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Jared Serbu Reports

Jared Serbu covers the Department of Defense for Federal News Radio. Jared's reports can be heard Monday - Friday on the Federal Drive and In Depth.

Senators press DoD to reveal more details on sequestration

Legislation requiring Defense Department to disclose budget-cutting contingency plans would be attached to 'every bill that walks'

Wednesday - 06/27/2012, 06:11am EDT
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Senators frustrated by FAA nominee's lack of specifics about delayed safety provisions

Acting administrator Michael Huerta had few answers for members of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee concerning the FAA's lack of progress on pilot training and safety regulations. Huerta said the final directive is expected to be out by October 2013. He also said the NextGen system is making progress and establishing important baselines.

Monday - 06/25/2012, 05:48am EDT
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McCain opens door to revenue increases to avoid sequestration

The top Republican on the Armed Services committee signaled Thursday that there's room for compromise toward a deal to avoid automatic budget cuts at the end of this year. But not everyone's sure the negative effects of sequestration can be avoided, or even that Congress would reach a deal.

Friday - 06/22/2012, 05:13am EDT
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Indonesian court gives Bali bomber 20-year term

An Indonesian militant was convicted of helping to build the massive car bomb used in the deadly 2002 Bali nightclub attacks and sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday, concluding the trial for the case's last main defendant.

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 11:20am EDT

Military reexamines professional development after 10 years of war

DoD is examining how to keep servicemembers' "fires lit" once the military services transition to a mostly peacetime status. Gen. Martin Dempsey said some units will be aligned with a particular region of the world. DoD also will take advantage of advancements in technology to help with training.

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 05:11am EDT
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Lockheed lands big Defense IT contract

Lockheed Martin, the federal government's largest contractor landed up to $1.9 billion worth of work Friday in a deal to operate Defense Department networks across the globe.

Monday - 06/18/2012, 04:11pm EDT

DoD, VA, Education toughen rules against predatory colleges

Agencies are working toward implementing an executive order designed to crack down on "fly- by-night" colleges that target military members' education benefits

Monday - 06/18/2012, 05:14am EDT
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Suspension and debarments rise amid pressure from Congress

Agencies are making greater use of their ability to declare contractors and individuals ineligible for work by the federal government. Some outside experts suggest the increase may be the result of hasty decisions.

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 05:49am EDT
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Army plans to begin four 'utility-scale' renewable energy projects this year

The four acquisition decisions the service will make in the coming months are the first fruits of a task force the Army created to pursue large-scale solar, geothermal, wind, biomass and waste-to-energy facilities on its bases.

Wednesday - 06/13/2012, 01:46pm EDT

FAA promises to do more homework for future realignment decisions

Agency aims for better metrics to guide future facility closings, consolidations. The FAA has about two weeks to submit a report to Congress with recommendations to close facilities.

Friday - 06/01/2012, 05:12am EDT
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Army, Air Force team up to meet renewable energy goals

Leaders from both services are visiting military bases and renewable energy gatherings together to identify best practices. The Army and Air Force will jointly host a renewable energy industry forum in Washington next month.

Tuesday - 05/29/2012, 05:48am EDT
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Senators cancel reductions to Air National Guard, cut DoD civilians

Senate panel rejects Air Force's proposed decreases to National Guard aircraft and personnel, orders cutbacks in DoD civilian and contractor personnel and imposes contractor salary caps.

Friday - 05/25/2012, 05:17am EDT
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Buying commercial in DoD: Pentagon struggles to stay away from customization

Last year, the Pentagon spent nearly $75 billion on acquisitions of commercial items, more than double the amount from five years ago. But the word "commercial" in DoD applies to a lot of products you won't find on any store shelf.

Tuesday - 05/22/2012, 05:15am EDT
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Buying commercial in DoD: 15 years after acquisition reform

During the last Defense drawdown, Congress and the White House pushed the Pentagon to make smarter buying decisions in the hopes that it would save a lot of money. The idea was to have the military buy many products the same way businesses do. A decade and a half later, DoD now spends tens of billions of dollars a year under the commercialized models Congress set up. In a two-part, exclusive report, Federal News Radio examines the debate underway over how well it has worked out.

Monday - 05/21/2012, 05:28am EDT
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DoD ready to meet pent up demand for cyber threat sharing program

The Defense Department has been testing ways to securely send cyber threat information to members of the defense industrial base for years. Now the information sharing pilot has been made permanent and could expand to as many as 1,000 companies.

Tuesday - 05/15/2012, 05:22am EDT
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House drops DoD request to change definition of commercial products

The Pentagon says the way it buys certain commercial products has been abused for more than a decade. The Defense Department asked Congress to include new rules for buying commercial-of-a-type products, which are commercial in nature, but the military is the only or largest customer by far. Industry was pleased to see the House Armed Services Committee not include the change in the Defense authorization bill.

Monday - 05/14/2012, 05:22am EDT
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Panetta to Congress: Don't mess with my budget

Hours after a key House committee voted to give the Pentagon more money than it asked for in next year's budget, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said thanks, but no thanks. Panetta warned passing a $3 billion increase would set a showdown with the Senate and force sequestration to happen.

Friday - 05/11/2012, 05:20am EDT
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Congressional committee considers criminal referral for TSA

House staff report suggests TSA delayed, misled congressional investigators about contents of Texas warehouse that holds security screening equipment.

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 05:20am EDT
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Navy releases long-awaited final solicitation for NGEN

The Navy is looking for someone to run the world's second-largest computer network. At least two consortiums of vendors are vying for the $4.5 billion deal.

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 10:37pm EDT

Lockheed joins Northrop, HP for NGEN bid

Lockheed Martin will join a team of several other large companies in a bid for the Navy's forthcoming multibillion dollar Next Generation Enterprise Network contract.

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 12:23pm EDT
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