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6:01 pm, March 4, 2015

Air Force News

James announces 9 steps to a more diverse Air Force

Troubled by a lack of women and minorities at the Air Force's higher levels, its leaders are rolling out nine initiatives focusing on recruitment, promotions and retention. "This is not just about how we look. It's about our readiness and capabilities today and in the future," Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said.

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A look at the 2016 defense budget

Bloomberg Government analysts Robert levinson and Cameron Leuthy join host Roger Waldron to to talk about what's in the fiscal year 2016 defense budget.
February 24, 2015

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 07:56pm EST
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All things procurement

Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joins host Mark Amtower to discuss the top procurement issues in 2015, and how they are impacting contractors.
February 23, 2015

Monday - 02/23/2015, 08:54pm EST
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Air Force cancels suspension of FedBid

FedBid and the Air Force came to an agreement to end the reverse auction company's stay from bidding on new contracts. FedBid must implement and maintain a code of business and ethics conduct program and have a third party report on its efforts for a year. Additionally, Ali Saadat, the founder and former CEO of FedBid, resigned on Feb. 5.

Monday - 02/23/2015, 10:26am EST

Air Force claims $2 billion in acquisition savings from 'should-cost' management

Over five years, Air Force has beat the independent cost estimates in its acquisition programs by a collective $2 billion, according to the service's assistant secretary for acquisition. Some of the savings have been returned to the Air Force's top line, but acquisition managers have been allowed to plow some of the money back into their own programs.

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 10:46am EST
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On DoD: Air Force modernizes its bases through utility privatization

Air Force works to manage on-base utility costs through advanced metering initiative and privatization of aging infrastructure.

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 02:06pm EST
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Mandy Smithberger, CDI Straus Military Reform Project, POGO

The Air Force is campaigning to get rid of the A-10 aircraft program. But the numbers it's using to justify killing the A-10 aren't the real numbers, according to Mandy Smithberger. She's director of the CDI Straus Military Reform Project for the Project on Government Oversight. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she expained why that is.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 04:36pm EST
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Army to soldiers: get some sleep

As part of a major public health campaign called the "performance triad" the Army wants its soldiers to have healthy exercise, nutrition and sleep routines.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 03:45am EST

Air Force suspends, begins debarment process of FedBid

The Air Force's decision comes after the Veterans Affairs IG found alleged procurement fraud, intimidation and threats against a federal official. FedBid says it's cooperating with the Air Force and believes it took the necessary steps to fix the problems.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 06:32pm EST

Air Force picks San Antonio to centralize its base support functions

The new Installation and Mission Support Center will be based at Joint Base San Antonio, the Air Force announced this week - disappointing other contenders in the communities around Scott AFB in Illinois, Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia and Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio.

Monday - 01/26/2015, 04:54am EST

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Military systems weak to even low-level hacks, Air Force centralizes its base support

In this week's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, a Pentagon report says DoD systems are vulnerable to low-level hackers, the Air Force consolidates base support in San Antonio, a VA IG audit finds the agency isn't living up to its accountability standards and DISA's top cyber official retires this week.

Monday - 01/26/2015, 04:41am EST

Air Force to ask for base closures, aircraft retirements despite repeated rebuffs

As is typical, Defense leaders are not sharing many details about next year's budget proposal prior to its expected February release. But the Air Force is making clear it's gearing up for another fight on BRAC and aircraft divestitures, and thinks it might win this time.

Monday - 01/19/2015, 03:54am EST
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August Cole, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

New acquisition initiatives are out from the Air Force. The search for innovation in acquisition takes many IT leaders in government to Silicon Valley. August Cole is Director of the Art of Future War program in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council. He's also a writer-in-residence at Avascent. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the defense industrial base should engage Silicon Valley.

Friday - 01/16/2015, 04:38pm EST
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Air Force to reshape 'cost curve' via targeted acquisition reforms

A new series of acquisition changes called "Bending the Cost Curve" aims to make the overall Air Force acquisition process more responsive to technological advances, and reduce the time it takes to buy major weapons systems. The Air Force Research Lab will host a technology challenge program with the largest award in military history.

Friday - 01/16/2015, 04:00am EST

Air Force evolves its cybersecurity as JIE comes into focus

Air Force CIO Lt. Gen. Bill Bender said the service is baking in role-based authentication capabilities as part of its move to the MilCloud. He said the Joint Regional Security Stacks (JRSS) will help the Air Force move out of its AFNet architecture.

Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 04:49am EST
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Training military doctors from enlisted ranks, program gives soldiers a boost in science

A new program through the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences' F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine will give men and women in the enlisted ranks of the military two years of undergraduate-level science coursework meant to prepare them for the rigorous Medical College Admission Test (MCATs).

Friday - 01/02/2015, 11:48am EST
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Success after service

Jeffrey Cathey and Lewis Runnion with Bank of America will discuss how the company is helping veterans find jobs in the private sector after they complete their military service.
December 26, 2014

Friday - 12/26/2014, 08:32pm EST
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The 100,000 Jobs Mission: Is it a success?

Maureen Casey with JP Morgan Chase and Company, and the Rand Corporation's Dr. Margaret Harrell, join host Derrick Dortch to talk about a new report that looks at lessons learned from a program that helps veterans find jobs in private sector.
December 19, 2014

Friday - 12/19/2014, 07:56pm EST
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Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein, Commander, 20th Air Force

The Air Force recently completed a test launch of one of its Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missiles. The 5,000 mile flight test was supported by Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and several other contractors. So how does the Air Force maintain readiness of the ICBM fleet? How can it assure the Commander-in-Chief that in the unlikely event of a real launch, the 40-year-old missiles would go where they're supposed to? Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein, Commander of the 20th Air Force, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the test flight and the ICMB program.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 12:30pm EST
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Pentagon launching new review of LPTA contracts

Industry seems to think "lowest-price technically acceptable" contracts are pervasive and are causing many firms to lose money on contracts. But Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's acquisition chief, has told us before that he suspects a few high-profile cases have blown the whole thing out of proportion.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 04:30am EST
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