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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Differing DoD and SBA rules on protecting SBIR technical data causing confusion

The intellectual property rights of small business are subject to risk from differing Defense Department and Small Business Administration rules governing Small Business Innovation Research contracts, say DoD auditors.

Agencies extended noncompetitive contracts past time limits, GAO says

Agencies are letting noncompetitive contracts awarded on the basis of "unusual and compelling urgency" run past the one year limit they're not meant to exceed.

Spotlight: DoD approves Amazon cloud

All military services and Defense Department components are now permitted to lease computing space through Amazon Web Services.

Spotlight: DoD spectrum sharing plan coming soon, says Wheeler

The Federal Communications Commission will soon circulate a detailed proposal for sharing spectrum in the 3.5 gigahertz band of spectrum currently occupied by the Defense Department.

Intelligence community IT integration contract could be worth $6B

Federal intelligence agencies could spend up to $6 billion over five years on a wide-ranging information technology contract aiming to integrate IT services into a common environment. The contract will support the IC ITE, an effort to consolidate IT services across the intelligence community in a bid to to improve information sharing and collaboration. 

DoD acquisition workforce learning the cheapest isn't always the best

Lowest price, technically acceptable contracts work when used correctly, but they shouldn't be used when the Defense Department is seeking innovation – a lesson the Pentagon's junior acquisition workforce is learning, said Assistant Defense Secretary for Acquisition Katrina McFarland.

New cybersecurity requirements in federal acquisition system will take years to implement, says GSA official

The federal government plans to start in about a year the long process of directly modifying acquisition regulations in order to implement recommendations from a joint Defense Department and General Services Administration cybersecurity task force, a federal official said.

Free military equipment can be costly for CBP

PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Defense Department may not charge Customs and Border Protection to repurpose military technology, but the arrangement can still be expensive for CBP.

Army, Navy turn to private firms to address housing shortage

The Army and Navy have turned to private construction firms to build houses for single military members to address an off-base housing shortage, says a March 18 Government Accountability Office report.

DoD to implement random background checks of those with security clearances

The Defense Department will implement continuous and random background checks of people who hold security clearance in the wake of reports released Tuesday that said Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis was able to keep his clearance despite troubling behavior throughout his career.