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9:45 pm, October 31, 2014

Jared Serbu Reports

Jared Serbu covers the Department of Defense for Federal News Radio. Jared's reports can be heard Monday - Friday on the Federal Drive and In Depth.

DoD to ramp up deployment of Apple, Android smartphones

The Defense Department, long beholden to BlackBerry as its main mobility solution, plans to increase its use of Apple and Android smartphones tenfold over the next year.

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 04:26am EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Declassifying cyber doctrine, institutionalizing rapid acquisition and credit card perks

In this edition of "Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook," the Pentagon declassifies its long-awaited joint doctrine for cyberspace operations; DoD tries to institutionalize gains on rapid acquisition, but much depends on the workforce; the Pentagon announces several policy changes to cut travel expenses; and DISA shops for expansion of its classified commercial smartphone service.

Monday - 10/27/2014, 04:18am EDT

Marine Corps weeks away from beta testing BYOD approach

The Marine Corps will begin a small scale pilot in the next several weeks to determine whether commercial-grade security containers on mobile devices can meet DoD's security demands. If it's successful, Marines envision a BYOD strategy that begins implementation as soon as next year.

Friday - 10/24/2014, 04:01am EDT
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Army changing its energy culture through better data

By the end of next year, the Army will install advanced electric meters at most of its large buildings, giving the service much more detailed data on how it uses energy than it's ever seen before.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 03:58am EDT
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Army evolves its network integration process

The Army's network integration exercises will emphasize more lab testing and less integration during the NIE itself. Future NIEs will be biased toward programs of record, not off-the-shelf technologies.

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 04:01am EDT
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Report: Sequestration slashed DoD contract spending by 16 percent in 2013

Analysis by the Center for Strategic and International Studies shows R&D took the biggest hit, dropping by 21 percent in a single year. But payments to large firms and spending on large contracts got some degree of protection.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 08:32am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Congress has repeatedly tried to eliminate the problem of defense acquisition programs that cost more than they're supposed to and take too long to deliver. After several decades of attempts, it might be time to admit that lawmakers can't solve all of the Pentagon's purchasing problems. As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu explains.

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 10:15am EDT
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After decades of DoD acquisition reform, Congress has yet to tackle cultural issues

Big programs at DoD continue to overspend their budgets and blow past their schedules because of unrealistic requirements and rosy cost projections. As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, several acquisition experts pointed out that DoD acquisition is one of the most studied problems in the history of government.

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 04:52am EDT
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Army looking past push-ups, math scores to fill its future ranks

For now, push-ups and math scores are the main methods the Army uses to screen potential recruits. But officials say they are studying measures that take a "whole person" approach identifying future soldiers.

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 07:20am EDT

Army aims for complex battlefield simulations in real-time, via smartphones

As part of a project dubbed Command Post 2025, the Army wants to begin running complex modeling and simulation programs on the battlefield, using low-power devices in austere conditions.

Friday - 10/10/2014, 05:12am EDT

DoD, DHS push 'fly before you buy' approach to acquisition

The Defense and Homeland Security departments both say they are putting their programs on a path that will insist that technologies are rigorously tested before they commit to expensive acquisition strategies.

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 04:19am EDT

Review finds Military Health System has no systemic problems

A Pentagon review of the military's health facilities concluded the quality of DoD's medical system is generally in line with what's offered by private sector providers. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said "average" is not good enough.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 03:44am EDT

On DoD: John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

On this week's On DoD, John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, says the role of an IG is to effectuate change. In his words, "If it's worth publishing, it's worth publicizing."

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 03:00pm EDT

Congressional resistance to cost-cutting opens $70B hole in DoD budget

The Pentagon will begin a new fiscal year under yet another continuing resolution. When a budget finally is passed, Defense Department officials expect Congress to reject a significant number of proposals to cut DoD's own costs.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 03:53am EDT
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Army will spend up to $7.2 billion on consolidation of its intelligence contracts

The Army's Intelligence and National Security Command made awards to 21 firms under an indefinite-delivery contract called Global Intelligence Support Services. This story is part of Jared Serbu's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:45am EDT

Better Buying Power 3.0 doesn't mention LPTA contracts, but DoD says it remains ‘aware' of industry concerns

Careful observers of last week's rollout of Better Buying Power 3.0 - the "technological superiority" edition of the Pentagon's ongoing acquisition improvement program - will have noticed that there was no mention this time around of Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) contracts. This story is part of Jared Serbu's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:37am EDT

Halvorsen wants more discrete deliverables on path to JIE

This week's Q&A between reporters and Halvorsen -- the first in what he promised will be quarterly chats with the press -- also included a fair amount of discussion about his overall management approach in the CIO position. This story is part of Jared Serbu's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:29am EDT

Pentagon sees big savings in cutting duplicate databases

IT officials in DoD and within the military services have made no secret of the fact that they have many of examples of overlapping systems with duplicate data, and identifying an authoritative data source is often quite difficult. This post is part of Jared Serbu's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook feature.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:25am EDT

DoD to propose stricter lending protections for military members

The Defense Department is set to propose tighter rules that it says would close several loopholes in current regulations that are designed to protect service members from predatory lenders. This story is part of Jared Serbu's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:17am EDT

Army's new cyber center aims to build top-notch cyber forces, not ‘exquisite stovepipes'

The leader of the Army's new Cyber Center of Excellence says his job is not merely to build the cyber workforce, but to integrate that up-and-coming capability with the Army's existing signals and intelligence disciplines.

Friday - 09/26/2014, 02:41pm EDT
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