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1:04 pm, May 29, 2015

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.

Navy can't afford to fix all of its cyber vulnerabilities, so time to prioritize

A task force assigned to take a holistic view of the Navy's cybersecurity posture catalogues security holes across the Navy enterprise, and concludes that plugging each one would cost an absurd amount of money.

Monday - 02/16/2015, 04:20am EST
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Ebola response by NGA marks first step in 'unprecedented' move toward data transparency

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency wants a collaborative arrangement with commercial entrants into the GEOINT business - and promises it will do its part by sharing as much as possible.

Friday - 02/13/2015, 04:07am EST
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GAO adds IT acquisition, VA health care to High Risk List

The Government Accountability Office added two new issues to its ever-growing list of challenges for agencies. The biennial High Risk List includes six areas that have been problematic for 25 years.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 04:42am EST
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Work: DoD needs funding boost, but fixing readiness will take years

The military services say they've made some progress against the readiness levels they lost when sequestration first struck in 2013. The Pentagon's second- ranking official said Tuesday that momentum needs to be maintained, but DoD's challenges are as much about time as about money.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 04:17am EST

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Army to soldiers: get some sleep; DoD energy use falls to lowest level on record

In this week's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, the Army wants its soldiers to have healthy exercise, nutrition and sleep routines and DoD energy use falls to lowest level on record. Also in this edition...

Monday - 02/09/2015, 03:37am EST

For Army, upgraded IT networks might mean fewer deployed soldiers

The Army is revisiting its approach to mission command and leaning on improved IT networks as one way to make its forces more flexible.

Friday - 02/06/2015, 04:09am EST

Carter promises 'leaner' Pentagon if confirmed as Defense secretary

Ashton Carter, President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next Defense secretary, told senators that cost overruns and needless overhead spending 'must stop,' but so must arbitrary caps on Defense spending.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 12:24pm EST
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Congress must force DoD, VA to work together as part of military compensation overhaul

In their first round of congressional testimony, members of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission cited glaring gaps between the policies and services provided by DoD and VA. Their report found that existing systems to bridge the gap are mostly a paperwork exercise.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 04:14am EST
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DoD likely to lean on overseas accounts for sequestration safety valve

The Obama administration already has made clear that it will request a budget Monday which violates the automatic spending caps in existing law. But for DoD, the war accounts, which are exempt from the caps, may serve as a backup plan.

Monday - 02/02/2015, 05:24am EST

In Pentagon's belated march to the cloud, DoD CIO looks to spark 'national dialogue' on cloud security

Pentagon CIO sees renewed vigor in DoD's cloud migration path as an opportunity to raise the bar for the nation's overall cybersecurity, telling vendors he wants a much closer partnership with commercial cloud providers.

Friday - 01/30/2015, 12:17pm EST
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McCain pushes greater role for military service chiefs to fix acquisition

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the new chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said his committee has more work to do before it draws up a broad acquisition reform package. But one element will be a more full-throated role for the uniformed military.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:36am EST
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Next step for DoD cybersecurity: Ditch passwords once and for all

The Pentagon led the way for the rest of the government by implementing two-factor authentication across many of its systems. But plenty of important IT infrastructure still relies on a "reckless" system that depends on passwords alone for authentication.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 09:44am EST

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Earlier this month, the Defense Information Systems Agency announced a major reorganization. It says the changes would help drive cybersecurity into everything the agency does. But DISA will never have unlimited resources, so it's now moving toward a "risk management" approach to cybersecurity: Accepting risk in some areas so that it can make sure that what really matters is highly secure. The risk management executive is a new position within the agency's organizational chart. DISA Risk Management Executive Mark Orndorff talked about the new cyber philosophy with Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 04:38pm EST
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Online Chat: Mark Orndorff, risk management executive & CIO, DISA

Mark Orndorff, risk management executive & chief information officer for the Defense Information Systems Agency, joins Federal News Radio for a free online chat to discuss his agency's new risk management organization and DoD's evolving approach to cybersecurity.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 11:00am EST

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Military systems weak to even low-level hacks, Air Force centralizes its base support

In this week's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, a Pentagon report says DoD systems are vulnerable to low-level hackers, the Air Force consolidates base support in San Antonio, a VA IG audit finds the agency isn't living up to its accountability standards and DISA's top cyber official retires this week.

Monday - 01/26/2015, 04:41am EST

VA seeks Army Corps of Engineers' help after construction failures

VA will seek at least $1.1 billion from Congress to rescue a Denver hospital project that was supposed to cost $600 million. The final price tag won't be known for several more months. VA also asked the Army Corps to conduct a complete examination of its major construction programs across the country.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:56am EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

When the Department of Veterans Affairs started building a new state-of-the-art hospital in Denver, it was supposed to cost $600 billion and be finished by 2014. Today, it's less than half complete, the price tag has doubled and it's likely to go even higher. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the VA is turning to the Army Corps of Engineers to help avoid similar blunders in the future.

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 04:30pm EST
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New House Armed Services Committee chair vows DoD reform agenda, starting with acquisition

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), incoming chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, says defense acquisition reform is an essential element of his agenda. But the approach will be slow and steady.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 03:48am EST
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Air Force to ask for base closures, aircraft retirements despite repeated rebuffs

As is typical, Defense leaders are not sharing many details about next year's budget proposal prior to its expected February release. But the Air Force is making clear it's gearing up for another fight on BRAC and aircraft divestitures, and thinks it might win this time.

Monday - 01/19/2015, 03:54am EST
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Air Force to reshape 'cost curve' via targeted acquisition reforms

A new series of acquisition changes called "Bending the Cost Curve" aims to make the overall Air Force acquisition process more responsive to technological advances, and reduce the time it takes to buy major weapons systems. The Air Force Research Lab will host a technology challenge program with the largest award in military history.

Friday - 01/16/2015, 04:00am EST
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