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11:36 pm, December 17, 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.

Pentagon pushes data transparency to get better deals

DoD contracting officers now are required to upload the outcomes of their large sole-source procurements into a centralized database. This is part of a Pentagon effort to make sure the government has as much information as possible when it strikes deals with vendors for the same products it's bought before.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 03:32am EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department says it's having success with a new data transparency effort that's designed to drive better business deals on sole-source contracts. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports the initiative is designed to track all of its business arrangements with a certain vendor, so individual contracting officers can learn from past deals.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 05:00pm EST
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Navy is moving its email to the cloud - only questions are how and when

The Navy is testing Microsoft's Office 365 as one potential option for migrating its email users to a cloud-based service. But the cost of securing the system is yet to be determined.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 03:58am EST
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On DoD: Lt. Gen. James McConville, Army deputy chief of staff for personnel, and Robert Hale, former DoD comptroller

On this week's On DoD, some thoughts on the Army drawdown from the Army's chief personnel officer.

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 02:16pm EST
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For DoD, open architectures turn from a nice idea to a budget imperative

The Pentagon has professed for years that that open architectures were a great idea. Shrinking budgets might make them the default option.

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 05:03am EST
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Navy's 'awakening' means cyber threats aren't just an IT problem

A new task force widens the Navy's cybersecurity aperture worrying about ships and airplanes as being vulnerable to attack just as email and database servers are.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 05:46am EST
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DoD to ramp up deployment of Apple, Android smartphones

The Defense Department, long beholden to BlackBerry as its main mobility solution, plans to increase its use of Apple and Android smartphones tenfold over the next year.

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 04:26am EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Declassifying cyber doctrine, institutionalizing rapid acquisition and credit card perks

In this edition of "Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook," the Pentagon declassifies its long-awaited joint doctrine for cyberspace operations; DoD tries to institutionalize gains on rapid acquisition, but much depends on the workforce; the Pentagon announces several policy changes to cut travel expenses; and DISA shops for expansion of its classified commercial smartphone service.

Monday - 10/27/2014, 04:18am EDT

Marine Corps weeks away from beta testing BYOD approach

The Marine Corps will begin a small scale pilot in the next several weeks to determine whether commercial-grade security containers on mobile devices can meet DoD's security demands. If it's successful, Marines envision a BYOD strategy that begins implementation as soon as next year.

Friday - 10/24/2014, 04:01am EDT
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Army changing its energy culture through better data

By the end of next year, the Army will install advanced electric meters at most of its large buildings, giving the service much more detailed data on how it uses energy than it's ever seen before.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 03:58am EDT
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On DoD: Maj. Gen. Daniel Hughes, Army Program Executive Officer for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical

On this week's edition of On DoD, an update on the Army's efforts to modernize its tactical networks.

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 02:08pm EDT
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Army evolves its network integration process

The Army's network integration exercises will emphasize more lab testing and less integration during the NIE itself. Future NIEs will be biased toward programs of record, not off-the-shelf technologies.

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 04:01am EDT
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Report: Sequestration slashed DoD contract spending by 16 percent in 2013

Analysis by the Center for Strategic and International Studies shows R&D took the biggest hit, dropping by 21 percent in a single year. But payments to large firms and spending on large contracts got some degree of protection.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 08:32am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Congress has repeatedly tried to eliminate the problem of defense acquisition programs that cost more than they're supposed to and take too long to deliver. After several decades of attempts, it might be time to admit that lawmakers can't solve all of the Pentagon's purchasing problems. As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu explains.

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 10:15am EDT
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After decades of DoD acquisition reform, Congress has yet to tackle cultural issues

Big programs at DoD continue to overspend their budgets and blow past their schedules because of unrealistic requirements and rosy cost projections. As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, several acquisition experts pointed out that DoD acquisition is one of the most studied problems in the history of government.

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 04:52am EDT
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Army looking past push-ups, math scores to fill its future ranks

For now, push-ups and math scores are the main methods the Army uses to screen potential recruits. But officials say they are studying measures that take a "whole person" approach identifying future soldiers.

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 07:20am EDT

Army aims for complex battlefield simulations in real-time, via smartphones

As part of a project dubbed Command Post 2025, the Army wants to begin running complex modeling and simulation programs on the battlefield, using low-power devices in austere conditions.

Friday - 10/10/2014, 05:12am EDT

DoD, DHS push 'fly before you buy' approach to acquisition

The Defense and Homeland Security departments both say they are putting their programs on a path that will insist that technologies are rigorously tested before they commit to expensive acquisition strategies.

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 04:19am EDT

Review finds Military Health System has no systemic problems

A Pentagon review of the military's health facilities concluded the quality of DoD's medical system is generally in line with what's offered by private sector providers. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said "average" is not good enough.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 03:44am EDT

On DoD: John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

On this week's On DoD, John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, says the role of an IG is to effectuate change. In his words, "If it's worth publishing, it's worth publicizing."

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 03:00pm EDT
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