By: Christopher Preble, Defense One
Dramatic surprises are unlikely, but the resulting information should feed better discussions and decisions about national-security spending.
Last month, many budget wonks received glad tidings from the Pentagon—the announcement of an agency-wide financial audit. Defense Department Comptroller David Norquist announced the start of the DOD’s first-ever audit amid concerns of an impending government shutdown. (read more)
By: Jared Serbu, Federal News Radio
The panel of senior leaders the Defense Department appointed to help speed up its adoption of cloud computing is undergoing notable changes to its membership less than four months after it was first created.
The Cloud Executive Steering Group (CESG) will grow from five voting members to seven, but will no longer be led by Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, according to a memo obtained by Federal News Radio. Lord was the chairwoman of the board since its inception on Sept. 13. (read more)
By: Jen Judson, MilitaryTimes
WASHINGTON — The new U.S. Army secretary, confirmed in mid-November, has spent his first days in office on the ground with troops both in Afghanistan and at the National Training Center in California examining the readiness of the force and how the deployed are faring in their mission. But he’s also turned his attention to laying some early groundwork for the Army’s new Futures Command focused on modernizing the service. (read more)
The photo in the header of this page shows U.S. Soldiers with the 77th Armored Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, load onto a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter after completing their iteration of the squad live-fire exercise at Udari Range near Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Nov. 2, 2016. Infantrymen, indirect fire infantrymen and forward observers synchronized their capabilities during the four-day training event by executing dismounted squad battle drills. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Angela Lorden.