The Air Force thinks it's paying more for its goods and services than it should and wants to put pressure on its contractors to reduce costs in their supply chain. Previously, when the Air Force negotiated contracts, much of it went to prime contractors, but now 60 to 70 percent of that is subcontracted, said the Air Force's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Contracting Wendy Masiello.
President Obama's fiscal 2015 budget proposal requests $495.6 billion in base funding for the Defense Department. That number includes $147.6 billion for the Navy, $137.7 billion for the Air Force and $120.3 billion for the Army.
The Air Force began the rollout of 5,000 iPhones and iPads to modernize its commercial devices earlier this month.
An Air Force general announced Feb. 21 the launch later this year of a previously classified satellite "neighborhood watch" constellation that will surveil space for covert satellites and debris.
In the wake of recent military cheating scandal, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will appoint a senior officer to oversee ethical issues at the Defense Department.
The Air Force headquarters has transitioned its unclassified email accounts to the Defense Department's cloud-based email system, DoD Enterprise Email.
The number of nuclear-missile officers tied to an exam cheating scandal at a Montana base jumped to 92 and Air Force officials called the problem systemic in a Jan. 30 Pentagon press conference.
An initiative to reduce overhead costs throughout the Defense Department by $100 billion needs a formal evaluation system, a report from the Government Accountability Office says.
The Air Force Research Laboratory outlined its pursuit of numerous mobile technologies in a recent broad agency announcement. One would allow mobile devices to authenticate Common Access Cards through near-field communication, the technology that allows devices to communicate when they touch.
A mix of benefits cuts and military force reductions at the Defense Department could drastically reduce the Pentagon budget, said Congressional Budget Office analyst Carla Tighe Murray to a group of government workers and federal budget experts.