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Hearing will examine Pentagon drive to save money on contracting
ARLINGTON, VA – March 22, 2011 – A March 28 hearing of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan will check on Pentagon progress toward saving money on federal contracting for contingencies such as the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.

Under Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter will testify and be questioned on his “Better Buying Power” campaign and other efforts in his Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics function to increase contractor competition, improve federal acquisition practice, and reduce costs. The focus will be on how his effort relates to DoD contingency contracting.

The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 28, in Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, and will adjourn at 11:30 a.m. The hearing is open to the public and to media.

The Department of Defense spends heavily on contracts. As Carter noted in a February speech, $400 billion of the Pentagon’s current $700 billion baseline plus war-supplemental budget goes to contracts for goods and services. Contractors provide weapons, food, clothing, and equipment to the military, but more than half of contract spending is for service contracts such as base life support (food service, laundry, etc.), security, translation, construction, transportation, maintenance, and supply movement.

In the specific areas of contingency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the commission estimates that total federal funds obligated since 2001 on contracts and grants by Defense, the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and other federal agencies totals at least $177 billion from the conflicts’ trillion-dollar total cost. (Click HERE for article)

Retired Army general will lead ManTech’s strategic initiatives
Daniel Keefe was a senior vice president and general manager at L-3 Communications
David Hubler – (WashingtonTechnology) – March 21, 2011 – ManTech International Corp. has named retired Army Gen. Daniel Keefe senior vice president for strategic initiatives in its Technical Services Group.

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