Tag Archives: Robert Gates

Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally Ready to Rumble

Rolling Thunder is set to rumble through Washington D.C., for the 24th time this Memorial Day weekend. The annual event recognizes those who have served and calls attention to POWs and MIAs. More than 250,000 are expected to attend the rally May 27-29. The event begins Friday evening with a …

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Security Shuffle Starts Week

The beltway was hopping this week with major moves and mergers. Across our media properties, we tracked news at the FBI, a changing of the guard at DoD and the changing faces at some of GovCon's executive tables. ExecutiveGov topped the news this week with reports that Central Intelligence Agency …

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DCAA: New Mission, New Philosophy

Patrick Fitzgerald, DCAA Director, and Robert Hale, DoD comptroller, acknowledge in an online editorial for federaltimes.com that “DCAA’s reputation has been tarnished in recent years by complaints involving poor audit quality and abusive management.”  GAO has been particularly critical, releasing a report last October titled “Widespread DCAA Audit Problems Leave Billions …

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Obama Administration Puts GovCon Under the Gun

The Obama administration’s design to cut down “wasteful” spending is lurching toward reality. In a bid to curb wasteful spending, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition Ashton Carter is making good on Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ call to tighten the defense spending budget, while President Barack Obama’s budget and technology …

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The Future of America’s Armed Forces

At CNAS’ 2010 conference: Shaping the Agenda, military and policy leaders shared their views on how America’s armed forces will need to evolve to meet the changing needs of an increasingly unstable international environment. Keynote speaker Michele Flournoy, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, said that despite significant progress in Iraq …

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Robert Gates Wholeheartedly Backs Clapper for DNI

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates “winced with pain” when he heard President Obama was planning to nominate Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence James Clapper to the vacant DNI position. He knew he was about to lose one of his best. “I think the president could not have found a better …

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Mullen Wants Better Relationship with China

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen has made it clear he stands in agreement with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates that China's military is standing in the way of improved U.S.-China relations. “From what I see, in the request to visit [with Chinese military leaders …

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Robert Gates Shares Thoughts on Variety of Key Issues

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates sat down with John King of CNN to discuss his thoughts on a number of crucial areas of national interest including Pakistan, Iraq, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and his stance on the defense spending budget. Gates noted improved relations with the nation of Pakistan, underscoring …

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Resistance Mounting Against Gates Budget

According to a report by Politico, defense lobbyists, veterans groups and other supporters of a robust defense budget are forming a political garrison against a philosophical restructuring from Defense Secretary Robert Gates. The brewing storm is leaving many industry insiders wondering whether Gates’ plan will end up all wet – …

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Daily Government Contracting Recap – May 12, 2010

Maryland got funds for Health IT adoption. Defense Secretary Robert Gates met with Afghan officials to discuss cooperation in the Afghan theater. The federal government plans to reform its hiring practices. Even Joe the Plumber could become a hacker in 15 minutes. Regulators ruled out a cyber attack for the …

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Daily Government Contracting Recap – April 9, 2010

The new healthcare law is attracting scammers, according to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Northrop Grumman and Boeing won Navy deals. Walt Havenstein commented on SAIC's major donation to the U.S. Naval Academy. Adm. Mike Mullen and Defense Secretary Robert Gates both fully support the Nuclear Posture Review. DoD revealed its …

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