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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DoD urges acquisition cost reduction measures

Defense Department acquisition managers should routinely take measures to reduce cost, but those savings shouldn't come at the expense of long-term degradation of effectiveness, says an Aug. 6 DoD memo (.pdf) clarifying the Better Buying Power initiative. Better Buying Power, which was launched in 2010, provides a set of best practices to improve acquisition through cost control and the "elimination of unproductive processes and bureaucracy."

Auditors fault Navy Microsoft agreement over warranty disclaimer

Defense Department auditors are faulting a Navy Department enterprise license agreement for Microsoft Software for accepting license terms they say weren't in the best interest of the department.

Eaglen: Cuts to military readiness should be part of discussion

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel should explore cuts to readiness as a way to cope with smaller military budgets, said Mackenzie Eaglen, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, during a Brookings Institution event Aug. 6.

DoD reduces furloughs to 6 days

The Defense Department reduced the number of furlough days for civilian employees from 11 days to 6 days, an Aug. 6 DoD press release says. Due to sequestration, the DoD faced $37 billion in spending cuts. The DoD submitted a large reprogramming proposal to Congress in May, asking them to let the DoD move funds from acquisition accounts into day-to-day operating accounts, the press release says.

DISA says first increment of JIE now operational

The first increment of the Joint Information Environment achieved initial operational capability on July 31, the Defense Information Systems Agency says in an Aug. 5  statement.

GAO urges open system development, finds it lacking in UAVs

The Government Accountability Office is again urging the Defense Department to adopt an open system approach to weapons system development even while acknowledging that the Pentagon would have to undertake extra work to do so. When it comes specifically to UAV development, auditors say that of the DoD's 10 largest UAV systems, only three, all developed by the Navy Department, took an open system approach at the start of development.

Key DoD ERPs experience cost variability

In the past year, costs for six enterprise resource planning systems the Defense Department office of inspector general says are key to producing auditable financial statements haven't been stable, shows data collected by auditors in a new report.

DoD could cut troop numbers, limit pay raises if sequestration continues

The Defense Department could limit pay raises and cut troop numbers and weapons programs among other cuts to deal with the possibility of $52 billion in defense spending cuts in fiscal 2014 due to sequestration, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a July 31 press conference at the Pentagon.

IT system security authorization more dynamic than in past, says NIST official

Perceptions about the information technology security authorization process as being archaic and bureaucratic aren't keeping pace with a shift to a risk-based approach being fostered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Defense Department, said Ron Ross, a NIST cybersecurity official.

New grant programs to transfer research to the marketplace proposed in House

Federal agencies that fund at least $1 billion in outside research each year would create new grant programs to help transfer federally funded research into the marketplace, under a draft bill being considered by a House subcommittee.