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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Pinterest helps Navy meet non-traditional audience

Pinterest is among the three most popular social media tools and the fastest growing. Most importantly for the Navy, Pinterest users are creative, engaged and more than 60 percent are female--helping the service reach a non-traditional audience.

DARPA wants secure military wireless networks

The Wireless Network Defense program won't create new communications waveform or tactical radio. Rather, it will "enable improvement in the robustness of the class of wireless networks that are being procured," providing a reliable foundation for future wireless system deployments as well, says DARPA.

Task force calls for more 'evidence based' treatment of veterans

The assessment tool the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments use to assess cognitive function after a head injury, the Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metric, lacks clear scientific evidence supporting its effectiveness, says a report from an Institute of Medicine task force.

No furlough for prison employees, other agencies still examining sequestration cuts

Federal prison employees won't be furloughed, but other agencies are examining how the latest continuing resolution will affect their employees.The Defense Department pushed back furloughs due to the new CR and will reevaluate whether it needs to furlough any of its 800,000 civilian employees by April 5.

Congress finds money for programs feeling pinch of sequestration

While the continuing resolution upholds the $85 billion in sequestration cuts across the board, funds were moved around within departments, something that agencies can't do on their own.

JIE not an attempt at DISA domination, says DISA official

The Joint Information Environment is not an attempt by the Defense Information Systems Agency to take over all the Defense Department's data centers, said Tony Montemarano, DISA director of strategic planning and information.  The JIE is "not about DISA controlling the world, DISA über alles," he said. "The military departments have got formidable capabilities...it makes no sense to turn them off." He spoke March 25 at ACT-IAC  event  in downtown Washington, D.C.

Auditors fault DLA ERP for obliging manual financial statement processing

The Defense Logistics Agency paid accountants to manually calculate its fiscal 2012 trial balance despite spending more than $2 billion so far on an enterprise resource planning system that should have been able to automatically record transactional data, says the Defense Department office of inspector general.

FITARA passes House Oversight committee

A bill that would change federal information technology buying practices and authorities of IT officials passed the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee March 20 through a unanimous voice vote.

House committee criticizes DoD, DHS failures to implement anti-waste measures

Officials testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee had to have known they were in for a rough day Tuesday just based on title of the hearing: "DoD and DHS: Implementing Agency Watchdogs' Recommendations Could Save Taxpayers Billions."

Cyber Command building cyber ops toolkit, says Alexander

The head of Cyber Command says the difference between an exploit in cyberspace and an attack that warrants a response is a policy decision. The White House will make that call, not the military, Gen. Keith Alexander  told  the House Armed Services subcommittee on intelligence, emerging threats and capabilities on March 13.