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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Spotlight: DoD and DHS cybersecurity spending to grow under omnibus

The omnibus appropriations bill likely to fund federal agencies for the remainder of the fiscal year includes $447 million for Cyber Command, states a House Appropriations Committee summary (.pdf)....

DISA mission assurance office adopts OWF as default presentation layer

The program executive office within the Defense Information Systems Agency responsible for network security and operations adopted late last year the Ozone Widget Framework as its default presentation layer for situational awareness, said its deputy chief technology officer. The OWF is a National Security Agency-developed framework for development of lightweight widgets to run in a browser.

Omnibus appropriations would restore military pensions for medically retired veterans

The omnibus appropriations bill unveiled Monday includes a 1 percent pay increase to some federal workers and restores full pensions to some working age military retirees. The Postal Service would continue delivering mail six days a week under a provision in the bill. It also blocks the agency from closing small and rural post offices in fiscal 2014.

Reluctance to report sexual assault at military academies

Focus groups held at three of the military academies revealed that cadets and midshipmen are reluctant to report sexual assault or harassment, a Jan. 8 report from the Defense Department says.

CBO lays out possible military budget cuts

A mix of benefits cuts and military force reductions at the Defense Department could drastically reduce the Pentagon budget, said Congressional Budget Office analyst Carla Tighe Murray to a group of government workers and federal budget experts.

DoD and VA face December 2016 deadline for running modernized EHRs

The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs face a Dec. 31, 2016 deadline for deploying modernized electronic health record systems following passage of the fiscal 2014 national defense authorization act into law.

Four agencies spent almost 90 percent less on conference spending since 2010, Mica report says

Conference spending dropped by almost 90 percent across four agencies since 2010, a Jan. 3 staff report from Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) says. The report (.pdf) example conference spending at the Defense Department, Veterans Affairs Department, General Service Administration and the Internal Revenue Service.

DoD formalizes benefits for same sex spouses

The Defense Department formalized the change to extend military benefits to spouses of legally married same sex couple in an interim rule issued Jan. 6.

Cyberspace doesn't always favor the offensive, says Singer

The Defense Department's dedication to offensive cyberspace capabilities--anywhere from 2.5 to 4 times greater than defensive measures when measured by research dollars--rests on a false set of assumptions, said Peter Singer, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

NDAA provisions to help small business secure contracts

With the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act signed into law by President Obama Dec. 26, small businesses will get help securing contracts through two new provisions. The NDAA, which included 80 amendments, clears the Pentagon to spend $527 billion in base funding and $80 billion for overseas contingency operations.