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4:03 pm, December 21, 2014

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.

IT reform bill would cull the CIO herd, give them more power

Rep. Darrell Issa said agencies need a lot more agility in their IT spending, but a lack of budget authority and a proliferation of accountability among bureau-level CIOs gets in the way.

Tuesday - 12/04/2012, 03:22pm EST
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Air Force role just 1 piece of DoD's cyber puzzle

Air Force senior leaders assigned themselves several tasks after a summit on cyberspace in mid-November. But the service's role in cyberspace also awaits forthcoming guidance from the military's top leadership on the future of U.S. Cyber Command.

Monday - 12/03/2012, 05:16am EST
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IRS struggling to tackle massive surge in identity theft

Faced with declining resources, the Internal Revenue Service has diverted resources from elsewhere inside the agency to try and head off skyrocketing cases of identity theft stemming from tax refunds.

Friday - 11/30/2012, 06:16pm EST
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Army launches new push to help vets transition to civilian workforce

Nancy Hammer, the senior government affairs policy counsel at the Society for Human Resources Management, joins On DoD with Jared Serbu to discuss a new partnership between SHRM and the Army to help military veterans transition out of uniformed service and into the civilian workforce.

Wednesday - 11/28/2012, 08:02pm EST
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Senate debates 'arbitrary' cuts to DoD civilian workforce

Senators attempt to head off provision in annual Defense bill that would require reductions among Pentagon civilians.

Wednesday - 11/28/2012, 06:38pm EST

Players in budget war game plot $500B in Defense cuts

This past summer, defense experts gathered into teams to map out how to cut DoD's budget by a half trillion dollars over 10 years. The results from the game provide some guidance on ways to make the cut happen in real life based on strategic choices, the organizers say.

Wednesday - 11/28/2012, 12:17pm EST
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Defense experts debate sequestration's impact

There's a little more than a month to go until sequestration kicks in, taking more than a $1 trillion from agency budgets over 10 years unless Congress finds a way to agree on a Plan B for deficit reduction. In this week's edition of On DoD, Jared Serbu, Federal News Radio's DoD reporter, talks with several defense experts about sequestration and the Defense budget in a second term under President Obama:

Wednesday - 11/21/2012, 08:19pm EST
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'Give it a rest,' USPTO chief tells patent critics

USPTO director David Kappos says software is every bit as entitled to patent protection as hardware innovations. Critics of the agency should give recent reforms a chance to work, he told a think tank audience Tuesday.

Wednesday - 11/21/2012, 01:18pm EST
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'Careless' budget cut threatens critical debris tracking system, Air Force space chief says

Gen. William Shelton says some costs for space activities are unsustainable and the service is working to bring them down. But he implored "congressional teammates" not to cut funding for programs that are working.

Monday - 11/12/2012, 05:10am EST
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Next few weeks critical to defining DoD in second Obama term

"Fog bank" of threatened automatic spending cuts makes predicting Defense policy under a re-elected President Obama difficult. But experts agree DoD is likely to take more cuts, with or without sequestration.

Friday - 11/09/2012, 05:50am EST
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On cyber defense, U.S. ‘stuck at the starting line'

NSA, DHS taking steps to improve information sharing by creating a set of standardized technical specifications that let machines detect cyber threats and communicate them to one another in real-time. Whole of government approach is starting to take shape when it comes to cybersecurity.

Thursday - 11/08/2012, 05:25am EST
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Panetta calls on lame duck Congress to resolve sequestration

Pentagon makes one more plea for a resolution to sequestration. A regular budget, an annual authorization bill and a resolution to the fight over cybersecurity laws would be helpful as well.

Friday - 10/26/2012, 05:24am EDT
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Army looks 30 years into future on acquisition, modernization

The service's new acquisition strategy tries to imagine the Army's needs over the next three decades as the focus shifts away from large counterinsurgency and stability operations.

Thursday - 10/25/2012, 11:58am EDT
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Army to take first integrated set of IT to the battlefield

Two brigades of the Army's 10th Mountain Division are training on a ready-to-go set of networking capabilities as they prepare to deploy to Afghanistan. The IT comes out of the Network Integration Evaluation process.

Wednesday - 10/24/2012, 05:55am EDT
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DoD opens bidding for secure mobile device project

DISA wants a secure mobile device manager and app store to support at least 162,000 Apple and Android mobile devices. Contract would begin next spring.

Tuesday - 10/23/2012, 12:07pm EDT

DoD, CFPB to educate service members against rising debt

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the financial health of service members is important for troop readiness. A new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau details potential problems service members are facing.

Friday - 10/19/2012, 05:47am EDT
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Lighter force has double meaning for Marine Corps

After a decade of heavy land war, Marine Corps turns to energy efficiency as a way to lighten its load and return to its expeditionary maritime roots. The service already rolled out four technologies that reduce the amount of energy a marine uses. The Marines Corps also is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on developing and testing other energy efficient equipment.

Thursday - 10/18/2012, 05:26am EDT
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Paralympian supports new generation of wounded warriors

Chris Devlin-Young is a Coast Guard veteran, who became partially paralyzed when his plane ran into a mountainside in 1982. Since then, he's won numerous world medals in the Paralympic sport of monoskiiing and does counseling work with wounded veterans.

Wednesday - 10/17/2012, 03:09pm EDT
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DISA offers 'off-ramps' for military services' IT expenses

The Defense Information Systems Agency sees itself as a safety valve for increasing pressure on military services' IT budgets. At a meeting of CIOs last week, DISA told the military services they could offload commodity IT services to their data centers.

Wednesday - 10/17/2012, 05:51am EDT
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Air Force looks to revamp its definition of cyberspace

Current definitions of cyberspace have led to confusion about roles, responsibilities, lanes in the road, a top Air Force general said Thursday. Senior leaders will convene a summit in November to zero-in on a common understanding of cyber.

Friday - 10/12/2012, 02:10pm EDT
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