pilots and measuring return on investment can be difficult.

Obama administration to research TBI, PTSD in new efforts

The Obama administration announced two new collaborative efforts to research mild traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder in military servicemembers and veterans. The Defense and Veterans Affairs department are establishing two research consortia with a $107 million investment over a 5-year period, the VA said in an Aug. 10 release.

DISA guided Samsung Knox development

As Samsung developed Knox--the company's new platform security, application security and mobile device management tool--the company met reguarly with DISA. The product's development was influenced by the security requirement guide developed by DISA's field security operations team, said Orndorff while speaking Aug. 9 at the Forecast to Industry event at DISA headquarters in Ft. Meade, Md.

Big Data has implications for national security, says DARPA

The era of big data has frightening implications for national security as well as personal privacy, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency acknowledges in an oblique way through a small business solicitation for tools for the rapid anonymization and de-anonymization of data and a framework to measure the national security impact of vast troves of publically available data.

Sequestration shuts domestic Air Force space fence

The Air Force will prepare to shut down a radar system tracking objects in outer space passing over the United States by Oct. 1 due to sequestration cuts, an Aug. 13 Air Force  statement  says. The Air Force plans to replace the AFSSS with a new space fence on Kwajalein Island.

DoD aims to speed up mobile approval process

The Defense Department will partner with industry to streamline the review and approval processes for mobile apps and devices, slides (.pdf) from a presentation at the Aug. 9 Defense Information Systems Agency Forecast to Industry conference said. The goal is for apps and devices to be reviewed and approved within 30 days by coordinating with industry so vendors are building to DoD standards, Defense Information Systems Agency Component Acquisition Executive Jennifer Carter said in her slide presentation.

MSPB puts hold on processing DoD employee furlough appeals

The Merit Systems Protection Board put an indefinite hold on processing and adjudicating Defense Department furlough appeals, due to the large volume of furlough appeals being received from DoD employees, an Aug. 13 MSPB statement says.

Environmental cleanup stymies BRAC process

A report (.pdf) from the Defense Department office of inspector general, dated Aug. 6, says that Army officials were still identifying the extent of the necessary cleanup, so they were not able to determine the length of the delays or the costs of cleanup. In several cases, disagreements between the Army, the EPA, the local development authority and state officials have slowed cleanup processes.

Military pay raises would be exempt if sequestration continues, OMB letter says

Should sequestration continue, military pay raises would be exempt from budget cuts, an Aug. 9 Office of Management and Budget letter (.pdf) says. In the letter to Vice President Joe Biden, who is also president of the Senate, and House Speaker Rep. John Boehner, (R-Ohio), OMB Director Sylvia Burwell says part of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 allows the president to exempt military pay raises, including Coast Guard personnel, from sequestration as long as Congress is notified by Aug. 10.

DISA building out enterprise services cloud

The Defense Information Systems Agency has expanded its enterprise service offerings in the cloud for the Defense Department and has a clear list of near-term capabilities it aims to provide, said an official speaking at the Aug. 9 Forecast to Industry at DISA headquarters in Ft. Meade, Md.