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2:20 am, August 1, 2014

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Navy plans action this year on two large pathways to alternative fuel

Navy says the Defense Production Act and a new partnership with USDA will help it generate several hundred million gallons per year of U.S.-based biofuel. The solicitations it plans to issue over the next year are a key stepping stone to the Navy's goal of getting half its energy from alternative sources by 2020.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 04:36am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy says it will move forward this year to create two new acquisition vehicles to ensure it has a stable supply of advanced biofuels. And as Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu reports, the service says it won't be any more expensive than petroleum products.

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 05:36pm EDT
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Dr. Heather Willauer, Research Chemist, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

Renewable energy is a big priority for the Department of the Navy. The ultimate renewable energy source for a ship at sea is of course seawater. Now the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory is making big steps toward using seawater for fuel. Dr. Heather Willauer, research chemist at the Naval Research Laboratory, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what they've found on the path to making seawater fuel the Navy's fleet.

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 05:26pm EDT
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Maureen Sullivan, Office of the Secretary of Defense

The Defense Department names nine winners for the 2014 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards. They choose the winners from 33 nominations. The winners represent nine different categories and six subject areas. Maureen Sullivan, director of environment, safety and occupational health at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, discusses a few of the highlights of the winners with In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 04:51pm EDT
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Post-9/11 military build-up reversal hits officers

As wars wind down, budgets shrink, US Army officers are being booted out of the service

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 12:46pm EDT

Dr. Kenton Gregory, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer, RevMedX

A new medical device is coming to aid soldiers on the battlefield. XSTAT is an expandable, multi-sponge dressing that controls bleeding in areas where tourniquets cannot. The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the device. Dr. Kenton Gregory is chairman and chief technology officer at RevMedX, the company that makes XSTAT. He told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how the device works.

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 10:55am EDT
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Army shrinking the size of its workforce

The Army says it must shrink to 490,000 by October 2015, and then to 450,000 two years later. If automatic budget cuts resume, the Army will have to reduce to 420,000. The Associated Press reports while a lot of the reduction may come from voluntary retirements, resignations and decreased enlistments, Army commanders will have to force as many as 3,000 officers to leave by the end of October 2015. Of those, nearly 1,500 are captains, 550 are majors.

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 08:46am EDT

Belva Martin, Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues, GAO

The Defense Department issues far more sole source contracts than any other agency. Full and open competition is supposed to be the holy grail of awarding Federal contracts. Figuring out when sole source contracts are OK and when they're not is drawing attention from Congress. Belva Martin, director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about a new report that says little competition isn't always a good thing.

Monday - 04/21/2014, 06:28pm EDT
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Mark Gunzinger, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Today's Combat Air Force has the fewest bombers and fighters and the oldest aircraft ever. The Defense Department and Congress are hitting a sweet spot to fix that, according to two experts in military aviation. Mark Gunzinger, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, writes about the future of the Air Force with retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Dave Deptula, now a senior scholar at the Air Force Academy. Gunzinger talks to In Depth with Francis Rose about revamping the Air Force for the next fight.

Monday - 04/21/2014, 06:13pm EDT
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Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett (Ret.), president, National Guard Association

An independent commission to make recommendations about the restructuring of the Army isn't meeting with much welcome from Army leaders. But it does have some support. Retired Army Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, president of the National Guard Association, is one of the most outspoken advocates for the outside commission. He told In Depth with Francis Rose the Army needs an outside look before it downsizes.

Monday - 04/21/2014, 06:01pm EDT
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David Barno, Center for a New American Security

In the military, combat experience helps you climb the career ladder. The lack of it can set you back. As the United States enters what is believed to be an era of peace, what does that mean for young cadets' job prospects? Will they be relegated to second-tier jobs behind those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan? Army Lt. Gen. David Barno (Ret.), a senior fellow and co-director of the Responsible Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security, explained the promotion system to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Monday - 04/21/2014, 09:53am EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Too many $31 staplers in DoD, NGA turns to open source

"Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook" is biweekly feature focused on news about the Defense Department and defense community as gathered by Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Friday - 04/18/2014, 05:25pm EDT

Intelligence Community adapts to 'crisis as the new normal'

As the Intelligence Community gets ready for the launch of shared IT environment ICITE, some of the biggest hurdles may be human and not technical ones.

Friday - 04/18/2014, 02:25pm EDT
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On DoD: DoD's procurement policy director creates a buzz

DoD Reporter Jared Serbu talks to Dick Ginman, DoD's director for procurement and acquisition policy, and Letitia Long, the director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.

Friday - 04/18/2014, 01:54pm EDT
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John Curnutt, Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training

From Fort Hood to Naval Station Norfolk, recent shootings have prompted some to question whether the Defense Department provides enough training for active-shooter situations. The department requires first responders to follow the standard "run, hide, fight" guidance. But some say potential victims should be trained, too. Police officer John Curnutt is director of training for the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training program (ALERRT) in San Antonio, Texas. He told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that the best practice in any active shooter situation is a layered system.

Friday - 04/18/2014, 09:40am EDT
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US to help Ukraine

The U.S. is planning to send medical supplies, helmets and other non-lethal aid to the Ukrainian military in response to Russia's aggressive activities, which the U.S. says are designed to destabilize that country. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said at a news conference that he spoke to Ukraine's acting defense minister to tell him that President Barack Obama had approved the assistance. But, he pointed out, the aid doesn't include any weapons.

Friday - 04/18/2014, 08:50am EDT

Pentagon looks to build a bridge between military, intelligence IT consolidation efforts

The Defense Department and the intelligence community are both in the process of collapsing their IT stovepipes into common sets of IT services. While the governing bodies that oversee these two parallel efforts do communicate with one another, they have different operating models and objectives. Now, leaders are looking to see how they can connect the Venn diagrams and save money, time and effort in the process.

Friday - 04/18/2014, 04:18am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Intelligence Community is building a system of shared IT services for all 17 of the nation's intelligence agencies. The Pentagon is doing the same for the military services. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter, Jared Serbu has this report on DoD's plan to tie those two efforts together.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 06:20pm EDT
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Dov Zakheim, Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies

The Defense Department could look a lot different if sequestration continues past fiscal 2015. DoD would invest $66 billion less in procurement and research and cut 17 joint strike fighters. The Air Force would drop its entire fleet of KC-10 tankers. The Navy would sideline six destroyers. In Depth with Francis Rose asked Dov Zakheim, senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and former Defense Department Comptroller, if the new Pentagon report is a serious strategy document or a scare tactic.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 05:58pm EDT
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DoD fights battle of the bulge

Top initiatives addressing nutrition, exercise and smoking will be implemented department-wide, Capt. Kim Elenberg, program manager for Population Health, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, tells Federal News Radio's Agency of the Month radio program.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 12:44pm EDT
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