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Tighter budget inspires services to rethink their workforce

With less money to work with, the military services has to think creatively in order to deploy its shrinking workforce.

Tuesday - 03/27/2012, 11:30am EDT
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Navy links cyber workforce training to commercial certifications

Navy CIO Terry Halvorsen issued a policy making IT security training provided by the services to sailors and Marines equitable to commercial accreditations. He said the department shouldn't have to pay for civilian education courses when DoD programs work just as well.

Tuesday - 03/27/2012, 05:14am EDT
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Navy opens its first alternative fueling station

Naval Facilities Engineering Command opened the first of three planned stations that pump E-85, a fuel made up mostly of ethanol. The Navy Secretary said he wants the service to cut is use of petroleum fuel by 50 percent and set a deadline of 2015.

Monday - 03/26/2012, 07:41am EDT

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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Navy lab researches cutting-edge technologies in ocean, rain forest without leaving the office

The Navy opened the doors last week on a new laboratory tasked with cutting-edge research on robotics and unmanned systems. And befitting the science-fiction-like focus of research, the Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research, located at the Naval Research Laboratory's main Washington, D.C.site, has its own state-of-the-art facilities.

Thursday - 03/22/2012, 09:52pm EDT
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Recruitment not a problem for Navy, Marine Corps

A decade of war has not deterred people from signing up to work for the Navy and Marine Corps. Juan Garcia, the Navy's assistant secretary for manpower and reserve affairs, said retention rates are so high the agency has had to let some people go.

Thursday - 03/22/2012, 02:05am EDT
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Navy seeks one more round of comments before releasing NGEN RFP

The service released a second draft solicitation for the Next Generation Enterprise Network. Industry has until March 30 to comment.

Friday - 03/16/2012, 07:12pm EDT

Naval research lab replicates rain forest, desert conditions

The Naval Research Laboratory opened a new facility Friday called the Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research in Washington, D.C.

Friday - 03/16/2012, 07:03pm EDT

Navy releases guide for hiring wounded warriors

The Department of Navy is distributing a guide for hiring people with disabilities.

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 03:37pm EDT
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Navy puts laser focus on audit readiness

Gladys Commons, assistant secretary of the Navy for financial management and comptroller, said the Navy hopes to have its Statement of Budgetary Resources audit-ready by the end of 2013, ahead of the Defense Department's deadline.

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 02:31pm EDT
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Navy targets 15 large software vendors for enterprise deals

The service's CIO Terry Halvorsen said the goal is to bring together the purchasing power of the Navy and the Marines Corps to obtain lower prices. He said the Department of the Navy expects to save $100 million over five years. Navy senior officials from technology, acquisition and finance make the use of these enterprisewide contracts mandatory.

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 05:19am EDT
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U.S.S. Enterprise leaves for final deployment

Rear Adm. Ted Carter, commander of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, spoke with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu from the Atlantic Ocean as the carrier heads off for one last set of missions in Europe and the Middle East.

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 01:37pm EDT
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Naval Research using training, telework to maintain morale

The Office of Naval Research is going beyond routine training to invest in its workforce. In addition to classroom time, employees can go to speaking engagements and complete rotational assignments, including virtual assignments.

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 12:29pm 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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Navy explores alternative energy sources

Vice Admiral Philip Cullom is the deputy chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics at the Navy.

Thursday - 03/08/2012, 02:24am EST
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8 women allege rape, harassment in military suit

Eight current and former members of the U.S. military allege in a new federal lawsuit that they were raped, assaulted or harassed during their service and suffered retaliation when they reported it to their superiors.

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 10:55am EST

Work-life balance, job discrimination top of mind for military women

The Pentagon recently announced it would open up 14,000 combat positions to female troops. While women in uniform say the decision will lend "legitimacy" to the frontline roles they already fill, they say job discrimination pales in comparison to the difficulty of raising a family while serving.

Tuesday - 03/06/2012, 08:45am EST
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Mandatory breathalyzer tests coming to Navy, Marine Corps

The alcohol screening program is part of a sweeping realignment of personnel and readiness programs in the Department of the Navy.

Monday - 03/05/2012, 05:33pm EST
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New director assigned to Navy energy division

Rear Adm. Michael Franken has been assigned as the new director of the Energy and Environmental Readiness Division in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. He replaces Rear Adm. Philip Cullom.

Friday - 03/02/2012, 07:45am EST

Navy makes enterprise technology license contracts mandatory

The service will rely on several teams of experts to develop these contracts.

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 07:40am EST
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