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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Air Force budget cuts, military readiness, DoD mobility

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. Submit your ideas, suggestions and news tips to Jared via email.

Monday - 05/19/2014, 03:15am EDT

Rear Adm. Dave Titley (Ret.)

A group of retired military officers is urging the Pentagon to beef up plans for dealing with the impact of climate change. The advice comes in the form of a 68-page report published yesterday by the CNA Corporation. It says the risk has accelerated and that climate change is a catalyst for conflict. Rear Adm. Dave Titley (Ret.) is a member of the CNA Corporation Military Advisory Board and a former Navy Oceanographer and Navigator. He told Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive what CNA is recommending to current military leaders.

Thursday - 05/15/2014, 12:24pm EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell

The Pentagon has issued a final rule for dealing with counterfeit parts. Officials believe too many of them make their way into crucial electronic systems, threatening their reliability or compromising their security. The rule has been a long time coming. It affects both government buyers and industry suppliers. Joe Petrillo, a procurement attorney with the law firm Petrillo & Powell, spoke about some of the main aspects of the rule with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

Thursday - 05/15/2014, 11:35am EDT
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Air Force wants its fingerprints on DoD's Joint Information Environment

The Air Force thinks it's in a unique position with regard to the military's difficult migration into a shared IT infrastructure. It just went through the same exercise internally and believes those lessons can shape the Defense Department's Joint Information Environment.

Thursday - 05/15/2014, 04:33am EDT
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Unrest in Africa growing

The Pentagon says almost 300 Marines have been moved to a naval air station in Sicily in response to the growing unrest in Africa. There is trouble in Sudan, the Central African Republic, Libya and Nigeria. The U.S. is using surveillance drones in the search for the kidnapped Nigerian girls. Officials say at least one Global Hawk surveillance drone is in use, in addition to manned MC-12 aircraft.

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 09:11pm EDT

Halvorsen named as acting DoD CIO

Terry Halvorsen, who has served as the Navy Department's chief information officer since 2010, will become the acting DoD CIO next week.

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 10:44am EDT

Drone being used in Nigeria

The Pentagon is using drones to help search in northeastern Nigeria for school girls kidnapped by the terror group Boko Haram, although they will not call them drones. Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren explains, "as a general rule we don't discuss our use of unmanned aircraft." He indicates there are security concerns, continuing, "there are sensitivities surrounding where they are based out of." Warren says they are being used to collect intelligence and conduct surveillance.

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 10:32am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Air Force claims the most progress in helping the military improve financial management. But government auditors say the Defense Department's effort to get an unqualified financial audit is at risk. One reason is the shortcomings in IT systems. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp where DoD stands as the first of two financial management deadlines approach. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 09:43am EDT
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DoD, intelligence community finding common enterprise IT ground

The intelligence community and the Defense Department are both trying to build IT networks that attempt to get rid of IT stovepipes. In the process, they've found a few ways to work together.

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 04:39am EDT
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Air Force's progress raises DoD's confidence toward audit readiness

The Air Force does a 180 and now predicts it will meet the September and the 2017 financial management deadlines. Government auditors and Senate lawmakers agree the key to this effort is whether the Defense Department can upgrade and improve their track record in implementing ERP systems.

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 04:24am EDT
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Sharon Burke, International Security Program, New America Foundation

The Defense Department is the largest consumer of oil in the United States, according to the New America Foundation. Now the Foundation is hiring one of the senior leaders in charge of making that oil consumption more efficient. Sharon Burke, senior adviser for the International Security Program at the New America Foundation and former assistant secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs, talks to In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 05:53pm EDT
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Alan Shaffer, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

The Department of Defense is asking contractors to innovate in helping the agency deal with its budget problems. The Pentagon says innovation is important for a lot of reasons. Alan Shaffer, acting assistant secretary of Defense for research and engineering, says DoD's innovation shortfall today is several decades in the making. He joins In Depth with Francis Rose in Executive Suite.

Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 05:10pm EDT

US commits dozens to help in Nigerian search

We are getting a clearer picture of how much help the U.S. is giving Nigeria to help in the search for almost 300 school girls kidnapped by terror group Boko Haram. The Pentagon says 16 DoD personnel are a part of a government-wide team of 30. The team includes planners and advisers already in Nigeria that have been redirected to assist the government. France, Benin, Chad, Cameroon and Niger, as well as representatives of Britain and the EU are all helping in the search.

Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 08:51am EDT

Hagel not happy

The House Armed Services Committee is rejecting many cost-savings proposals from the Pentagon including closing excess military bases and retiring aging aircraft. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is displeased about this budget bill, according to Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby. Hagel plans to talk to lawmakers again about the need for another round of base closings, which was also denied by the budget.

Monday - 05/12/2014, 08:53am EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: GSA takes 18F on a magical mystery tour

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz about the IT and acquisition communities.

Friday - 05/09/2014, 03:27pm EDT

Alternative jet fuel prices reported

The Government Accountability Office said a recent report that the Department of Defense paid $150 per gallon for alternative jet fuel HEFA (hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids) which is made from algae. That's more than 64 times the current market price for standard carbon-based fuels. The report indicated only a small amount of the fuel was purchased for testing.

Friday - 05/09/2014, 08:59am EDT

Russian claims troops are leaving Ukraine's border

The Pentagon says if Russian troops were really pulling back from the border with Ukraine, then "we would know," a spokesman told the Associated Press. He says that doesn't seem to be happening. Russian President Vladimir Putin says his troops have been moved away from the border region. Putin has also called on Ukraine's military to stop its operations against pro-Russia activists who have seized government buildings and police stations in at least a dozen towns in eastern Ukraine.

Thursday - 05/08/2014, 09:09am EDT

John Donnelly, Editor, Congressional Quarterly's Defense Blog

The House Armed Services Committee is marking up the Pentagon's 2015 Defense Authorization bill today. Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) has a series of proposals that include some accounting finesse to appropriate more than $2 billion worth of unobligated funds into next year. He wants to balance that with some targeted spending cuts too. John Donnelly, editor of Congressional Quarterly's Defense Blog, tells In Depth with Francis Rose the balance in the 2015 Defense Authorization bill gets more precarious the longer the markup goes.

Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 06:57pm EDT
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Everett Pyatt, Project for Defense Management and Acquisition Leadership Program, McCain Institute

The Navy is scrapping a plan to overhaul one of its 11 aircraft carriers. The Defense Department says doing that frees up money to spend on the Littoral Combat Ship program. Everett Pyatt is leader of the Project for Defense Management and Acquisition Leadership Program at the McCain Institute and a former assistant secretary of the Navy. He's writing in Real Clear Defense about the Navy's budget plans.

Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 06:52pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The intelligence community, like the rest of government, is coping with a sudden budget decrease. But leaders say they're committed to not repeating the serious workforce mistakes policymakers made during the last budget cut two decades ago, when new hiring ground to a halt. Read the related story by Jared Serbu.

Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 05:58pm EDT
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