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On DoD

Wednesdays, 3 p.m.

The one-hour show focuses on the programs and policies that affect the Defense Department. Each week, defense reporter Jared Serbu speaks one-on-one and in depth with the people responsible for managing the inner workings of the federal government's largest department, and those who know it best.

DoD building cyber workforce of the future

Military's cyber leaders say job satisfaction has so far trumped salary concerns when it comes to building and retaining a workforce of elite cyber warriors. Building the capacity of that training pipeline is the next challenge.

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 03:47am EDT
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DoD office helps veterans ease back into civilian life

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve was set up in 1972 to help employers enable members of the National Guard and Reserve to re-enter the civilian job market.

Monday - 09/17/2012, 10:53am EDT
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New Army Reserve chief prioritizes suicide prevention, calm message on budget

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley took over as Chief of the Army Reserve in June. He tells Federal News Radio there are only two issues that keep him up at night.

Friday - 09/07/2012, 11:42am EDT
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Group takes 'evidence-based' approach to reforming military compensation

Todd Harrison is the defense budget fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. In this week's edition of On DoD, he talks with Jared Serbu about a new study he's just finished: Rebalancing Military Compensation: An Evidence-based Approach. He asked servicemembers which benefits they actually valued and which ones they didn't.

Thursday - 08/30/2012, 03:09pm EDT
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Vets navigate bumpy road in military-to-civilian transition

This edition of On DoD focuses mostly on one bump in the road in the military-to-civilian career transition: the higher education step. When it comes to paying for college, Congress has solved that problem, at least in theory. The relatively generous Post-9/11 GI bill gives recent veterans essentially a full ride scholarship for an undergraduate degree paying their tuition up to the rate of the most expensive public university in a veteran's home state.

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 03:24pm EDT
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Army agile acquisition to yield payoff

Dan Hughes, who was recently promoted to Army brigadier general, is the director of the Army's System of Systems Integration Directorate within the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. His office is one of the key players in the agile acquisition process the Army's trying to build.

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 03:42pm EDT
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Army Reserve emphasizes 'circle of talent'

Army leaders are encouraging active duty soldiers to consider entering the Reserves, said retiring Lt. Gen Jack Stultz, former commanding general of the Army Reserve Command. Stultz took off the uniform for the last time after a June 9 change of command ceremony.

Friday - 06/29/2012, 06:24am EDT
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Air Force, DLA lead way in suspensions, debarments

In this week's edition of On DoD, we hear from two of the agencies that are using suspension and debarment aggressively. The Air Force and the Defense Logistics Agency together processed more than 800 suspensions, debarments, and proposed debarments last year. We hear from Steven Shaw, the Air Force's deputy general counsel for contractor responsibility, and Normand Lussier, DLA's associate general counsel for contracting integrity.

Friday - 06/15/2012, 02:29pm EDT
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Army tries to improve and cut back on service contracting

The Army will soon issue guidance to all of its commands telling them to cut the dollars they spend on service contracts, the service's top contracting official tells Federal News Radio.

Friday - 05/04/2012, 01:45pm EDT
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Agencies explore possibilities of virtual worlds

Paulette Robinson, the iCollege's associate dean for teaching, learning and technology, said the Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds has grown from five members from four federal agencies in 2007 to 3,000 members this year.

Friday - 04/27/2012, 01:00pm EDT
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DoD R&D prioritizes 'Big Data'

The Defense Department aims to spend $60 million in new procurements to sort out its data deluge. The Pentagon already spends $250 million annually on research projects under the heading of "big data."

Wednesday - 04/11/2012, 07:43pm EDT
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Army aims for more speed, security with new IT network standards

The Army has released the implementation plan for how it will get its networked systems to a state it calls the "common operating environment." The strategy is designed to phase out stovepiped systems and begin building technologies to a common set of open standards.

Wednesday - 03/28/2012, 01:35pm EDT
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Federal voting program's objective: Make itself obsolete

Even in the 21st century, it can still be awfully tough to vote in an election if you're thousands of miles from your local polling place. Making sure such voters can cast ballots in federal elections is the mission of the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), a Defense Department office that offers assistance not just to military personnel, but to any U.S. citizen who needs help casting a ballot from overseas.

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 02:39pm EDT
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Army IT agency performs big mission with little fanfare

Don Adcock, executive director of the Army Information Technology Agency, tells Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu about how the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks forced the Pentagon to start consolidating data centers long before the topic was on most agencies' radar screens.

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 01:02pm EST
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DoD to issue new civil liberties guidance

Michael Reheuser is the director of the Defense Privacy and Civil Liberties Office, that oversees the Defense Department's compliance with the Privacy Act, which has been largely unchanged since 1974.

Wednesday - 02/15/2012, 12:32pm EST
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In Army Reserve, clearing out 'deadwood' will make room for best and brightest

The Army Reserve wants to make it easier for soldiers in the active component of the Army to make their way back and forth to the reserve components. To do it, the Reserve will raise its standards for those who continue to serve.

Wednesday - 02/01/2012, 05:06am EST
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DoD would change strategy even without budget pressure, Pentagon says

Declining budgets are a factor, but not the only factor in DoD's new strategic guidance. In this week's edition of On DoD, Pentagon spokesman George Little and Capt. John Kirby tell Federal News Radio the department would be implementing a new strategy with or without today's fiscal pressure.

Wednesday - 01/25/2012, 01:13pm EST
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Air Force reducing energy consumption in the air, on bases

The Air Force is hungry for energy like no agency in the federal government. The service's top energy official says they're trying to have a smaller appetite without hindering their mission.

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 05:06am EST
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Behind Goldwater-Nichols with author Jim Locher

In this edition of On DoD, we take a look back at one of the key events that made the military we have today what it is. 2011 was the 25th anniversary of the Goldwater-Nichols act. We marked the anniversary on Federal News Radio with a special series on how the major Defense reorganization made its way through Congress, and how lawmakers dragged the Pentagon, largely against its will, into a culture of jointness.

Thursday - 01/05/2012, 12:26pm EST
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DoD plans more formalized training for financial managers

The Pentagon has standardized, course-based training and certification programs for its acquisition workforce. DoD's CFO wants comparable standards for the department's financial management community.

Wednesday - 12/21/2011, 08:30am EST
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