Shifting away from large, static deployments into nimbler, rotational deployments could be part of a new "expeditionary model" military that could save the Pentagon billions, says a new report from the nonpartisan Stimson Center. The new strategy would ramp up research and development and call for the U.S. to retain an edge over other nations in naval, space and air forces and special operations.
The Defense Department warned it might lay off thousands of contractors and civilian employees if lawmakers do not act on the president's $196 billion war funding request. Senior Democrats say they will not approve the funds until the White House changes its policy on Iraq.
New Department of Defense information technology contracts worth $300 million to $30 billion reflect changes in the way the Pentagon does business. The contracts underscore DOD's focus on business transformation, IT security, interagency networking and knowledge management, and outsourcing, says Megan Gamse of the market research firm Input.
The Pentagon is investigating whether a former director of the Air National Guard who accepted a job as a Boeing lobbyist violated ethics rules. Retired Maj. Gen. Paul Weaver took the Boeing post three months after he left the military. He was hired to lobby for a $23 billion contract to lease refueling tankers to the military. The contract was later canceled when ethics violations by a former Air Force acquisitions official were revealed.
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