Though the military promotes its best officers to the rank of general and admiral, those officers might not be prepared for a job that focuses on a business management position, an Oct. 28 Center for a New American Security report says. "Most officers selected for their first star are operational standouts, heavily steeped in tactics and fighting," the report says. But those officers often lack exposure to the different demands surrounding the corporate management of the military.
Top military officials told a House panel Wednesday that continued sequestration would make it impossible to plan for new acquisitions, and that maintenance will have to be differed on the current military fleet. If the mandatory budget cuts continue, the Air Force would have to delay purchasing four to five F-35 joint strike fighters from its requested amount of 19, Principal Deputy Assistant Air Force Secretary William LaPlante told the House Armed Services Committee subcommittee on tactical air and land forces in an Oct. 23 hearing.
The Army is set to move forward with the second phase of its Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, announcing earlier this month that the Defense Department has approved further production and fielding of the project.
If sequestration cuts continue, they could devastate military readiness and dramatically slow down modernization spending, an Oct. 11 Bipartisan Policy Center report says. The report says the full brunt of sequestration cuts hasn't hit yet, but sequestration cuts will compromise force readiness.
The federal strategic sourcing program advanced Oct. 9 with two solicitations from the General Services Administration for bulk purchases, one for janitorial supplies and the other for maintenance equipment. The two solicitations involve products that cost the government more than $1 billion annually, and GSA estimates that strategic sourcing will reduce their cost by 10-20 percent.
The Army hopes it can improve the capabilities of cyber operations, electronic warfare and electromagnetic spectrum network operations by encouraging collaboration among them, said Col. Carmine Cicalese, chief of Army cyberspace and information operations during a recent television appearance. Army currently has eight centers of excellence that it hopes can absorb the consolidation of 32 schools for cyber, electronic warfare and spectrum operations.
Army Chief Information Office and G6 Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence is leaving her position, posting a final message online on Oct. 1. Lawrence's tenure saw the service migrating to a departmentwide Microsoft Exchange cloud solution for email--an effort that wasn't without challenge, leading Lawrence in August 2011 to announce an operational pause. "We uncovered some pretty nasty stuff," said Lawrence at the time, citing an unorganized network as the primary culprit for the delay
Auditors are again finding problems with the Army's $1.4 billion enterprise resource planning system for its general ledger known as the General Fund Enterprise Business System, stating in a new report (.pdf) that it falls short on its real property functions.
Between 2000 and 2011, mental health diagnoses rose 65 percent among active duty service members and in 2011 mental disorders accounted for more hospitalizations of service members than any other illness, an Aug. 8 Congressional Research Service report (.pdf) says.
Almost 3,400 civilian military medical workers quit their jobs in the months when furloughs were being carried out, the majority coming from Army medical facilities, an Aug. 28 USA Today report says. Due to sequestration, the DoD faced $37 billion in spending cuts and furloughed about 700,000 civilian workers for 6 days