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.
In an effort help soldiers better manage their combat nutrition, the Defense Department will allow hackers to create apps that soldiers can use to interact with nutritional data in a mobile environment. The event, the DoD's first mobile web hackathon, runs between June 28 at 6 p.m. and June 29 at 7 p.m. onsite at Hack/Reduce, a non-profit created to cultivate a community of Big Data experts in Boston, Mass. Winners will be announced July 3.
The House Armed Services Committee passed on June 6 their version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which specified $552.1 billion in overall spending for national defense and an additional $85.8 billion in overseas contingency operations. The bill (H.R. 1960), would allocate $526.6 billion for Defense Department discretionary spending and $7.7 billion in mandatory funds.
Defense Knowledge Online went offline May 31, said the Army News Service in a June 3 post. The closure of DKO comes following 14 months of gradual transition to collaboration software hosted through the Defense Information Systems Agency's enterprise services.
The Defense Department made $1.1 billion in improper payments in 2011, a recently released May 13 Government Accountability Office report says. Improper payments include wrong payout for health benefits, retirement pay and travel reimbursement.
A task force sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations calls on the United States to build an alliance for cybersecurity with like-minded actors. The task force – charged with making recommendations for the defense of an open global Internet and co-chaired by John Negroponte, a former diplomat and director of national intelligence, and Samuel Palmisano, the former chief executive officer of IBM – issued June 6 a final report (.pdf).
The House passed a veterans affairs and military construction spending bill June 4 that includes $73.3 billion in discretionary funding for fiscal 2014, $63.1 billion of which would be for the...
The House Appropriations subcommittee on defense marked up a defense appropriations bill on June 5 that provides $512.5 billion in base funding. That amount, which is part of a $972.6 billion discretionary spending plan (.pdf) for the coming fiscal year, is $3.4 billion less than President Obama's defense spending request and $28.1 billion more than the current level after sequestration spending cuts.
The United States wants to make cybersecurity a regular part of its diplomatic exchanges with China, White House senior officials said during a June 4 press call ahead of a planned 2 day meeting between President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping in California later this week.
The Defense Department has proposed updating its regulations to require that major contractors subject to cost accounting standards – and their large subcontractors – have anti-counterfeit avoidance and detection systems in place for electronic parts.