Christopher J. Castelli

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Daily News | June 28, 2013

Senate authorizers want the Pentagon to develop an overarching strategy for prepositioning military equipment worldwide to eliminate unnecessary duplication among the armed services' programs and glean significant savings.

The Insider | June 26, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today threw cold water on the idea that the Pentagon might publicly detail the findings of its Strategic Choices and Management Review.

The Insider | June 26, 2013

President Obama will renominate Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. James Winnefeld to continue serving in their positions for second two-year terms, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters today.

Daily News | June 26, 2013

Lawmakers are pressing the Pentagon for more information about software risks that pose the greatest technical challenge to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.

Daily News | June 26, 2013

Senate authorizers want the Government Accountability Office to review how well the Defense Department's configuration steering boards have fended off "requirements creep" in major weapons programs.

The Insider | June 21, 2013

The White House today announced that Jon Rymer, the inspector general of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and a 33-year veteran of the active and Reserve components of the Army, would be nominated to become DOD's IG, filling a vacant position.

Daily News | June 21, 2013

The Pentagon is poised to issue the armed services and defense agencies classified fiscal guidance for the upcoming long-term budget cycle following Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s recent talks with the military's top brass on looming strategic choices.

Daily News | June 14, 2013

The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved a $625.1 billion defense authorization bill for fiscal year 2014, cutting $43 million from the administration's request for the base budget and war spending.

Daily News | June 13, 2013

The Defense Department must take the unprecedented step of examining multiple budget scenarios in the upcoming Quadrennial Defense Review, according to the Pentagon's top officer.

Daily News | June 12, 2013

Absent full congressional approval for the Defense Department's $9.6 billion reprogramming package, delivered to lawmakers in May, the Pentagon will prepare and submit to lawmakers another reprogramming request, DOD Comptroller Robert Hale said today.

The Insider | June 12, 2013

The Pentagon may one day create a joint organization like U.S. Special Operations Command to oversee more directly all U.S. military forces associated with cyberwarfare, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said today.

The Insider | June 11, 2013

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) today urged Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to submit a supplemental budget request to Capitol Hill to cover higher-than-expected war costs, but Hagel was noncommittal.

Daily News | June 10, 2013

Lawmakers are urging Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to rethink the need for the Defense Department's Air-Sea Battle office, suggesting it could be "wasteful bureaucracy."

The Insider | June 10, 2013

House authorizers are pressing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to ensure that the Pentagon's upcoming Quadrennial Defense Review includes energy-security assessments.

Daily News | June 7, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will meet next week with service leaders and combatant commanders to discuss the department's Strategic Choices and Management Review and consider options for shrinking forces, curtailing capabilities and making other big changes in response to looming fiscal challenges, according to Pentagon and service sources.

Daily News | June 6, 2013

The Defense Department will have to release the details of its Strategic Choices and Management Review to an independent oversight panel if legislative language approved today by the House Armed Services Committee becomes law.

The Insider | June 5, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a statement today strongly endorsing President Obama's selection of Susan Rice to be the new White House national security adviser.

Daily News | June 5, 2013

Pentagon officials have scoured the defense budget during their review of strategic choices, preparing the Defense Department to make balanced spending changes amid great fiscal uncertainty, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said today.

Daily News | June 3, 2013

Defense experts from an array of thinks tanks today issued an open letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and lawmakers urging tough, painful and unpopular decisions to close excess bases, shrink the Pentagon's civilian workforce and cut military compensation costs.

Daily News | May 31, 2013

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter issued guidance this week formally directing military officials to prepare spending blueprints for fiscal years 2014, 2015 and beyond that include reductions of up to 10 percent.

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