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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Pre-BRAC estimates of excess base capacity were flawed, GAO says

Estimates that the Defense Department used to assess the need for future rounds of Base Realignment and Closure were based on flawed methods, a report from the Government Accountability Office says. The department produced reports in 1998 and 2004 that estimated excess base capacity to be 23 percent and 24 percent, respectively.

Senate lays out $625.1 billion for the National Defense Authorization Act

The Senate Armed Services Committee marked up its version of the fiscal 2014 national defense authorization act, laying out $625.1 billion in proposed spending for the Defense Department and defense activities of the Energy Department.

Contractor who cleared Snowden's background check under investigation, OPM IG says

The revolving account used to finance the Office of Personnel Management's Federal Investigative Service security clearance investigation has never been audited and there is no governmentwide guidance on what constitutes a proper security clearance check, agency officials said in a June 20 Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on efficiency and effectiveness of federal programs and the federal workforce hearing.

Obama pay cap proposal would mostly affect large contractors, GAO says

If White House proposed legislation to cap reimbursment for contractor executive pay at the president's salary is enacted for cost reimbursment contracts, few small contractors would be affected but for larger contractors reducing the cap would dramatically increase the number of employees with pay above the cap, a June 19 Government Accountability Office  report  (.pdf) says.

Sequestration cuts hurt DoD ability to provide budgetary readiness statement, survey says

Across-the-board sequestration cuts have hurt Defense Department's ability to provide congressionally required audit-readiness of the agency's budgetary resources for fiscal 2014, a June survey (.pdf) conducted by American Society of Military Comptrollers and Grant Thornton says.

House passes $638 billion defense authorization bill

The $638 billion National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2014 passed the House June 14 in a 315 to 108 vote. The House authorized $552.1 billion in overall spending for base national defense and an additional $85.8 billion in overseas contingency operations. The fiscal 2014 NDAA (H.R. 1960) is consistent with the House passed budget which took money from non-defense budget to allow more money for defense while keeping overall spending below the Budget Control Act cap, according to an NDAA committee fact sheet.

House appropriators 'dismayed' at lack of iEHR progress

A  report  (.pdf) accompanying the fiscal 2014 defense appropriations bill, which the committee  approved  June 12, says the current approach  announced  by departmental secretaries in February replaces the goal of a single, common EHR with the "as-of-yet unattainable goal of interoperability."

House Republicans block anti-sequestration amendments in defense spending bill markup

The House Appropriations Committee marked up the Defense Department spending bill June 12, blocking several amendments from Democrats. The $512.5 billion bill is $28 billion above defense spending caps set by sequestration and after markup remained free from any major changes from the bill passed June 6 by the House Appropriations subcommittee on defense. The bill also includes military construction and nuclear programs under the Energy Department.

Hagel calls on Congress to stop sequestration cuts for 2014

For the military to get back to an acceptable readiness level, Congress must stop sequestration cuts, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said while defending President Obama's fiscal 2014, $526.6 billion DoD budget request during a June 11 Senate Appropriations subcommittee on defense  hearing.

DoD cost estimate for Marines' Pacific relocation not reliable, GAO says

The Defense Department's preliminary cost estimate for its  plan to relocate 9,000 Marines from of Okinawa, Japan,because it's missing costs and is based on limited data, a June 11 Government Accountability Office report says.