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8:00 am, October 2, 2014

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Adm. James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander, NATO

United States operations in Iraq and Syria today put the U.S. in an unusual position. By fighting one opponent, the U.S. military is indirectly benefitting another nation it considers an adversary. That is one example of the fluidity of war fighting in the 21st century. Adm. James Stavridis is Dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO. He helped lead a task force on Creative Disruption for the Center for a New American Security. A paper on that task force looks at the disconnect between industry and DoD right now -- and on In Depth with Francis Rose, Admiral Stavridis said there are several answers.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:05pm EDT
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Debriefing the Army CIO

The U.S. Army, like all of the American military services, is dependent on an increasingly complex array of information technology to prosecute its mission. On this edition of AFCEA Answers, our guest is the officer responsible for the Army's IT resources, Lieutenant General Robert Ferrell USA , Chief Information Officer/G-6. He explains how the modernization of the Army's LandWarNet ties in with building the Joint Information Environment, and will result in improved network performance for Army facilities worldwide. The general also offers a progress report on the presidentially-mandated program to reduce the number of Army data centers. And he adds that acquisition modernization is vital to keeping the military's IT resources at the ready in a time of declining budgets and shifting threat priorities.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:05pm EDT

Maj. Gen. Gale Pollack, Former Acting Surgeon General, Army

More than 15,000 transgender personnel secretly serve in the military. In May, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel agreed to review the rules that prohibit transgender service members from serving openly. Now, three retired General Officers release a road map for a new policy. Maj. Gen. Gale Pollock, former acting Surgeon General of the Army and the Commission report co-chair, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 10:13am EDT
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Lt. Cmdr. John Hiltz, Right Wing, Blue Angels

If you've been to an air show, you've seen them: The Blue Angels. They're the Navy's flight demonstration squadron zooming in formation in meticulously painted F-18s. Tom Temin caught up with Lt. Cmdr. John Hiltz, number 2 pilot and right wing, on the Federal Drive as the Angels prepare to receive new recruits. He told Tom about the crew of 130 that make the show happen day in and day out.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 09:13pm EDT
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Elana Broitman, Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, DoD

Elana Broitman will soon leave the Defense Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing & Industrial Base Policy. Andre Gudger -- Director of the Office of Small Business Programs -- will take over her role on an acting basis until Secretary Broitman's position is filled. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Broitman said the companies she's worked with in the past year have shown her (and the department) they can do amazing things.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:15pm EDT
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RFP officially begins DoD effort to modernize electronic health records

After more than a year of planning, the Defense Department issues the final solicitation for a commercial software to replace its AHLTA program. The Pentagon expects to make a single award for the contract that could be worth $11 billion over its lifetime.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 09:51am EDT

Troops need four months to leave Afghanistan

The Pentagon has worked up plans that would allow American forces to remain in Afghanistan beyond the end of the year if the contested presidential election drags on and a security agreement isn't signed soon. The Associate Press is reporting that shortly before landing in Kabul for a visit, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, told reporters accompanying him on the trip that under optimal circumstances the U.S. would need about 120 days to pull all troops and equipment out of the country if there is no agreement allowing them to stay into 2015.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 09:32am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The percentage of Defense Department contract dollars the Pentagon awards via competitive bids has been falling every year since 2008. And its self-imposed goals for contract competition have been missed every year since then. Now Frank Kendall, the undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, issues a set of orders to Pentagon leaders. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details. Read Jared's related article.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 08:52am EDT
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Soldier dies after shooting herself in Virginia

Military: Soldier dies after shooting herself in head in barricaded Va. army office

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 01:32am EDT

Pentagon sees competition declining in defense contracting, and orders remedies

The Defense Department's acquisition chief outlined a series of changes intended to bolster competition for DoD contracts on Friday, lamenting the fact that the Pentagon has missed its competition goals every year since the goals were created.

Monday - 08/25/2014, 03:22pm EDT

US protests Chinese military action

The Obama administration on Friday accused a Chinese fighter jet of conducting a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace. The Associated Press reports it's the fourth such incident since March. Rear Adm. John Kirby, Pentagon Press Secretary, said Washington protested to the Chinese military through diplomatic channels, calling the fighter pilot's actions "unsafe and unprofessional." Furthermore, U.S. officials said this is at least the second formal complaint American diplomats have filed with the Chinese over these military actions in recent months.

Monday - 08/25/2014, 12:21pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Leaders at the Defense Information Systems Agency are preparing for a significant restructuring of the organization. They hope it will make the IT agency more agile, and more able to cope with its increasing responsibilities in a time of declining budgets. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

Monday - 08/25/2014, 09:13am EDT
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Edda Emmanuelli Perez, Government Accountability Office

The Pentagon broke a couple of federal laws when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders, according to the Government Accountability Office. Edda Emmanuelli Perez, managing associate general counsel at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the origin of the investigation.

Monday - 08/25/2014, 07:28am EDT
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DISA to restructure with eye toward more agility, Cyber Command

The Defense Information Systems Agency will begin to shake up its organizational chart in significant ways beginning on Oct. 1. But officials, so far, are reluctant to discuss the details.

Monday - 08/25/2014, 04:24am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Right now, the Navy has more than 630 network baselines on its ships at sea. A contract the service awarded this week aims to change that. The Navy is committing up to $2.5 billion to five vendors who will replace that IT mishmash with a single, standards based network architecture. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

Friday - 08/22/2014, 09:45am EDT
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How great of a threat does ISIL pose to the US?

"The immediacy is in the number of Europeans and other nationalities who have come to the region to be a part of that ideology," said Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey. He made the comments while discussing the strength of ISIL in Syria and Iraq. The immediate problem for the U.S. he says is that some of those foreign fighters which came from the U.S. may have already gone home.

Friday - 08/22/2014, 09:14am EDT

GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap

Congressional investigators say Pentagon violated law with swap of Army prisoner for 5 Taliban

Friday - 08/22/2014, 07:48am EDT

Five firms get $2.5B contract to install new network on Navy ships

The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity award will converge the heterogeneous IT architectures aboard Navy ships - all 630 of them - into a single, standards based architecture.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 02:48pm EDT
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DoD revisiting security guidelines for commercial cloud

The Defense Information Systems Agency, which serves as the broker between Defense Department components and commercial providers of cloud computing services, says the certification standards it set for commercial providers may be too arduous for vendors. DoD also launched five pilots to test the use of commercial cloud providers and is reassessing how it develops cloud requirements.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 05:19am EDT
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NSA's mobility mission office puts itself out of business

The National Security Agency closed down an office dedicated to mobility, because devices and apps have become part of the fabric of everything the agency does. But NSA, like all agencies, still must figure out how to secure mobile devices using derived credentials.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 04:53am EDT
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