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3:10 am, July 29, 2014

DoD News

Guy Timberlake, American Small Business Coalition

Defense Department contracting officials are under orders now to double check prices on the General Services Administration's Federal Supply Schedule. DoD says the GSA Schedule doesn't always have the best price possible. Guy Timberlake, chief visionary and chief executive officer at the American Small Business Coalition, writes about it in this week's Gov-Con newsletter. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose "one size fits all" may not apply to your agency's contracting policy.

Monday - 04/14/2014, 06:12pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

"Efficiency and Effectiveness" we hear that phrase all the time in government. At the Defense Department, it's taking on a new meaning. DoD can no longer spend more of its time worrying about the effectiveness of its acquisition programs at the expense of efficiency. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller explained to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how DoD is addressing its long muted focus on efficient buying. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 09:32am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

In the years that followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks, federal agencies made it a priority to create an integrated intelligence community. But one of the IC's top leaders says it's time to move to a new model, from "Integrated Intelligence" to "Immersive Intelligence." Letitia Long, director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, previewed some of the agency's priorities in a conversation with Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu. Long will offer more details about NGA's plans at the annual GEOINT conference in Tampa next week.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 09:28am EDT
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Fired nuke commander will retire at lower rank

Fired two-star general who commanded Air Force nuke missile corps will retire at lower rank

Friday - 04/11/2014, 05:00am EDT

DoD's latest efficiency push revolves around service contracting

A group of functional domain experts are reaching out to the military services and agencies to look at service contracting spending across 12 areas. The Defense Department's goal is to use strategic sourcing to improve how it buys in these categories. The Army created a governance board to bring together all stakeholders during specific points of the acquisition process to find opportunities to collaborate.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 04:25am EDT

Former Marine convicted of murder, could face death penalty

An ex-Marine was convicted of first-degree murder Tuesday. He is already serving a life sentence for previous crimes and could face execution.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 03:55am EDT

Influential African-American women write to Hagel

Sixteen black female members of Congress are pushing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to change Army regulations that ban hairstyles frequently worn by minority women in the military. The Associated Press reports the members of the Congressional Black Caucus signed a letter Thursday to Hagel, stating that the changes are "discriminatory rules targeting soldiers who are women of color." They say that references in the rules calling hairstyles worn mostly by black women "unkempt" and "matted" are offensive and show a lack of "cultural sensitivity."

Friday - 04/11/2014, 02:00am EDT

Navy looks to overhaul acquisition processes for aviation systems

The Naval Air Systems Command's acquisition practices are laden with so much unnecessary costs that its commander worries about its ability to meet its mission to the fleet a few years from now. NAVAIR's commander said it's time to rethink the way it engages the acquisition system and with industry.

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 04:55am EDT
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DHA builds a healthier DoD workforce through shared services

From health records to rubber gloves, the Defense Health Agency is streamlining health care at the Pentagon. In this week's Agency of the Month radio show, host Lauren Larson speaks with Navy Capt. James Poindexter, acting division chief of Medical Logistics Shared Services, and Dave Bowen, director of health care IT and chief information officer at the Defense Health Agency.

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 03:31am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The leader of the Naval Air Systems Command says his service needs to make dramatic changes to the way it acquires planes, helicopters and other aviation systems. Otherwise, he says, the Navy faces a future in which it can't afford the weapons systems it needs. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports on the upcoming changes at NAVAIR.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 06:26pm EDT
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Christopher Pernin, RAND Arroyo Center

The rapid acquisition policy the Army uses in Afghanistan could be moving too quickly. The department can customize how it uses the Defense Acquisition System to make sure war fighters get what they need. But the Army's information technology systems might need a slower approach. Christopher Pernin, director of the Force Development and Technology Program at the RAND Arroyo Center and a senior physical scientist and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, tells In Depth with Francis Rose they believe the Army can use acquisition policies it already has to improve its IT systems.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 06:06pm EDT
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Gen. Ray Odierno, Army Chief of Staff

The Defense Department's overall budget will shrink by a combined $900 billion by fiscal year 2021, according to Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno. He tells the Senate Armed Services Committee how the Army will absorb more than $260 billion in cuts during that span. On Pentagon Solutions, Odierno says the Pentagon is creating a Total Army Solution for the looming budget cuts.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 05:48pm EDT
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Todd Harrison, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

The military's commissary system is in line for cuts in the Fiscal 2015 budget request from the Pentagon. Those cuts, like a lot of other cuts, have some pretty strong opponents. But in the case of the commissaries, the opponents aren't necessarily obvious. On Pentagon Solutions, Todd Harrison, senior fellow for defense budget studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, explains why the commissary system is generating some much heat.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 05:42pm EDT
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On DoD: Leadership skills for veterans, VA's disability backlog and DoD's change to GSA schedules

On this week's On DoD, Jared Serbu talks to Eric Jeffries, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Exelis; Zachary Hearn, the deputy director for benefits at the American Legion; and Alan Chvotkin, vice president at the Professional Services Council.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 01:12pm EDT
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Afzal Bari, Senior Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The U.S. military may be shrinking, but its information technology spending is not. The fact that the nation will field fewer troops, ships and airplanes might be the reason why IT spending is holding steady. In total, DoD plans to spend $30.3 billion on IT in fiscal 2015. Bloomberg Government Senior Analyst Afzal Bari told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp more details on the 2015 outlook.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 07:43am EDT
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DoD plots third chapter in Better Buying Power initiative

The latest edition of the Defense Department's effort to buy more capability without more money will emphasize the idea of bringing outside innovation into the military acquisition process.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 04:50am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department says it's in the very early stages of creating a "3.0" version of its ongoing Better Buying Power initiative. There's nothing on paper yet, but Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu reports, the new version will focus on making sure the U.S. military doesn't fall behind on technological superiority. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 05:39pm EDT
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US jets going to Romania

The United States will deploy F-16 fighter jets to Romania this month as part of planned joint exercises in the wake of rising tensions in neighboring Ukraine after Russia's annexation of Crimea. President Barack Obama has said NATO needs to boost its presence in eastern European countries that feel vulnerable to Russia. The small Baltic states are particularly nervous about a more assertive Russia.

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 02:00am EDT

Surge comes to America

First there were surges to Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, there's a surge coming to America. Tens of thousands of new veterans are expected to return to the workforce or to college in the next several years as the military downsizes after wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The challenge now is to help them find jobs and make good on promises to pay for their education.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 02:06pm EDT

Senate declassifies report

The Senate Intelligence Committee decided Thursday to release parts of a heavily challenged, secret report that harshly criticizes CIA interrogation tactics after 9/11. This action sets up what could be the broadest public accounting of the Bush administration's record when it comes to waterboarding and other ``enhanced interrogation techniques.'' The panel voted 11-3 to order the declassification of almost 500 pages. The White House said it would instruct intelligence officials to cooperate fully.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 02:04pm EDT
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