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7:27 pm, November 28, 2014

DoD News

From Army sniper to IT professional: One vet's story of his transition to civilian life

It may seem like a leap to go from Army sniper to a career helping federal agencies deliver great online customer service and software development practices. But that's the story of Randy Tharp. A wounded warrior of two tours of duty in Iraq, he's also had two tours of duty as a federal civilian employee before heading to the Five-Nine Group.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 12:09pm EST

What are you doing to help our returning heroes transition to civilian jobs?

More than 1 million veterans are expected to re-enter the workforce during the next five years and it's the business community's responsibility to help them, says Deloitte's Janet Foutty. She says the nation owes it to today's newest veterans to help them find the right opportunities, the right access to education and the chance to enjoy the future they fought so hard to protect.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 02:23am EST

Up to 1500 US troops headed to Iraq

Troops will be sent over the next few months in a non-combat role to expand the U.S. advise and assist mission and initiate a comprehensive training effort for Iraqi forces.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 08:50am EST

DoD migrating to NSA-managed process for mobile device security approvals

The Defense Department is making some significant changes in the processes it uses to make sure commercial mobile technologies are safe enough for military networks, migrating from a process that's been largely managed by the Defense Information Systems Agency to one that relies more on private laboratories and is coordinated by the National Security Agency.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 03:57am EST

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Reservations over DoD's joint security infrastructure; Navy command leaving D.C; DISA embrac

In this edition of "Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook," reservations over DoD's joint security infrastructure; Navy command leaving D.C; DISA embraces NIAP for mobile.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 03:54am EST

Navy, Marine Corps to migrate to joint DoD cybersecurity architecture, but not until 2017

In this edition of "Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook," the Navy and Marine Corps have agreed to migrate their security infrastructure into JRSS, and all the services have agreed on the basic technical and policy questions.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 03:30am EST

Former DoD comptroller Robert Hale joins Booz Allen Hamilton

After sticking around as DoD comptroller for 5 1/2 years, the longest time anyone's served in that position since the 1950s, Robert Hale has taken a new job as a fellow and advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 03:03am EST

Military Sealift Command moving out of D.C., but most of its employee probably won't

Navy has issued an instruction giving the Military Sealift Command the OK for its proposal to move its headquarters from the Washington Navy Yard to Norfolk, Va.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 03:02am EST

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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Jessie Roberson, Vice Chair, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board is calling on the Department of Energy to improve emergency preparedness and response. Its most recent recommendation maps out a series of safety updates at DOE sites. Jessie Roberson is vice chair of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, and a new National Academy of Public Administration fellow. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained how she'll bring more than three decades in the nuclear engineering field to the NAPA fellowship.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 04:43pm EST
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Michael Brown, Vice President of Security Product Management, BlackBerry

The Defense Department is upgrading its military networks to increase its access to different types mobile technology. But many secruity experts say the gold standard for smartphones is still the Blackberry. Michael Brown is vice president of security product management and research for BlackBerry. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the importance of mobile security for federal agencies.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 04:26pm EST
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The Taliban winning and losing

The Taliban are able to launch suicide attacks and over-run small villages in remote areas, but when it comes to taking over Afghanistan, Gen. John Campbell commander of ISAF and U.S. forces-Afghanistan says the only real success the Taliban have been able to achieve lately is the media war.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 10:54am EST

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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Is Hagel's job secure?

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has postponed a trip overseas to Burma and Vietnam. Why did he do that? A defense department official said it was driven by new and significant demands being placed on the Secretary's schedule.

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 01:10pm EST

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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Tunisia's defense minister visits the US

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with the Tunisian Minister of Defense Ghazi Jeribi at the Pentagon on Monday. They discussed ways in which the U.S. and Tunisia could cooperate in fighting terrorism, given continuing instability in the region.

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 09:01am EST

Retired Navy Rear Adm. Terry McKnight

A new future of electronic warfare is coming to the Navy. But budget pressure may stunt the growth of that future. Retired Navy Rear Adm. Terry McKnight is former commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 2, and former commandant of Naval District Washington. He's also former deputy commander of Joint Force Headquarters in the National Capital region. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the time is ripe for a successor to the ANSLQ 32 electronic warfare suite.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:16pm EST
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The DHA and DoD healthcare delivery

How is the Defense Health Agency changing the way DoD delivers healthcare? What are some of the key challenges faced in restructuring such a complex system? How is DHA transforming its health information technology portfolio? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with LTG Douglas Robb, Director, Defense Health Agency.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 12:00pm 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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