The Air Force plans to launch two operational satellites and one experimental one July 23 that could create a "space neighborhood watch capability," according to a press release.
The Air Force plans to reduce costs and personnel by offering early retirement to 3,500 civilian workers, a July 14 Air Force statement says. The reduction is part of a Defense Department initiative that requires each military branch to cut costs and staff by at least 20 percent by 2019, saving the Air Force about $1.6 billion over the next five years.
The collapse and cancellation of a major Air Force enterprise resource management software program was caused by a combination of faulty leadership, cultural resistance and failure to follow Defense Department and congressionally mandated business rules, a bipartisan Senate report found.
Defense Department officials have begun to observe real impacts of climate change on military facilities, but poor planning and processes leave the department ill-equipped to protect infrastructure that may be at risk, says the Government Accountability Office.
Despite some positive developments in implementing an open systems approach to product development, congressional investigators found that the Defense Department faces several challenges, namely a preference to purchase proprietary systems.
The Navy Department's Superior Supplier Incentive Program, a pilot program launched as part of the Defense Department's Better Buying Power initiative, will be adopted broadly across the department, said a top DoD official.
The Defense Department would see nearly $500 billion in discretionary funding in fiscal 2015 under a bill passed by the House Appropriations Committee June 10. The $491 billion spending bill (pdf) would increase DoD appropriations by $4.1 billion over the fiscal 2014 enacted level and $200 million more than President Obama's request.
Two federal employees admitted to partisan political activity in the run up to the 2012 presidential election – a violation of federal law. The Hatch Act prohibits all federal employees from soliciting, accepting, or receiving political contributions from any person and they may not engage in any political activity while on duty or in the federal workplace.
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.