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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VistA's scarlet letter: A Gartner rating

Despite the fact that Defense Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Frank Kendall said there's a one-in-five chance the DoD will select a VistA-based technology for its electronic health record, the odds of the department making such a selection are hurt by a 2011 Gartner report (.pdf) commissioned by the VA and obtained by FierceGovernmentIT.

Defining R&D across DHS could save money

Unlike NASA and the Defense Department, the Homeland Security Department has no common definition for research and development, David Maurer of the Government Accountability Office said during a Senate hearing July 17.

Senate hears support for Defense Production Act reauthorization

Through their DPA authority, agencies can require private companies to prioritize government contracts over their other obligations, for the sake of national security or emergency response. The law, originally enacted in 1950, is set to expire in December 2014.

CBO: Military health costs set to grow in coming decades

By 2030, healthcare will consume nearly 15 percent of the Defense Department budget, up from about 10 percent now, according to projections from the Congressional Budget Office. Carla Tighe Murray, senior analyst in the CBO's national security division, presented (.pdf) CBO's projections and suggestions at the Western Economic Association Conference in Seattle earlier this month.

11 percent of DoD sex assault investigations contained deficiencies, IG says

Eleven percent of Defense Department sexual assault investigations contained significant deficiencies, a recently released July 9 DoD inspector general report says. The IG reviewed a random sample of 501 of the 2,263 closed sexual assault cases in 2010 and 53 of those cases were recognized as having significant deficiencies, the report says.

OMB okays VA, DoD iEHR data-sharing plan

During a July 10 joint hearing of the House Veterans Affairs and Armed Services Committees, VA and Defense Department officials laid out plans to continue pursuing two separate electronic health record solutions with the ability to interoperate in the "near term." This plan, according to a congressional source, has the approval of Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel.

House Appropriations to consider extending anti-Chinese supply chain measure

A temporary anti-Chinese manufacturer supply chain measure currently in force for a handful of major agencies would stay in effect through fiscal 2014 under a provision included in a subcommittee spending bill.

Hagel says civilian cuts could come in 2014

Layoffs could come to Defense Department in 2014 if sequestration continues, a July 10 letter (.pdf) DoD Secretary Chuck Hagel sent to the Senate Armed Services Committee says.

Dodaro: Audit readiness at DoD must overcome decades of unconcern

It wasn't until fiscal 1996 that Congress required the DoD to produce an auditable statement, and "originally, the department managers didn't believe that they needed audited financial data to carry out their responsibilities," Comptroller General Gene Dodaro  told  the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

DoD report shows no cost difference when using cost-plus or fixed-price contracts

The first annual Defense Department acquisition report showed there was no statistical correlation between the use of contract type and lower cost or schedule growth. Between 1970 and 2011, fixed-price contracts did not exhibit a significantly different cost growth than cost-reimbursable contracts, the June 28 report (.pdf) says.