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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DHA prepping infrastructure for new health record

The Defense Health Agency is focused on preparing infrastructure for its forthcoming, new electronic health record. The Defense Department plans to award an $11 billion contract early this summer for its Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization.

GAO: OMB conference spending policies caused decline in DOE and DoD conference attendance

New conference rules, adopted in response to spending scandals over the last few years, caused a decline in attendance at federal science and technology conferences, says a March 4 Government Accountability Office report.

Navy officials says sequestration cuts could endanger lives

Leaders of the Navy and Marine Corps took up the charge to warn against the problems facing the DoD if sequestration-related cuts stay in place for next fiscal year, in a March 10 statement.

DoD calls on Congress for another round of BRAC

Pentagon officials once again pushed Congress for another round of base realignment and closures, promising that the plan would save the Defense Department big money.

Report: Government spent less on contracts in 2014 than it did the previous year

Federal spending on government contracts decreased in 2014, with the Defense Department seeing the biggest overall decline, according to a March 3 report from Govini, a business consulting company for government contractors. Govini, each year, releases a federal scorecard that tallies and analyzes data on federal contract spending and agency performance.

DoD doesn't know cost or performance of non-major acquisition programs, GAO says

The Defense Department doesn't have the information to determine the cost or performance of its non-major acquisition programs, says a March 2 Government Accountability Office report. These non-major programs, called category II and III programs, range from a multibillion dollar aircraft radar modernization program to soldier clothing and protective equipment programs in the tens of millions of dollars, the report says.

Bill would roll back DoD per diem cuts

Two house lawmakers have introduced a bill that would undo cuts the Defense Department made to travel per diems last year, says a Mar. 2 statement from Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.). Kilmer and Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) seek through the bill to roll back a DoD policy implemented last November that reduced the reimbursement rates by 25 percent for trips or temporary duty up to 180 days. It also reduced the meal and lodging per diem by 45 percent of what it used to be, the statement says.

DoD should establish '3D printing czar,' says paper

While the Defense Department has begun some experimentation with 3D printing, it will not leverage the technology's full potential unless it establishes a coordinating body or "3D printing czar" to oversee efforts department wide, according to a new paper from a technology and policy think tank.

DoD should look to commercial, off-the-shelf EHR systems, says report

The Department of Defense will be buying an electronic health record that's the equivalent of a 20-year contract for 1999's "state of the art" Blackberry service if it procures a closed, proprietary EHR system that can't respond to technological advances and changes in the marketplace, according to a new  white paper  released by the Center for a New American Security.

More efficiency needed in oversight process for DoD weapon systems development, GAO says

The Government Accountability Office said the DoD programs it surveyed took more than two years completing information requirements that might be reviewed by as many as 56 stakeholders across eight organizational levels above the program office.