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10:37 am, April 25, 2015

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For better government, consolidate DoD bases, health care programs

On the road to better, more cost-effective government, Congress will have to consider consolidating military health care and ramping up tax enforcement at the Internal Revenue Service, the comptroller general says.

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 09:35am EDT

Rear Adm. Mike Manazir, Director, Air Warfare, U.S. Navy

The Navy and Air Force contemplate partnering up to develop the next generation of fighters, which are currently due out in 2030. Rear Adm. Mike Manazir is the director of Air Warfare for the Navy. He says the goal is to develop a successor that fits both services' goals. On the Federal Drive at the Sea-Air-Space 2015 conference at National Harbor, Manazir gave Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp his vision for the future of naval aviation.

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 09:18am EDT
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A Conversation with Brigadier General John G. Ferrari

What are the U.S. Army's key strategic and operational objectives? How is the Army restructuring its aviation portfolio? How is the Army using analytics to inform decision-making and resource allocation? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and so much more with Brigadier General John Ferrari, Director, Program Analysis and Evaluation, Office of the U.S. Army's deputy chief of staff.

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 08:56am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is creating a new commodity technology shared service provider to serve the Pentagon and other locations in the Washington, D.C. area. DoD will issue a memo in the coming weeks to merge the Army's IT agency and other IT service providers into the Defense Information System Agency. In his biweekly feature, "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," executive editor Jason Miller has exclusive details of this new shared services set up. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review them.

Monday - 04/13/2015, 09:54am EDT
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DoD to create single IT shared services office for DC region

The Defense Department is creating a single shared-services office for all commodity information technology for the Washington metro area and placing it under the Defense Information Systems Agency.

Monday - 04/13/2015, 04:16am EDT

DoD promises to balance push for open architectures with companies' property rights

Pentagon is studying its existing use of open systems in preparation for a final report, due at the end of the year, on how to expand them. Officials insist they're not interested in wiping out Defense firms' proprietary systems, but they need to own the data links between them.

Monday - 04/13/2015, 03:42am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

As part of the Pentagon's newly-unveiled Better Buying Power 3.0, officials say they're planning a concerted push for more open architectures - and owning the data rights to acquisition systems where it's appropriate. But DoD is trying to reassure companies that doesn't mean it will try to demand ownership of its most valued proprietary technology. More details from Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 05:12pm EDT
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DoD's Better Buying Power 3.0 raises cyber as a core acquisition concern

The Defense Department published a 3.0 version of its Better Buying Power program Thursday, saying the overall plan represents "more continuity than change." But there have been shifts in emphasis over the initiative's five-year lifespan, including a new focus on cybersecurity.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 04:44am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department released Thursday its update to Better Buying Power. It includes marching orders to the acquisition community on how to recreate a technology gap between the United States and other countries. DoD officials worry the militaries of other nations are quickly closing that gap. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the 3.0 version of Better Buying Power includes a new emphasis on cybersecurity.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:56pm EDT
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Army deploying warfighting version of in-flight Wi-Fi

Within weeks, the Army says it will deploy systems that, for the first time, will give commanders access to the systems they need for mission command and planning, while they and their troops are airborne.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 12:55pm EDT
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Frank Hoffman, Senior Research Fellow, National Defense University

The definition of the word "strategy" is changing at the Defense Department. And not in a good way. That's according to Frank Hoffman, senior research fellow at the National Defense University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the current definition of the word "strategy" needs to change in four ways, and should include some extra tweaks too.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 05:12pm EDT
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Col. Scott Erdelatz, Director, Lejeune Leadership Institute

The Marine Corps University is reviewing lessons learned from a two-day training event at Marine Corps Base Quantico the middle of March. The Lejuene Leadership Institute is part of the Marine Corps University. Col. Scott Erdelatz is director of the Lejeune Leadership Institute. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said some of the Institute's training may be new, but the program isn't.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 04:32pm EDT
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Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, Director, F-35 Integration Office, Air Force

The Air Force is adding triple the staff to its F-35 Integration Office. That increases the staff from four to 12. And Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark Welsh, said the aircraft's cost curve is finally starting to come down. Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian is the new director of the F-35 Integration Office at the Air Force. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he talked about cost, capability, and lessons learned from the program.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 04:17pm EDT
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With or without BRAC, DoD's footprint is shrinking

In the absence of congressional authorization for another BRAC round, the Pentagon contemplates "alternative options" for base closure. Meanwhile, defense communities see fewer personnel spread across the same number of bases.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 04:27am EDT
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Navy finalizing strategy to begin moving cyber into warfighter domain

The Department of Navy's Cyber Fleet Command is among the first military services to recognize the need to operationalize cyber along with traditional weapons. DISA Director Gen. Ronnie Hawkins said the Joint Regional Security Stacks (JRSS) should move into a cyber range to test the security architecture against real-world attack simulations.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 04:04am EDT
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Craig Bond, Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School

The Defense Department is considering changing how much the agency subsidizes commissaries to save the agency money. But changing the subsidy level may mean fewer people use the commissaries and buy at regular stores instead. Craig Bond, economist is a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what he found would happen if prices at the commissaries go up.

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 04:53pm EDT
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Tom Collina, Director of Policy, Ploughshares Fund

Members of the House and Senate Armed Services committees can't decide if the defense budget should be above or below sequestration caps. So both the House and Senate's plans keep DoD's budget within the caps set by the 2011 Budget Control Act and increase funds for overseas contingency operations. Tom Collina is director of policy for the Ploughshares Fund and former research director of the non-partisan Arms Control Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the OCO budget plans are just a political compromise and don't address the real issues confronting defense spending reform.

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 04:28pm EDT
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Defense secretary says US opening new phase of Asia pivot

Ahead of visit, Defense Secretary Carter says US opening new phase of focus on Asia-Pacific

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 10:50am EDT

Dr. Charles O'Connell, Director, Air Force Historical Research Agency

Last week marked the death of a great, if largely forgotten, American. Robert Hite was a co-pilot in the legendary Doolittle's bombing raid over Tokyo in the midst of World War II. Doolittle's Raiders shattered the idea that Japan was invulnerable and changed the psychology of the war. Hite's oral history has been preserved by the Air Force Historical Research Agency. Its director, Charles O'Connell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more of what the agency does.

Monday - 04/06/2015, 10:04am EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Congress watches over military voting, Air Force staff cuts

In this edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has asked the GAO to review the Federal Voting Assistance Program, the DoD office in charge of helping military members and civilians living abroad cast their ballots. Plus, Sen. John McCain, sends a letter to the Air Force accusing it of engaging in a shell game with its workforce.

Monday - 04/06/2015, 03:50am EDT
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