Agency News: Department of Defense


Air Force cancels annual IT conference amid cost concerns

The Air Force's annual IT conference has been shelved for 2012 as event spending comes under tough government scrutiny.

Senate defense bill takes first steps to undo sequestration

Congress is demanding Defense Secretary Leon Panetta furnish a comprehensive report on the potential effects of sequestration, which could take effect Jan. 2, 2013.

Senate committee encourages reverse auctions

The committee says reverse auctions stimulate “aggressive competition” among vendors and lead to lower prices.

Can today's virtual soldier protect tomorrow's troops?

A University of Iowa program is using virtual reality to help arm the troops of tomorrow.

DOD business modernization efforts continue to fall short

The Defense department is still struggling to implement GAO recommendations in its efforts to update its business systems.

DOD needs new tech for Asia, Panetta says

As the U.S. military shifts its focus to the Asia-Pacific region, it will need to develop new technologies, its leader says.

Not an app for that? One moment.

The Army's training program in app writing has proven successful.

IG finds holes in Army financial data system

Army managers did not reengineer their Logistics Modernization Program system to perform Procure-to-Pay functions correctly, leaving the program open to fraud and poor bookkeeping.

Can strategy help DOD sidestep budget cut effects?

As defense officials try to figure out where to trim costs, the White House offers some advice: Avoid a last-in, first-out approach.

Military told to be cautious on commercial social media sites

Reported new policy comes after a recent hack showed the potential vulnerabilities in sites with user-generated content.

Army to pay $500M for Future Combat Systems termination

A dozen years after Future Combat Systems was born and three years after it was canceled, the program still bears a hefty price tag.

DOD, Navy developing pirate-fighting apps

A new DOD-funded research project is targeting sea piracy with web-based apps.