Gates details plans to slash DOD budget

In his aggressive efforts to save money, Defense Secretary Gates is targeting a number of DOD offices and organizations, including one major command, IT infrastructure and several senior positions.

Pentagon tightens reins on contractors

The Defense Department wants its contractors to become more efficient as part of a larger DOD strategy to address declining budgets.

DOD aims to slash budget by $100B to pay for war

The Defense Department is looking to trim $100 billion over the next five years from existing programs, allocating those funds to combat operations and capabilities.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Budget request highlights push for efficiency

The White House's $79 billion IT budget includes plans for centralizing IT services, consolidating data centers and more cloud computing.

Cybersecurity

Virtual border fence would lose under budget

The administration wants $43.59 billion for the Homeland Security Department in fiscal 2011 compared with the $42.60 billion that the department got for this year.

Obama wants nearly $80B for IT projects

The administration has proposed only a small increase for IT spending in fiscal 2011.

DOD budget forecast threatens new technology deployments

Personnel and equipment costs might cut deeply into key defense acquisition programs over the next several years, reports Michael Bruno at Aviation Week.

DOD, OPM conclude Defense personnel system needs overhaul

The National Security Personnel System should be rebuilt because of systemic problems, a task force finds.

Cybersecurity

Guidance being updated for integrating data security into budgeting process

NIST has released a draft version of updated guidance on selecting, managing and evaluating security investments and accounting for information security in all IT investments.

New DOD memo looks to the horizon after FCS

A memorandum issued June 23 confirms the recommendations made earlier this year by Defense Secretary Robert Gates to replace the single, giant Future Combat System with a number of smaller modernization efforts.

Survey: Public-sector IT pros out of the loop on recovery funding

A Dell.com survey of 662 IT professionals in government, education and health care found that most are in the dark about American Recovery and Investment Act funding, and few expect recovery funds to have an impact on their budgets.

Cloud & Infrastructure

START tracks agency recovery spending

Acumen Solutions is offering a tool to help agencies track and manage the funds they receive under the economic stimulus law.

For data sharing, message flows are more important than platforms

Message flows are the linchpin to distributed, real-time information sharing systems, such as the National Information Exchange Model or the Environmental Protection Agency’s Central Data Exchange.

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity gets increased funding in Obama's first budget

Obama wants $355 million to support DHS’ National Cybersecurity Division and its role in the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative.

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