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Defense Roundup: MOH for Another COP Keating Hero, Sequester Blues, Sequestered F-35 jokes (20% Fewer)

House Approves 2014 Defense Spending Bill

John T. Bennett (@BennettJohnT), Marine Corps Times. In a surprisingly anti-climatic vote on Wednesday evening the House of Representatives approved a nearly $600 billion defense spending bill for next year after a very controversial floor fight over the NSA’s surveillance programs. The bill essentially ignores sequestration while giving $512.5 billion for the base DoD budget and some $82 billion for overseas operations. The base budget is down $3 billion from what the administration requested and even the overseas operating budget took some unusual cuts this time around of $3.5 billion on a bipartisan amendment. The big fight was over an amendment from libertarian…

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Defense Roundup: “There is no good news,” MOH Recipient Heading to North Korea, UAVs headed to DC

Hagel Can’t Offer Any Hope in Budget Cuts

Lara Jakes (@larajakesap), Associated Press. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is clearly not trying for the “it’s all going to be okay” parenting approach when discussing the budget circumstances of his department with service members, their families, and the department’s civilian employees. He spent much of last week on the road visiting military bases as the first week of civilian furloughs began with tough stories across the nation. Hagel traveled with a depressing message with the hopes of averting more budget pain for the military. His bottom line message is that unless Congress fixes the sequestration budget cuts, things are going…

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Defense Roundup: Furlough Fridays and Furlough Futures, Danger Zone for Pilots as Drone Lands on Carrier, VA Supporting More Homeless Vets

Ex-Army Corps Official Sentenced in Contracting Scheme of ‘Historic Proportions’

Ann Marimow (@amarimow), Washington Post. The leader of what has been described as one of the most egregious government contracting fraud schemes in history was sentenced to nearly two decades in jail after stealing over $30 million from the Army Corps of Engineers over four years. Kerry Kahn worked with a ring of fellow government contracting officials and contractors to rig bids, inflate invoices, and orchestrate kickbacks. The money fueled a multi-continent network of mistresses and purchases that defied logic when it was exposed. Federal authorities say the investigation is still ongoing with over a dozen individuals ensnared in…

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Defense Roundup: Brigade Cuts Start Big Shifts, Contractors Still in the News for Wrong Reasons

Hewlett-Packard Beats CSC for $3.5 Billion Navy Contract

Nick Taborek and Tony Capaccio (@acapaccio), Bloomberg. Hewlett-Packard has won the long awaited award for the Navy’s Next Generation Enterprise Network over a team led by Computer Sciences Corporation valued at up to $3.5 billion through 2018. The contract is the largest single information-technology project in the federal government and will manage the service’s 800,000-user intranet. HP teamed with Lockheed Martin, IBM, AT&T and Northrop Grumman on the effort which allows it to continue running the Navy’s IT backbone as it has since 2008. The contract has gone through several modifications through the process as budget cuts and competition have seen the…

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Defense Roundup: UAVs and JLTVs, Boeing has a bad week, #VAEndedTheBacklog nigh, TIME Magazine misses an opportunity to put Jake Wood on its cover

U.S. Probes Firm That Vetted NSA Leaker

Dion Nissenbaum, (@dionnissenbaum) Wall Street Journal. The hits just keep on coming with the continuing saga of former Booz Allen Hamilton contractor Edward Snowden and his massive theft and subsequent leaking of NSA secret programs. Among the twists this week is the revelation that the federal contractor that conducts 45% of all of the background checks for security clearances, Falls Church, Va. based USIS, has been under investigation for a year for contracting fraud. The company that was formerly part of the US government before spinning off in 1996 and is now owned by private equity firm Providence is accused having a

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