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Changing Pace

November 1, 2012 With the threat of automatic budget cuts hanging over the Pentagon—picture tens of thousands of civilian layoffs, unpaid furloughs and multibillion-dollar programs thrown into turmoil—Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale could offer little reassurance to a nervous defense community at a public appearance in late September. “There isn’t a plan,” he...

Pentagon is trying to keep the biggest defense program in history on track

August 16, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Vice Adm. David Venlet was just about to hang up his Navy blues as chief of Naval Air Systems Command in the summer of 2010, ready to decompress from the hectic world of Defense Department acquisition by engaging in his favorite hobby: fishing. Then Defense Secretary Robert Gates came calling....

Course Correction

August 15, 2012 Vice Adm. David Venlet was just about to hang up his Navy blues as chief of Naval Air Systems Command in the summer of 2010, ready to decompress from the hectic world of Defense Department acquisition by engaging in his favorite hobby: fishing. Then Defense Secretary Robert Gates came calling....

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