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Pentagon Bolsters Homeland Defense Office, Adds New CIO Responsibilities; Chuck Hagel Comments

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Chuck Hagel
Chuck Hagel

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has unveiled plans to reduce contractors and staffers in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in an effort to save at least $1 billion by 2019, Breaking Defense reported Wednesday.

Sydney Freedberg writes Hagel announced the move during a Wednesday press conference at the Pentagon along with Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Hagel told reporters that OSD will eliminate 200 positions over the next five years, according to the article.

The Pentagon has also reorganized the functions of its deputy chief management officer, chief information officer and assistant secretary for homeland defense, Freedberg writes.

Breaking Defense reports the DCMO will oversee citizen’s privacy and civil liberty protections and the CIO will assume some of the DCMO’s information technology duties.

The homeland defense office will take over several other offices working on space, cybersecurity, anti-weapons of mass destruction campaigns, the article states.

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