Facilities at some closed Army installations were not maintained at a high enough level for reuse within communities surrounding the closed bases because the Army doesn't have specific guidelines for maintenance, a May 14 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) says.
Budget cuts due to sequestration caused a lack of readiness in the military that will interfere with the Defense Department providing replacement unites in Afghanistan next year, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told an audience at the National Press Club May 7.
The Defense Department has revised its 1996 directive on non-lethal weapons with the intent of fostering their future development and procurement, although without specifying exactly how it'll do so. One non-lethal weapon s the Active Denial System, which delivers a man-sized heat beam to stop someone from approaching without killing the person.
The Defense Department understimates the costs of base closures, because outsourced work isn't accounted for in the department's reporting process, an April 18 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) says.With the military likely to shrink in size in the coming post-drawdown years, Pentagon officials have said they want a new round of Base Realignment and Closure.
President Obama's fiscal 2014 budget requests $526.6 billion for the Defense Department, including $155.8 billion for the Navy, $144.4 billion for the Air Force and $129.7 billion for the Army. By function, the budget includes $209.4 billion for operation and maintenance, $137.1 billion for military personnel and $99.3 billion for procurement.
The Navy is researching mobile application development and deployment techniques to inform a future app of its own that could assist warfighters in the Explosive Ordnance Disposal community.
Changes such as warming ocean, soil, and air temperatures; melting permafrost; shifting vegetation and animal abundances and altered characteristics of Arctic cyclones are expected to affect traditional cultures in the region. Those changes put in danger the survival of polar bear and other animal populations, and raise risks of pollution, food supply, safety, cultural losses and national security, the report says.
Pinterest is among the three most popular social media tools and the fastest growing. Most importantly for the Navy, Pinterest users are creative, engaged and more than 60 percent are female--helping the service reach a non-traditional audience.
Reviews conducted by the Defense Contract Audit Agency continually failed to meet established professional standards in fiscal 2010, says the Defense Department's inspector general.
The current fiscal uncertainty due to sequestration and the continuing resolution threatens present and future military readiness and strength, members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the House Appropriations Committee.