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Panel OKs nominee for Pentagon acquisition post

If confirmed, Ashton Carter would take over weapons buying at a time when President Obama and Capitol Hill leaders are pushing for major changes in the way the Defense Department does business.

DHS official: Cargo mandate should be reconsidered

The 2007 provision requires Homeland Security to ensure that all U.S.-bound containers are scanned abroad by 2012.

From Nextgov.com: Senators introduce cybersecurity legislation

Bills would place cyber adviser in White House, regulate private network security .

Agencies work together to track contracts in war zones

Defense, State and USAID say they are committed to success of common procurement database.

Tipping Point

Escalating drug-related violence in Mexico could trigger demagoguery in U.S. politics.

Defense secretary weighs fate of Future Combat Systems

The most expensive and far-reaching technological endeavor in the Army's history faces budget cuts, possible cancellation.

Senators unveil bill to streamline hiring process

Legislation would eliminate knowledge, skills and abilities essays, and require plain-language job postings.

GAO: Staggering cost overruns dwarf modest improvements in Defense acquisition

A shortage of government engineers and contract managers contributes to problems, says report.

Senator says Defense chief will reveal budget cuts ahead of Obama

Gates canceled plans to attend the NATO 60th anniversary summit in France so he could stay in Washington to wrap up work on the fiscal 2010 budget.

TARP oversight agencies ask Treasury, Fed for answers

Watchdogs want more authority to monitor and examine the finances of the bailout effort.