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Air Force News

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: GSA FAS, shared services and DHS contract awards

News and buzz in the acquisition and IT communities that you may have missed this week.

Friday - 01/11/2013, 06:50pm EST

2 sailors request trial in prostitution scandal

Two Navy sailors have rejected administrative punishments for allegedly hiring prostitutes in Colombia last year in a scandal that engulfed members of the military and Secret Service, and both asked for trials by court-martial.

Friday - 01/11/2013, 05:17pm EST

New era of social media pushes agencies toward data, away from platforms

GSA, State and the Air Force are starting to see the benefits of using social media data to improve services and not focusing so much on how it's delivered. Challenges and contests are examples of this information-centric approach. But the dependence on and acceptance of social media platforms is growing across nearly every agency.

Thursday - 01/10/2013, 05:34am EST

Cyber study helps Air Force synch efforts with DoD's broader goals

Dr. Mark Maybury, the Air Force's chief scientist, joins On DoD to describe the areas the Air Force plans for cybersecurity development.

Wednesday - 01/09/2013, 03:43pm EST
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Double-digit increase in reported sexual assaults at military academies

Reports of unwanted sexual contact increased sharply in the past academic year. The Pentagon believes the spike shows more reporting, not more crimes.

Wednesday - 12/26/2012, 12:28pm EST
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Joint Chiefs to crack down on military IT stovepipes

A new process promises more advance word on what the Pentagon wants from its military services, but demands they comply with common architectures. DoD said it is learning from development mistakes of the past.

Monday - 12/17/2012, 05:45am EST
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Dec. 10, 2012

Paul Firman, instructor and program director at The Air Force Culture and Language Center, discusses AFCLC's latest pocket guidebook. Nela Richardson, senior economic analyst for Bloomberg Government, talks about a new report on mortgage giants Fannie May and Freddie Mac.

Monday - 12/10/2012, 09:42am EST

Navy, Air Force CMOs decry 'blunt, formulaic' cuts to civilian workforce

Senate-passed annual authorization bill for DoD would require a 5 percent cut in non-uniformed employees. Chief management officers from two military services say mathematical cuts to a workforce that's "under siege" would be unwise.

Monday - 12/10/2012, 05:56am EST
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VetNet: Helping veterans find jobs

Host Derrick Dortch hosts a roundtable discussion of a new initiatiave to help transitioning veterans find jobs once they leave the military.
December 7, 2012(Encore presentation December 21, 2012 & December 28, 2012)

Friday - 12/07/2012, 08:50pm EST
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Air Force role just 1 piece of DoD's cyber puzzle

Air Force senior leaders assigned themselves several tasks after a summit on cyberspace in mid-November. But the service's role in cyberspace also awaits forthcoming guidance from the military's top leadership on the future of U.S. Cyber Command.

Monday - 12/03/2012, 05:16am EST
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Air Force report falls short in fighting sexual assaults, victim advocate says

Jennifer Norris, a victim advocate at the Military Rape Crisis Center in Maine, said the Air Force report released Wednesday investigating the widespread scandal at Lackland Air Base made recommendations but didn't address the military culture that allowed the sexual assaults to occur.

Thursday - 11/15/2012, 12:11pm EST
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Air Force scandal prompts changes at training base

The U.S. Air Force announced Wednesday that it is changing how it selects officers and instructors who train new recruits after a sex scandal at its training headquarters in which dozens of female recruits said they were improperly approached, sexually harassed or raped by male instructors.

Wednesday - 11/14/2012, 04:02pm EST

'Careless' budget cut threatens critical debris tracking system, Air Force space chief says

Gen. William Shelton says some costs for space activities are unsustainable and the service is working to bring them down. But he implored "congressional teammates" not to cut funding for programs that are working.

Monday - 11/12/2012, 05:10am EST
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Federal Drive interviews - Oct. 26

How would the Pentagon change under Mitt Romney? And what would President Obama do to the Defense Department in a second term? Federal Drives talks to advisers to the two candidates about the different approaches to national security.

Friday - 10/26/2012, 09:56am EDT

Federal Drive Interviews -- Oct. 19, 2012

Warren Suss of Suss Consulting discusses Sprint's acquisition by Japanese company Softbank. Harl Sanderson, the "mayor of Beale Air Force Base," is honored as manager of the year. Roger Baker, the CIO at the VA, talks about the benefits of electronic health records. Technology reporter Ed Scannell reviews Windows 8.

Friday - 10/19/2012, 09:29am EDT

Air Force looks to revamp its definition of cyberspace

Current definitions of cyberspace have led to confusion about roles, responsibilities, lanes in the road, a top Air Force general said Thursday. Senior leaders will convene a summit in November to zero-in on a common understanding of cyber.

Friday - 10/12/2012, 02:10pm EDT
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Air Force wrestling with how best to define an IT 'enterprise'

As service transitions to Air Force and DoD enterprise IT models, defining what technology services should be shared is still on the to-do list. The service's AFNet program is the umbrella effort to centrally-manage many commodity IT functions.

Thursday - 10/04/2012, 05:40am EDT
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Roth TSP now open to active-duty servicemembers

As of Monday, active-duty members of the Army, Navy and Air Force can now participate in the Roth Thrift Savings Plan option.

Tuesday - 10/02/2012, 09:18am EDT

DoD cuts ribbon on centralized medical headquarters

Officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday for the new Defense Health Headquarters in Virginia.

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 10:11am EDT

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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