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1:11 am, September 3, 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.

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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DoD works out how military pay bill will impact civilians

President Obama signed a bill at the dawn of the government shutdown, and it could significantly increase the number of non-uniformed military employees exempt from furlough during the shutdown. So far, the Defense Department has sent no signals on how it would choose to enact the provisions.

Wednesday - 10/02/2013, 05:41am EDT
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DoD would furlough roughly half of civilian workforce during shutdown

Pentagon guidance says military members will report to work as normal under a government shutdown, and most employees working under service contracts would be unaffected as well. But about half the civilian workforce would be told to stay home without pay.

Friday - 09/27/2013, 08:37pm EDT
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Air Force warns industry to expect delayed acquisition decisions

The Air Force says budget uncertainty will mean a lot of delayed contracting decisions in the first portion of 2014. Meanwhile, the service is hurriedly trying to spend every last dollar in its 2013 procurement accounts.

Friday - 09/27/2013, 11:40am EDT
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NIST puts finishing touches on critical infrastructure cyber framework

The preliminary version of the framework will be published in mid-October, followed by several months of public comment. NIST plans a final release of the voluntary framework in February.

Thursday - 09/26/2013, 06:23am EDT
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Army gets the green light for major IT security reorganization

Congress approves a $175 million spending package that will let the Army move ahead with plans to consolidate 400 IT security watchtowers down to around a dozen. The cyber initiative is part of broader effort to move the entire DoD toward the Joint Information Environment.

Wednesday - 09/25/2013, 05:46am EDT
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On DoD: Preserving the industrial base during the current defense downturn

Barry Watts, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and former head of the Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation at the Defense Department explains that the industrial base supporting defense is a lot smaller now as opposed to past spending reductions.

Monday - 09/23/2013, 10:49pm EDT
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DHS' slow progress in centralizing acquisition frustrates Congress

Members of Congress are frustrated at what they see as a failure by the Department of Homeland Security to effectively manage the acquisition practices of its various components, leading to poorly defined requirements and wasted money. But DHS says some of the problems are of Congress' own making.

Monday - 09/23/2013, 06:03am EDT
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Four years after Ft. Hood, Pentagon still studying base security

DoD still is working to implement dozens of recommendations that followed the 2009 Fort Hood shooting. The Pentagon wants to create a system that notifies security managers about potential problems with clearance holders ahead of time.

Thursday - 09/19/2013, 05:52am EDT
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Air Force empowers its CIO, centralizes IT planning

Senior uniformed Air Force leaders have agreed it's time to give more authority to the service's chief information officer. The CIO is drafting plans that will give it more say-so over planning the overall IT environment and the dollars targeted toward individual projects.

Wednesday - 09/18/2013, 06:18am EDT
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Takai mandates entire DoD to migrate to enterprise email

Military services and agencies have 120 days to draft strategies for shutting down their own email systems and migrating to DISA's enterprise email offering. The DoD CIO ordered the move to begin no later than the first quarter of 2015.

Friday - 09/13/2013, 05:29am EDT
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DoD research, acquisition face double whammy from sequestration

Like everything else, the Pentagon expects to cut procurement and research spending under a second year of sequestration. But DoD's acquisition chief said modernization programs will be a bill-payer for other areas of spending that are harder to reduce quickly.

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 05:49am EDT
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DISA embraces new role as DoD's sole provider of big data centers

The Defense Information Systems Agency believes it can save the military services big bucks on data storage, processing and communications by becoming a one-stop-shop for IT in the continental U.S. Under a new Pentagon plan, it's the military's only provider for large data centers.

Wednesday - 09/04/2013, 05:41am EDT
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Army, Air Force sign up for shared network architecture

The Army says it has more next-generation network capacity than it needs, and the Air Force has the opposite problem. A new agreement to share infrastructure will save the Air Force more than $1 billion.

Tuesday - 09/03/2013, 05:24am EDT

VA expands on-campus counselor program to help student veterans

Full-time counselors hired by the Department of Veterans Affairs will have offices on 94 college campuses by 2014. The on-site counselors help student veterans with everything from GI Bill problems to transitioning from military to civilian life.

Friday - 08/30/2013, 05:26am EDT
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Army Reserve leverages private sector money to train soldiers

The Army Reserve has kicked off a program where it will partner with the private sector to help fund its large-scale training exercises. Lt. Gen. Jeff Talley, the chief of the Army Reserve, said the initiative capitalizes on what he sees as one of the Reserve's strengths: its members' connection to private employers.

Thursday - 08/29/2013, 05:16pm EDT
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Army Reserve struggles to fill midgrade ranks

Signing up new recruits is not a problem for the Army Reserve. Getting them to stay long enough to fill slots for midgrade and senior enlisted positions is another matter.

Wednesday - 08/28/2013, 05:38am EDT
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Tiny DoD office earns only federal award for workplace flexibility

Out of 300 employers to be recognized for creating flexible workplaces this year, the William Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies is the only federal entity that made the cut.

Monday - 08/19/2013, 05:25am EDT

Pentagon orders new measures to combat sexual assault

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel orders seven reforms based on existing "best practices" inside and outside of DoD. Critics call the announcement a missed opportunity for more sweeping changes in the fight against military sexual assault.

Friday - 08/16/2013, 05:46am EDT
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