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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Sequestration has had a 'noticable' effect on US economy, says Bernanke

Sequestration at the Defense Department hasn't only hurt agencies, it's also been a detriment to the American economy, Former Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke said at an Aug. 18 Brookings Institution event.

DoD establishes new guidelines, oversight for its cyber workforce

The Defense Department issued a directive last week that creates a council to handle oversight for new guidelines that will standardize and unify its cyber workforce and policies.

Spotlight: No protest on DHMSM contract award

The department said the deadline for protest has passed and given there were no protests filed by the losing bidders, the contract will proceed as planned.

DoD, VA health record interoperability unacceptably behind schedule, says GAO

Under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014, the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are required to deploy modernized electronic health records that employ full, standards-based interoperability by Dec. 31, 2016, but the Government Accountability Office says the departments aren't on track to meet that goal until after 2018.

Incomplete contractor info made it difficult for DoD to determine noncompetitive contract prices

The Defense Department had trouble determining reasonable prices for noncompetitive contracts because some contractors were reluctant to share pricing information, according to an Aug. 12 Government Accountability Office report.

Defense cuts, sequestration continue to dog military families, survey shows

Almost three-quarters of military families expect to feel the financial effects of defense spending cuts and sequestration, a new survey found.

Russian hackers infiltrated Joint Chiefs of Staff unclassified network, reports NBC News

The Pentagon took down the Joint Chiefs of Staff unclassified email network after it noticed suspicious activity that later revealed a cyber attack by Russian hackers,  NBC News  reported Aug. 6, citing unnamed sources. 

Spotlight: JCS network down for more than a week for cyber investigation

The Joint Chiefs of Staff unclassified email network has been down for more than a week – at least since July 29 – for an investigation into suspicious activity.

DoD looks for adaptable, resilient mobile solutions

Enterprise-grade mobile devices and applications might not fit the needs of the military's health organizations right off the shelf, according to two officials who spoke July 31 at a Health Summit hosted by AFCEA International's DC chapter.

GAO: Army doesn't know when its reservists are available

The Army doesn't know when its reservists are available serve because of incomplete information on soldiers' non-availability documentation, says a July 31 Government Accountability Office report.