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Navy issues first contract under new data center consolidation plan

IBM wins first contract in Navy's new "tiered" approach to data center consolidation. The service plans to award several more contracts between now and the end of fiscal 2014.

Thursday - 06/12/2014, 11:39am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy has just awarded the first of what it says will be several contracts aimed toward resetting its data center consolidation efforts. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the service wasn't happy with the progress it was making up until now, and the new plan will lean heavily on commercial hosting providers. Read Jared's related story.

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 04:26pm EDT
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Nora Bensahel, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

The release of the National Defense Panel's analysis of the Quadrennial Defense Review is just a few weeks away. That panel is Congress' independent review board for the QDR. Nora Bensahel is senior fellow and co-director of the Responsible Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security. She was a guest for Pentagon Solutions on In Depth with Francis Rose. Her latest work is titled "Beyond the QDR: Key Issues Facing the National Defense Panel." She says the QDR doesn't break much new ground, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 01:37pm EDT
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Bonus pay is part of Air Force nuke force reforms

The Air Force intends to offer bonus money and other incentives to members of its nuclear missile corps as part of a broader plan to fix what ails the force.

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 11:50am EDT

Brett Lambert, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense

Billionaire entrepreneur and founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk, is breaking a major unwritten rule in government contracting. He's suing his customer. SpaceX is suing the Air Force after the department awarded a satellite launch contract to a joint business between Lockheed Martin and Boeing. Brett Lambert is former assistant secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy. He spoke on In Depth with Francis Rose about how common this is within the defense contracting community.

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 03:00pm EDT
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Kit Lavell, Executive Vice President, Strategic Operations, Inc.

You've heard about movie directors studying the military to make true-to-life films, but the military is also using Hollywood to prepare for battle. Active shooter situations, improvised explosive devices and car crashes are all a part of the Intensive Surgical Skills course at Strategic Operations, Inc. Backed by the Defense Department, the company has trained more than 750,000 military personnel. Navy veteran and Executive Vice President Kit Lavell joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the course.

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 08:20am EDT
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Records: Va. Navy stabbing occurred in barracks

A stabbing at a Virginia Navy installation that led to a massive manhunt occurred in the facility's barracks, not at the Navy Exchange, according to court records filed Monday.

Monday - 06/09/2014, 07:10pm EDT

Gordon Chang, Contributor, Forbes.com

The Pentagon says the Chinese military threat is growing because China steals intellectual property from the United States in giant quantities. DoD's new congressional report on China details violations of U.S. copyright and export laws by Chinese intelligence programs stealing national security technology. Gordon Chang, a contributor to Forbes.com, writes their New Asia column.

Monday - 06/09/2014, 06:17pm EDT
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Sean Kern, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity, National Defense University

The United States needs a national certification program for cybersecurity professionals, according to some cyber experts. Sean Kern, assistant professor of cybersecurity at the National Defense University, writes about what a cyber certification would include.

Monday - 06/09/2014, 05:59pm EDT
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Julie Kowalsky, Curator, Naval History and Heritage Command

The Naval History and Heritage Command is rolling up its sleeves to rediscover the Navy's hidden treasures. The small staff is in the middle of an effort to catalog, photograph and rehouse its popular weapons collection that dates back to the 17th century. Julie Kowalsky, curator with the Naval History and Heritage Command, spoke with Jason Miller on the Federal Drive about the collection.

Monday - 06/09/2014, 09:42am EDT
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Alphonso Maldon, Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission

It's the elephant in the room: military pay and benefits are overwhelming the Defense Department's budget. But Congress doesn't want to cut them, so it appoints an independent commission to do it by next February. Alphonso Maldon is chairman of the commission. He told Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive, the nine members have reviewed everything from recruitment to retirement, paychecks and housing allowance to health care.

Monday - 06/09/2014, 09:02am EDT
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Big development at MARC station near Fort Meade

Maryland Transportation Secretary James Smith is joining other state, local and Fort Meade officials in breaking ground for a $180 million development to serve the growing number of people using MARC commuter rail service near the Army installation.

Monday - 06/09/2014, 08:50am EDT

Navy: Suspect in Virginia stabbing arrested

Navy: Man suspected of stabbing fellow sailor at Virginia Navy site has been arrested

Friday - 06/06/2014, 08:29pm EDT

Navy: Suspect in Virginia stabbing arrested

The Navy says law enforcement officials have arrested the man suspected of stabbing a fellow sailor near a naval hospital, ending an hours-long manhunt.

Friday - 06/06/2014, 08:10pm EDT

Dunford, Carter ascend to new leadership roles in Navy Department

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Gen. Joe Dunford is the new Marine Corps commandant nominee, and Rear Adm. Walter Carter Jr. has been nominated to lead the U.S. Naval Academy.

Friday - 06/06/2014, 01:20pm EDT

David Barno, Center for a New American Security

President Obama says most troops will be out of Afghanistan by the end of 2016. Some of the billions of dollars worth of equipment over there will come back to be refurbished. Some will have to be sold or destroyed. All those people combined with all of the gear is a major logistics effort. How can the military pull it off? Army Lt. Gen. Dave Barno (Ret.) is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the challenges the Defense Department will face as it withdraws from Afghanistan.

Friday - 06/06/2014, 10:40am EDT
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Blue Angels commander reprimanded for 'hostile work environment'

Capt. Gregory McWherter, a former commanding officer of the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels, was found guilty of failing to stop repeated examples of sexual harassment and condoning widespread lewd practices within the squadron.

Friday - 06/06/2014, 04:00am EDT

On DoD: William LaPlante, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition

Dr. William LaPlante, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition is Jared Serbu's guest for the full hour on this edition of On DoD. LaPlante talks with Jared about his five top priorities' for Air Force acquisition.

Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 04:56pm EDT
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Michael Vickers, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence

Strong intelligence is now the first priority of national security policy, according to Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers. He talks about the intersection of intelligence gathering and national security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He says the phrase intelligence is our first line of defense isn't just an old cliché anymore.

Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 04:45pm EDT
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Barry Pavel, Director, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security

Both the Pentagon and Congress are missing a critical piece of national security strategy in the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. Barry Pavel, vice president of the Atlantic Council and director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, joined Francis Rose for Pentagon Solutions. Barry writes policymakers need to consider a formal strategy to address the power of the individual.

Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 04:05pm EDT
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