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6:27 am, August 29, 2014

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.

DoD brings culture of open architecture to a world of proprietary systems

Defense officials say shifting gears to build new systems with a focus on open architecture is a challenge. Even tougher is grafting open interfaces on systems that were designed to be closed and proprietary.

Wednesday - 11/13/2013, 12:12pm EST
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DoD finalizing major rewrite of acquisition guidance

Reworked guidance is the first update to key Defense Department instruction since 2008. Internal attempt to streamline the system is leading department officials to seek legislative changes to make the military acquisition process less complex.

Monday - 11/11/2013, 10:25am EST

Sequestration's second year worse than its first, military chiefs warn

The heads of DoD's military services say they were able to somewhat blunt sequestration's impact during its first year by using several one-time tactics. But they say the consequences of sudden reductions will get worse in 2014 and beyond.

Friday - 11/08/2013, 03:57am EST
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Budget experts blame lawmaker 'disengagement' as source of DoD turmoil

Former top staffers say current members of Congress no longer have a stake in any particular appropriation or authorization bill making its way through the legislative gauntlet — one reason why DoD and the rest of government continue to stumble from one continuing resolution to the next.

Thursday - 11/07/2013, 05:51am EST
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On DoD: Army seeks to integrate cyber approach to electronic warfare efforts

Col. Jim Ekvall, chief of the electronic warfare division, joins Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu on this week's edition of On DoD.

Wednesday - 11/06/2013, 11:31am EST
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DoD braces for a future of degraded military readiness

Pentagon leaders have spent the past two years warning Congress that sequestration would severely hamper the ability to deploy military forces to contingencies around the world. With no apparent relief in sight from the cuts, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said it's time to start thinking about making the best of a bad situation.

Wednesday - 11/06/2013, 04:00am EST
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Army ponders proper shape, size of cyber workforce

The Army still doesn't know whether its new and growing force of soldiers dedicated to cyber missions is large enough for the task. But it's certain it doesn't have the legal authorities it needs to attract and retain the talent it wants.

Monday - 10/28/2013, 04:10am EDT
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DoD acquisition programs remain alive, but sequestration damage is real

Virtually every one of DoD's acquisition programs took a hit from sequestration in the first year of sequestration, officials from each of the military services told lawmakers this week. But the next few years of the 10-year spending restrictions could be much more painful, especially if Congress doesn't return to the process of enacting regular appropriations bills.

Friday - 10/25/2013, 03:46am EDT
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Army looks to 'deep future' to ensure it stays ahead of technology curve

Assuming sequestration continues, the Army's near-term procurement plans are in severe jeopardy. But leaders say long-term investments in science and technology are a must.

Thursday - 10/24/2013, 04:11am EDT
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On DoD: AUSA 2013

Lt. Gen. Howard Bromberg, deputy chief of staff for personnel (G-1), Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell, commanding general, U.S. Army Europe, Gen. Ray Odierno, Army chief of staff Lt. Gen. Bill Phillips, principal military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology and director of the Army Acquisition Corps are featured in a special edition of On DoD this week covering the Association of the U.S. Army's (AUSA) annual meeting.

Wednesday - 10/23/2013, 11:33am EDT
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Marine Corps seeks better bang for its buck in family support programs

In the military, new programs to mitigate the stress of frequent deployments on servicemembers and their families blossomed everywhere over the past decade. Now that cost is a concern, the Marine Corps is looking for evidence that those programs are effective.

Monday - 10/21/2013, 03:51am EDT
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Pentagon says shutdown wasted at least $600 million

A tally totaling the costs of the government shutdown on the Defense Department only includes lost work-hours from civilian furloughs, not additional government costs from interest payments, contract delays or other impacts from the shutdown. AFGE and NTEU are asking agencies to speed up back pay to federal workers.

Friday - 10/18/2013, 04:18am EDT
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On DoD: Building more resilient soldiers, families and Army civilians

Col. Kenneth Riddle, director of the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program teaches soldiers and their families life skills.

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 11:21am EDT
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During shutdown, critical public safety functions fall by the wayside

A new staff report from the Senate Commerce Committee highlights some of the ways in which the government shutdown is throwing sand in the gears of the private economy. But the authors also point to several ways in which federal furloughs are jeopardizing public safety.

Friday - 10/11/2013, 06:38pm EDT
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GOP Lawmakers lambaste DoD over shutdown furloughs

Nearly all of the Defense Department's civilians are now working, despite the government shutdown. Many members of Congress believe none of those civilians should have been furloughed to begin with. DoD remains unsure how to address contractors under the Pay Our Military Act.

Friday - 10/11/2013, 04:07am EDT
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VA prepares for still more furloughs as money runs out

Most workers in the Veterans Benefits Administration will be sidelined in the next few weeks if a shutdown continues. Funding for employees at the National Cemetery Administration will run out in the next few days.

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 06:15am EDT
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Senate Intelligence Committee finalizing version of cyber sharing bill

The bill would conform, mostly, with the House's most recent Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. Both the House and Senate bills are trying to find common areas to incentivize private sector companies to share information on any malicious code their firms encounter, both by providing them with liability protections that would shield them from lawsuits that could otherwise follow from sharing information with competitors or with the government, and by convincing them that federal agencies are capable of securely communicating threat information between the private and public sectors.

Wednesday - 10/09/2013, 06:24am EDT
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DoD to bring back most employees from shutdown furlough

The Defense Department says it's decided it has the legal authority to bring most of its civilian workforce back from furlough even as a government shutdown persists. But the Pentagon warned that unless the shutdown ends soon, many of those employees will have nothing to do.

Saturday - 10/05/2013, 09:01pm EDT

Sequestration causing backups at DoD repair depots

Army and Marine Corps officials are citing cutbacks to the workforce at government-operated facilities that repair military equipment as the reason for less equipment getting back in the hands of warfighters.

Thursday - 10/03/2013, 05:31am EDT
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On DoD: Pentagon's JIE moves from planning to implementation

More than two years after the planning effort began, DoD's push to converge thousands of disparate IT enclaves into a more coherent structure is beginning to bear fruit.

Wednesday - 10/02/2013, 04:41pm EDT
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