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: 192 labs in all 50 states, 7 countries, 3 US territories inadvertently sent live anthrax

CDC began its investigation after it received a call May 22 from a private company that tested a sample it had received from a lab at the Army's Dugway Proving Ground in Utah and found that it contained live anthrax rather than inactivated samples.

Leidos, Cerner win 'DHMSM', DoD's $11B electronic health record contract

The winning team, which also includes Accenture Federal and Henry Schein Practice Solutions, beat out competitors, including one team led by Allscripts, Computer Science Corp. and HP, and another led by Epic Systems and IBM.

GAO commends DoD for delaying launch of new facility modernization cost estimate model

The Defense Department made the right decision to not implement an important model for estimating costs of DoD facilities because it wasn't reliable, says a July 27 Government Accountability Office report.

Marine Corps only branch that responds to servicemembers' religious requests in timely manner, IG says

The Marine Corps was the only service to make timely decisions on religious requests made by military members, says a July 22 DoD inspector general report.

GAO: DoD taking steps to protect against insider threats, but more info sharing, oversight needed

The Defense Department is stepping up efforts to protect resources and people against internal threats following high-profile shootings over the past six years at Fort Hood and Washington Navy Yard, but isn't consistently sharing information that could further enhance protection.

DoD components' fragmented SATCOM purchases needlessly increase costs, says GAO

Defense Department components are breaking rules by independently buying commercial bandwidth for satellite communications, which is costing the DoD money, according to a July 17 Government Accountability Office report.

Current and former DoD execs rally against NDAA amendment decentralizing DoD acquisition power

Former and current Defense Department officials have taken issue with a provision in the Senate's defense authorization proposal that shifts power away from Pentagon's acquisition chief.

DoD doesn't have plans to monitor women in combat positions past 2016

The Defense Department doesn't have a plan to monitor how the services integrate women into newly opened positions past the end of this year, says a July 20 Government Accountability Office report.

DoD business systems modernization isn't producing results, GAO says

The Defense Department's effort to modernize its business systems isn't producing the desired results because the department hasn't implemented recommendations defined over the last 20 years, says a July 16 Government Accountability Office report.

Cybersecurity sprint ends with some agencies reporting successes

The 30-day "cybersecurity sprint" federal agencies undertook in response to serious data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management wrapped up July 12. Now, agencies await review from senior Obama administration officials and the promised Federal Civilian Cybersecurity Strategy.