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4:07 am, September 1, 2014

DoD News

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

US troops headed to Eastern Europe

175 Marines are headed to a Romanian base near the Black Sea bringing the number of troops in DoD's Europe-based Crisis Response Force to 675. This deployment in the region comes as the Ukrainian government frets about what Russia is going to do next after annexing the Crimean Peninsula. The team, headquartered in Moron, Spain, was set up principally to respond to crises in Africa.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 02:00pm EDT

US military reaches milestone

The Pentagon says there were no U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan in March. The Associated Press is reporting that it was the first zero-fatality month there since January 2007. American casualties in Afghanistan have declined as the number of U.S. forces has grown smaller and their role has shifted away from combat. U.S. troops are focused on training and advising Afghan forces. The Pentagon says there are about 33,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, down from a 2011 peak of about 100,000.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 01:50pm EDT

Naval Station Norfolk security increased

The Navy's Commander for the Mid-Atlantic region has ordered additional screening of all delivery drivers presenting the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), before an individual is granted access. Security personnel will now check the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) data for any criminal history or outstanding warrants that are grounds for denial in accordance with Navy Region Mid-Atlantic access standards. Those standards include felony convictions within the last ten years; misdemeanor convictions within the last five years for crimes of violence; larceny; drugs; habitual offenders; and conviction for sex offenses. The change was ordered following the March 24 shooting death of a Sailor by a civilian truck driver aboard the Navy destroyer, USS Mahan (DDG 72), moored at Naval Station Norfolk.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 01:47pm EDT

NCIS identified shooter

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) has identified Jeffrey Tyrone Savage as the civilian truck driver who killed Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark Mayo Monday night onboard Naval Station Norfolk. Savage, 35, from Portsmouth, Va., drove his 2002 Freightliner through Gate 5 just after 11 p.m., proceeded to Pier 1, left his truck and attempted to board USS Mahan (DDG 72). He was confronted by ship security personnel who ordered him to stop. A struggle occurred and Savage was able to disarm the petty officer of the watch. Savage then used the weapon to fatally shoot Mayo and attempted to fire at other nearby security personnel. Mayo was serving as chief of the guard at Naval Station Norfolk and was in the vicinity of the Mahan. Mayo immediately came to render assistance to personnel on Mahan and engaged in gunfire with Savage. Other security forces shot and killed Savage. Savage, an employee of Majette Trucking, did have a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). A TWIC alone does not authorize base access, it must be used in conjunction with other documents to gain authorized entry. The NCIS investigation has confirmed that Savage had no reason or authorization to be on Naval Station Norfolk. The chain of events that allowed Savage entry to the installation and the ship are under investigation.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 01:46pm EDT

What's Russia up to?

British Defense Secretary Phillip Hammond was at the Pentagon yesterday. He was asked about the Russian Defense Minister's recent remark to US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that Russia has no intention of invading Ukraine. Hagel says the size of the Russian troop buildup makes him skeptical and Hammond says it's not at all certain the Russian Defense Secretary knows what Pres. Putin's intentions are.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 01:34pm EDT

Sailor Killed at Norfolk Naval Station

CAPT Robert Clark, Commanding Officer, Naval Station Norfolk said a suspect approached the USS Mahan's Quarterdeck at 11:20 pm Monday night and was confronted by ship security personnel. "A struggle ensued and the suspect was able to disarm the Petty Officer of the Watch. The suspect then used the weapon to fatally shoot our Sailor responding to render assistance. Naval security forces then killed the suspect. The suspect did not have his own weapon," said Clark. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is investigating possible motives.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 01:10pm EDT

Rhodes: "Russia is alone"

What's different about the Cold War and now? While the G-7 meeting in The Hague, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said the difference now is that Russia is finding itself totally alone. He added Russian does not have the security a block of nations standing with it in violating Ukraine's sovereignty. And he said, "As long as Russia is flagrantly violating international law ... there is no need for the G-7 to engage with Russia,''.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 01:08pm EDT

Danny King, Director, Navy Food Service

The Navy has a unique way it approaches the health and wellness of its sailors. All food aboard ships is developed and approved by a triad of people. The special group consists of an executive chef, a dietitian, and a subject matter expert. Danny King, commander of the Supply Corps for the Navy and director of the Navy Food Service, spoke with Federal Drive Host Emily Kopp at the Sea Air Space Exposition. View photos and listen to more of our interviews from the expo.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 12:04pm EDT
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Kenneth Glueck, Marine Corps

Fast, austere, lethal — those are the goals of a new set of concepts from the Marine Corps. Expeditionary Force 21 debuts today. It charts how the Marine Corps will be organized, trained and postured for the next 10 years. It may not change what the Marines do, but it will change how they will do it. Lieutenant General Kenneth Glueck, deputy commandant of Combat Development and Integration, and head of the Marine Corps' Combat Development Command, spoke with Federal Drive Host Emily Kopp at the Sea Air Space Exposition. View photos and listen to more of our interviews from the expo.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 11:53am EDT
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Philip Hart Cullom, Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics

The Navy continues to change the way it thinks about energy consumption. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus recently outlined several energy goals for the next six years. They include reducing petroleum used afloat and increasing alternative energy use ashore. Much of the responsibility for that plan falls to Vice Admiral Philip Hart Cullom, the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics. He spoke with Federal Drive Host Emily Kopp at the Sea Air Space Exposition. View photos and listen to more of our interviews from the expo.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 11:45am EDT
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Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Chief, Naval Operations

On any given day, the Department of the Navy is the size of the largest two or three companies in the United States. With hundreds of thousands of people and a network of installations and other assets worldwide, it's a real challenge to manage. Right now, that job falls to Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the chief of Naval Operations. He spoke with Federal Drive co-host Emily Kopp at the Sea Air Space Exposition. View photos and listen to more of our interviews from the expo.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 11:39am EDT
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Navy to finish moving IT network to NGEN contract by September

After dealing with a bid protest, meeting the timeline will require the Navy and its prime vendor to move quickly. The new schedule accelerates the original transition schedule by several months.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 04:31am EDT
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Fort Hood gunman's attack mystifies hometown

Fort Hood gunman described as friendly, 'laid-back' and passionate about music

Friday - 04/04/2014, 04:50am EDT

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Pentagon goes its own way on GSA schedules; VA still thinks its electronic health record can

"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.

Friday - 04/04/2014, 03:59am EDT
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For health care savings, DoD pursues use of ‘incentives'

The Pentagon's current proposals for wringing savings out of its health care system involve additional fees for beneficiaries, but also try to induce them to use less-costly treatment options.

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 01:05pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The next version of cloud security standards is under development, even as agencies race to comply with current ones. The General Services Administration and the departments of Defense and Homeland Security are kicking off FedRAMP 2.0 by incorporating new NIST guidance. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp to explain how the agencies are keeping different standards aligned. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 10:26am EDT
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