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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force hopes small, non-traditional contractors can help it make upgrades to several of its key communications and IT systems. And it hopes to do it much more cheaply and quickly than through the traditional acquisition system. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports the Air Force will base the new project on open architectures -- and kick off the new project within the next few days.

Tags: Jared Serbu , DoD , In Depth

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 04:40pm EDT
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Lt. Col. Dan Ward, Cybersecurity Fellow, New America Foundation

The Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt is one of the most effective aircraft in the fleet. Its project leaders say the Thunderbolt's simple design means its development time and maintenance costs beat out other, more complex systems. But simple weapons systems are hard to come by now at the Defense Department. Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Ward is now a cybersecurity fellow at the New America Foundation and his latest book is "The Simplicity Cycle." He tells In Depth with Francis Rose, government technology development programs are too complex, and simpler alternatives are already out there.

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Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 04:01pm EDT
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Rear Adm. Mike Manazir, Director, Air Warfare, U.S. Navy

The Navy and Air Force contemplate partnering up to develop the next generation of fighters, which are currently due out in 2030. Rear Adm. Mike Manazir is the director of Air Warfare for the Navy. He says the goal is to develop a successor that fits both services' goals. On the Federal Drive at the Sea-Air-Space 2015 conference at National Harbor, Manazir gave Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp his vision for the future of naval aviation.

Tags: Mike Manazir , Navy , Emily Kopp , DoD

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 09:18am EDT
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Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, Director, F-35 Integration Office, Air Force

The Air Force is adding triple the staff to its F-35 Integration Office. That increases the staff from four to 12. And Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark Welsh, said the aircraft's cost curve is finally starting to come down. Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian is the new director of the F-35 Integration Office at the Air Force. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he talked about cost, capability, and lessons learned from the program.

Tags: Jeffrey Harrigian , F-35 , F-35 Integration Office , In Depth , DoD

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 04:17pm EDT
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McCain says Air Force's headquarters cutbacks are illusory

Sen. John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee,has sent a letter to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James accusing the Air Force of engaging in a "shell game that simply moved money to fund the same positions elsewhere in the service."

Tags: DoD , FVAP , Congress , DoD Inspector General , Audit readiness , Jared Serbu

Monday - 04/06/2015, 03:32am EDT

Lawmakers seek new review of military voting assistance program

Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have sent a unanimous, bipartisan letter to the Government Accountability Office asking for a new review of the Federal Voting Assistance Program, the DoD office in charge of helping military members and civilians living abroad cast their ballots. The committee notes that GAO has issued several reports on FVAP since 2001, but says that "continued management attention to FVAP still remains a priority."

Tags: DoD , FVAP , Congress , DoD Inspector General , Audit readiness , Jared Serbu , Inside the Reporter

Monday - 04/06/2015, 03:20am EDT

Problems with Marine Corps audit aren't just a Marine Corps problem

The underlying issues involve the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, which handles a huge array of payments and other financial transactions for all three military departments and the defense agencies.

Tags: DoD , FVAP , Congress , DoD Inspector General , Audit readiness , Jared Serbu , Inside the Reporter

Monday - 04/06/2015, 03:47am EDT

New number two in Air Force secretariat

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has tapped the Air Force's Eric Fanning to be his chief of staff, creating some movement in Air Force leadership.

Tags: DoD , FVAP , Congress , DoD Inspector General , Audit readiness , Jared Serbu

Monday - 04/06/2015, 03:39am EDT

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Congress watches over military voting, Air Force staff cuts

In this edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has asked the GAO to review the Federal Voting Assistance Program, the DoD office in charge of helping military members and civilians living abroad cast their ballots. Plus, Sen. John McCain, sends a letter to the Air Force accusing it of engaging in a shell game with its workforce.

Tags: DoD , FVAP , Congress , DoD Inspector General , Audit readiness , Jared Serbu , Inside the Reporter

Monday - 04/06/2015, 03:50am EDT

Air Force charges new cyber task force with looking for threats in core missions

Task Force Cyber Secure will attempt to apply the same degree of rigor and oversight DoD uses for its computing networks to everything else that's vulnerable to cyber threats, including weapons systems and industrial control systems. The Air Force is following in the footsteps of the Navy to ensure cybersecurity is everyone's responsibility.

Tags: DoD , Technology , Cybersecurity , Mark Welsh , William Bender , Peter Kim , Task Force Cyber Secure , AFCEA , Air Force Association , Jared Serbu

Friday - 04/03/2015, 03:44am EDT
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