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10:47 pm, May 27, 2015

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Pentagon disputes study finding lower vaccination rates for military kids

New research suggests military children are more likely to be under-immunized against preventable disease than the public at large. Defense officials dispute the findings, saying seemingly-low vaccination rates are due in part to shortcomings in data collection.

Friday - 04/17/2015, 11:30am EDT
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DIA doubles training budget for IT workers in face of growing challenges

Janice Glover-Jones, the Defense Intelligence Agency's chief information officer, said she brought in a training expert from the CIA to help create courses to meet the agency's need for soft and technical skills.

Friday - 04/17/2015, 09:10am EDT
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Bob Hale, Booz Allen Hamilton, Former Comptroller, DoD

The Senate votes 54-43 today to start budget negotiations with the House of Representatives to work out a compromise on a budget resolution. But the Appropriations committees and the committees of jurisdiction over the agencies still have a lot of work to do. A lot of that work will revolve around the defense budget. Bob Hale is former Under Secretary of Defense Comptroller, and now a Fellow at Booz Allen. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered a caution about jumping to conclusions about the budget.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 04:05pm EDT
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Dr. Rob Smith, Vice President of C4ISR, Lockheed Martin

Tracking munitions is a costly and time-consuming process for military units. They can't afford to waste cartridges, missiles or grenades. Lockheed Martin has developed a new system that works around many of the challenges of tracking RFID tags remotely. It's called the Rubee Weapon Shot Counter, and it could potentially save the Defense Department millions. Dr. Rob Smith, the vice president of C4ISR Systems for Lockheed Martin's Information Systems and Global Solutions, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to dive deeper into the Rubee's uses.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 09:58am EDT
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Marine Corps building its first-ever cyber doctrine

Marine Corps leaders say the forthcoming policy will emphasize commanders' responsibility to understand cyberspace, build it into their operational plans, and integrate it with existing concepts for electronic warfare.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 03:59am EDT
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Pentagon plans to identify hundreds killed in Pearl Harbor

The military announced it would exhume and attempt to identify the remains of almost 400 sailors and Marines from the USS Oklahoma who were buried as unknowns after the war.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 03:37am EDT

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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