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AP IMPACT: Combat stress felt far from front lines

AP IMPACT: Far from the front lines, combat stress troubles Air Force intelligence units

Tuesday - 03/12/2013, 09:54am EDT

DoD's recovery from sequestration-related cuts will take months, years

With sequestration now in effect, the Defense Department says it will have to begin to make decisions that cross the threshold between "reversible" cuts to military capability and those that will have long-lasting impacts.

Monday - 03/04/2013, 05:21am EST
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Military worried small business suppliers will disappear during sequestration

Small firms already have taken a disproportionate hit from DoD's pullback in 2013 spending, Pentagon officials say. Military acquisition leaders worry the sudden cuts will bankrupt small businesses that provide one-of-a-kind capabilities.

Friday - 03/01/2013, 06:10am EST
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Sequestration treadmill picking up steam across DoD

The automatic budget cuts set to occur under sequestration will go into effect as a matter of law on Friday. But their full impact won't be felt until late this spring, long after lawmakers encounter the next budget showdown.

Thursday - 02/28/2013, 07:27am EST
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Coburn calls for partial federal job freeze as sequestration nears

The Republican senator from Oklahoma is asking the Office of Management and Budget to require agencies to stop hiring for certain positions. Instead, he would like that funding put towards mission critical jobs that could be affected by sequestration cuts. Coburn, the ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, found 10 jobs listed on USAJobs.gov that he believes could be frozen. He says this would give agencies $1.4 million to spend on positions like border security officers and TSA screeners.

Monday - 02/25/2013, 03:03pm EST

Air Force study to focus on 'game-changing' technology

Dr. Mark Maybury, the Air Force's chief scientist, discusses a wide-ranging study of potential future "game changers" and best practices in each of the service's core mission areas.

Monday - 02/11/2013, 12:32pm EST
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Air Force: Sequestration already creating 'chronic inefficiency'

The Air Force's long-range planning and modernization takes back seat to preparations for near-term crises, including contingency plans to scale back civilian workforce. Civilian furloughs would be "breach of faith," Air Force says.

Friday - 02/08/2013, 05:57pm EST

Air Force creating 'battle rhythm' to stop sexual assault

The Air Force said it has identified 59 victims at a basic training facility. Thirty-two instructors are among those who have been accused or convicted of committing sexual improprieties with trainees. Senior leaders say they must do more to stop the problem.

Thursday - 01/24/2013, 06:38am EST
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Air Force general calls sex assaults a 'cancer'

Likening sexual assault in the Air Force's ranks to a cancer, the service's top officer resolved Wednesday to tackle the problem by screening personnel more carefully and putting an end to bad behaviors like binge drinking that can lead to misconduct.

Wednesday - 01/23/2013, 02:52pm EST
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Air Force inspections found porn, offensive items

Hoping to fight sexual assault in its own ranks, the Air Force said Friday a sweep of air base offices worldwide found thousands of suspect materials ranging from pornographic films to a beer bong.

Friday - 01/18/2013, 05:22pm EST

Begin saving cash now, Air Force tells commanders

The Air Force orders commanders to start cutbacks in advance of the next budget emergency.

Wednesday - 01/16/2013, 11:08am EST
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Jan. 14, 2013

Martin Libicki of Rand Corp talks about managing cyber attacks. Kevin Brancato of Bloomberg Government discusses the Canada's decision to pass on the F-35. John Templeton of BlackMoney.com talks about being an African American in IT. Belva Martin of GAO discusses the new network communications strategy.

Monday - 01/14/2013, 09:05am EST

Air Force's sequestration hit would mean less of everything

Air Force commanders will get orders in the next few days to plan for the possibility of fewer flying hours, providing fewer office supplies and working on fewer IT upgrades. Part of the service's planning will be to figure out how many civilian workers would need to be furloughed and for how long.

Monday - 01/14/2013, 05:19am EST
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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
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