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7:49 pm, November 24, 2014

DoD News

Asia-Pacific is on the Pentagon's Agenda

Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work will travel to the Asia-Pacific region Aug. 17-23 to strengthen multilateral security cooperation in the region, build more robust partnerships, and discuss ongoing efforts and regional security matters. During the week-long trip, the Pentagon says Work will visit Guam, Hawaii, Japan and Republic of Korea. At each location, he will visit U.S. military bases and installations, speak with service members and civilian employees, and meet with allies and partners.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 12:21pm EDT

Army turns to open architecture to plot its future in robotics

With industry help, Army builds an open architecture and a set of open standards to chart a robotics acquisition strategy that's more modular, more interoperable and hopefully more cost effective.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 09:34am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department soon will name pilot programs for putting more sensitive data in a cloud that's not run by the military. More broadly, the DoD chief information officer plans to change the way the military uses and manages its network. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss where DoD is heading. Read Jason's related article.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 09:11am EDT
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DoD to test commercial cloud for some sensitive data

Terry Halvorsen, DoD's acting chief information officer, is planning to change the way the military uses and manages its network. The Joint Information Environment is driving many of the modernization efforts across DoD.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 05:22am EDT
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Jeffrey Rogers, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Ret.)

The Defense Department has mine detectors and satellites to watch for threats around the world. Now troops have an injury detector that can scan for brain trauma nobody can see. Jeffrey Rogers is program manager of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He's a finalist for a Service to America medal in the Science and Environment category for inventing a traumatic brain injury sensor. He explained how it works on In Depth with Francis Rose. Read a Q&A with Rogers.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:09pm EDT
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Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations

Assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, Katherine Hammack, is back from a round of visits to Army bases to see how they're dealing with climate change. She says readiness is dependent upon how they prepare for a future of limited energy resources. She explained what she saw on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:06pm EDT
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Air Force C4I Innovation

In order to stay on the cutting edge of mission-focused innovation, the Air Force Research Lab's Information Directorate in Rome, N.Y. conducts research on matters regarding command, control, communications, cyber and intelligence, better known as C4I . On this edition of AFCEA Answers, we'll learn more about the activities of the AFRL Information Directorate from its director, George Duchak. He'll tell us how a newly-developed device that mimics the human brain - a neuromorphic computer - may someday help future Air Force officers make better and faster decisions. We'll also learn how AFRL scientists are teaming with local students to determine how to commercialize the results of their research. And, on this edition of AFCEA Answers, you can glean insights from Mr. Duchak on how to improve the acquisition of information technology.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 12:50pm EDT

Plea hearing set in Navy contractor bribery case

Plea hearing set for former Military Sealift Command contractor charged with taking bribes

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 04:21pm EDT

Lt. Col. Jason Borg, Base Engineer, Army

Closing an operating base in Afghanistan isn't as simple as packing up and moving out. The Army is taking care to leave the land as it was before soldiers found it. Army Lt. Col. Jason Borg works as a base engineer at the International Security Assistance Force joint command. He spoke via satellite from Afghanistan with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about the logistical ballet.

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 09:30am EDT
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ISIL down, but not out

The US has been pounding ISIL in Iraq with 500 lb. bombs and drone strikes. "What I expect ISIL to do is look for other things to do, to pick up and move elsewhere," says Lt. Gen. William Mayville, the director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. However, he told reporters at the Pentagon that ISIL is still a problem. "I in no way want to suggest that we have effectively contained or are somehow breaking the momentum of ISIL," said Mayville.

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 08:48am EDT

Lt. Col. Bob Saxon, Enterprise Management Decisions Support, Army

Big data success at the Army's Enterprise Management Decisions Support earns that team an honor. Lt. Col. Bobby Saxon receives the 2014 GOVTek GTRA Executive Technology Award for Excellence in Big Data. Saxon is system program manager for the EMDS. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how big data will impact decision making in the military.

Monday - 08/11/2014, 04:11pm EDT
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What is a 500lb bomb?

Navy jets have been dropping 500 lb. bombs in Iraq on ISIL positions in northern Iraq. The 500 lb. bomb is one of the smallest and one of the most common air-dropped weapons in the world. Although the nominal weight is 500 lbs., its actual weight varies considerably depending on its configuration, from 510 lbs. to 570 lbs. It comes with a streamlined steel casing containing 192 lbs. of Tritonal high explosive. The bombs being used in Iraq are laser-guided for precision.

Monday - 08/11/2014, 09:22am EDT

Potential consequences of US airstrikes in Iraq

U.S. strikes in Iraq could lead to retaliation from the Islamic State. Their primary weapon could be the Mosul dam, which sits on the Tigris River and is about 30 miles northwest of the city of Mosul. It provides electricity to Mosul and controls the water supply for a large amount of territory. A 2007 report by the U.S. government, which was involved with the construction, is warning that if it should fail, a 65-foot wave of water would be unleashed across large areas of northern Iraq.

Friday - 08/08/2014, 11:56am EDT

Lauren Oleksyk, Army NSRDEC

Move over MRE's, the Army is developing 3D food printers for soldiers in the field. If successful, soldiers will instantly have access to their food of choice by pressing the print button. The new technology could save money, avoid wasted food and give soldiers more food choices. Lauren Oleksyk is the food leader at the Army's Natick Research, Development and Engineering Center. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new project.

Friday - 08/08/2014, 07:30am EDT
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DSI hosting Cloud Tech and Government IT Summit

The Defense Strategies Institute will host its Cloud Tech and Government IT Summit in a little over a month. The summit will run on September 23rd and 24th at the Mary M. Gates Learning Center in Alexandria, Virginia. The Defense Strategies Institute will offer training and educational seminars in a Town Hall format. DSI says federal agency leaders and innovators in cloud computing will join Industry experts for interactive speeches and debates. The overall focus of the summit is acquiring and securing cloud technology for civilian federal agencies and the DoD. DSI says it will also take a deep dive into IT modernization plans, data center consolidations, and IT infrastructure diversification. You can still register to attend the summit and active duty military and government employees can attend for free.

Thursday - 08/07/2014, 10:58am EDT

Fallen General returning home

As the body of an American General arrives back in the U.S. after being killed in Afghanistan. Afghan officials say that the soldier who killed General Harold Green came from a part of Afghanistan with a long history of Haqqani network fighters living there. The Haqqani network has strong links to the Taliban and has carried out significant attacks against U.S. forces.

Thursday - 08/07/2014, 08:34am EDT

DoD hunting for value, innovation not just lowest price

When it comes to lowest price, technically acceptable policies, the Defense Department wants more than "acceptable" for its acquisition services. Even with looming sequestration forcing DoD to stretch financially, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of Defense acquisition, technology and logistics, said the department must incentivize contractors to provide better value as well as best prices.

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:59pm EDT

Brian Bouffard, Former Navy JAG Lt. Commander

Pretrial hearings are underway in the case against the man accused of masterminding the bombing of the U.S.S Cole 14 years ago. Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri could receive the death penalty for charges including terrorism and the killing of 17 soldiers. A new judge, Colonel Vance Spath, has just taken over the case at a military commission at Guantanamo Bay. In this week's Legal Loop, Tom Temin and Emily Kopp speak with Criminal Defense Attorney Brian Bouffard on the Federal Drive. He takes them inside the world of military commissions.

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:56pm EDT
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Army general officer killed in Afghanistan

The reality of losing an American general in Afghanistan is setting in. "Even our generals are out there, many of whom have served many tours of duty both in Afghanistan and Iraq, leading America's sons and daughters, and that's something we should all think about from time to time," says RET. Army LT. General Harold Swan. Army MAJ. Harold Greene was killed in an insider attack yesterday in Kabul City, Afghanistan.

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 11:40am EDT

Kendall shapes DoD acquisition reforms around 7 areas

Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, sent a letter to Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Carl Levin (D-Mich.) back in June detailing how Congress can help DoD improve its acquisition outcomes. The list includes stopping sequestration, continued support of workforce training and simplifying rules and regulations.

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 04:35am EDT
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