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DoD to use iris scans, fingerprints for building security

The Mark Center soon will require employees to provide a fingerprint or iris scan along with the CAC card to enter the facility. The Pentagon is next to implement biometric factors for physical access control. The Army also is looking at where biometrics could impact mission and business functions.

Friday - 04/06/2012, 05:15am EDT
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Army calls for proposals on protective underwear

The Army issued a request for proposals to develop protective underwear for warfighters. The boxer-style briefs would provide projection from improvised explosive devices.

Thursday - 04/05/2012, 10:12am EDT

NASA's Kennedy Space Center gets message from Hill on cyber

Center CIO Mike Bolger said encrypting laptops and implementing logical access are among his top priorities in 2012. Kennedy Space Center also is exploring how to let employees using their personal smartphones or tablet computers on the network.
March 29, 2012

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 08:48pm EDT
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Army aims for more speed, security with new IT network standards

The Army has released the implementation plan for how it will get its networked systems to a state it calls the "common operating environment." The strategy is designed to phase out stovepiped systems and begin building technologies to a common set of open standards.

Wednesday - 03/28/2012, 01:35pm EDT
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Army on track to double President's energy-saving contracting goal

Army officials announced the service is on track to more than double a Presidential goal for investments in energy efficiency projects. Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Energy and Sustainability Richard Kidd, said the Army would likely invest $800 million in performance-based contracts over the next two years to realize energy savings and efficiencies at its multitude of bases and facilities.

Monday - 03/26/2012, 04:19pm EDT

Army: PTSD treatable; some diagnosed return to war

It is still not known if the soldier accused of killing 17 Afghans was ever diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder _ but even if he had been, that alone would not have prevented him from being sent back to war.

Friday - 03/23/2012, 03:03pm EDT

Army systems leave soldiers vulnerable to late, inaccurate pay

The Government Accountability Office says that even while the Army has made some strides toward improving its pay practices, the service is a long way off from the kind of data integrity independent experts would need to see in order to green light the systems as audit-ready.

Friday - 03/23/2012, 05:37am EDT
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Air Force is next to move to DoD enterprise email

The military's chief information officer, Teri Takai, said after the Army completes its migration to DISA's email-as-a-service, the Air Force will be next. She said the Navy also is in discussions to move to the cloud. DoD soon will release a new cloud computing strategy and standards guide for industry.
March 22, 2012(Encore presentation April 19, 2012)

Thursday - 03/22/2012, 10:25pm EDT
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Army restarts email migrations, names new program manager

Deputy Chief Information Officer Mike Krieger wrote on the CIO's leadership blog that migrations resumed Monday after more than a two-month pause mandated by Congress.

Thursday - 03/22/2012, 01:34pm EDT

Army's payroll problems threaten auditability goals, GAO says

The Government Accountability Office will release a report this morning detailing problems with the Army's payroll system — challenges that threaten the Defense Department's ability to be audit-read

Thursday - 03/22/2012, 11:03am EDT

Army launches Apps Marketplace

The goal is to give people a platform for developing programs soldiers can use on-the-go.

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 08:35am EDT

Army drafts RFP to attract renewable energy projects

Army would agree to buy energy from private plants on Army land but cut the plants off from the electric grid in the event of an emergency. The final solicitation could be out by this spring.

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 05:14am EDT
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Army tired of waiting for new mobile devices

The Army is in the middle of a major rethink of mobile devices, including how it secures them, how it buys them and ultimately, how it uses them. The push comes amid a mandate to find $1.5 billion in IT savings across the Army.

Tuesday - 03/20/2012, 05:24am EDT
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Army's new system allows image search across databases

The Army is working on a new system called GXP Xplorer to help soldiers get maps, videos and other information on the battlefield.

Monday - 03/19/2012, 12:01pm EDT
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Panetta: Death penalty possible in Afghan shooting

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the death penalty is a consideration as the military moves to investigate and possibly put on trial a U.S. soldier suspected of gunning down 16 Afghans.

Monday - 03/12/2012, 08:32pm EDT

Analysis: DoD budget will 'severely constrain' Army, Marine vehicle modernization

The Army and Marine Corps will be in the market for a new generation of ground vehicles soon. But acquisition officials there should think hard before they buy, according to Dr. Andrew Krepinevich, the president of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. Krepinevich discussed the trends likely to impact the development of combat vehicles.

Monday - 03/12/2012, 05:30pm EDT
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Rising gas prices add more volatility to DoD budget

The services are spending $31 million more every time oil prices increased $1 a barrel. The unexpected increase in costs is forcing the Pentagon to take even a deeper dive to find areas to save or avoid spending on in both the short and long term. DoD sees improved acquisitions as a major area for further potential spending reductions.

Friday - 03/09/2012, 10:09am EST
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Army IT agency performs big mission with little fanfare

Don Adcock, executive director of the Army Information Technology Agency, tells Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu about how the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks forced the Pentagon to start consolidating data centers long before the topic was on most agencies' radar screens.

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 01:02pm EST
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Rifleman Radio latest tool in Army's communications arsenal

The Army is preparing a new generation of communication devices to connect soldiers in combat. A major component of the new Capability Set 13 is the Rifleman Radio, which has been completely redesigned to include improvements in size, weight, battery life and enhanced radio frequency. Col. John Zavarelli, the program manager for the Joint Program Executive Office Handheld Manpack Small, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the Rifleman Radio and the JTRS program.

Tuesday - 03/06/2012, 07:37pm EST
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Army acquisition dysfunction is a 'myth,' leaders argue

Army modernization leaders say they've gotten a bad rap on acquisition, and they claim it's undeserved. They point to several wartime success stories, and say they're implementing suggested reforms.

Monday - 03/05/2012, 05:28am EST
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