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Rate of Air Force contracts awarded by competitive procurements declines

n 2007, 75 percent of the Air Force's service contracts were awarded through competitive procurements. By last year, that had fallen to 59 percent.

Tags: DoD , DoD Update , acquisition , contracting , procurement , GAO

Friday - 03/16/2012, 12:50pm EDT

Air Force to expand drug testing for prescription drug abuse

The Defense Department Health Behaviors Survey found self-reported misuse of pain medication for non-medical purposes by servicemembers increased from 2 percent in 2002 to 7 percent in 2005 to 17 percent in 2008, according to an Air Force release.

Tags: Mark Oordt , substance abuse , prescription drugs , drug testing , DoD , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 08:27am EDT
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DoD plan aims to reduce battlefield energy consumption

Air Force Lt. Gen Brooks Bash, the staff logistics director, will oversee a seven-point plan to reduce battlefield energy consumption. The plan came out in June, and a has been put in place.

Tags: DoD , DoD Update , Federal Drive , Brooks Bash ,

Monday - 03/12/2012, 09:32am EDT

Force cuts won't alter Air Force's ability to do its job

Lt. Gen. Darrell Jones, the Air Force's deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services, says that mandated cuts will not alter the services' ability to do its job.

Tags: DoD , workforce , retirement , Darrel Jones , Federal Drive , buyouts , force reduction , Michael OConnell

Monday - 03/12/2012, 12:06pm EDT
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Air Force eyes manpower cuts -- even in its musical bands

The Air Force is right-sizing everything down to its musical bands as it tries to meet force reduction goals of its 2013 budget.

Tags: DoD , DoD Update , budget

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 08:45am EST

Air Force aims to turn cyber into a career

With cyber skills in high demand, military and General Schedule pay scales can't possibly compete with industry paychecks. The Air Force hopes to compete by letting airmen make a career out of cyber.

Tags: DoD , Army , cybersecurity , workforce , cyberworkforce , Skip Runyan , Eric Bassel , SANS Institute , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 05:15am EST
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Air Force strategic plan focuses on cyber superiority

Lt. Gen. Bill Lord, the chief information officer of the Air Force, spoke with Federal News Radio's Jason Miller at the recent AFCEA Air Force IT Day in Vienna, Va.

Tags: Bill Lord , Federal Drive , DoD , cybersecurity , technology , workforce

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 09:48am EST
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Analysis: Savings from going mobile can't come at cost of security

The government's adoption of mobile devices is only in its early stages. People hear about "wonderful, sexy new tools that are available for individuals, and we ask the question of ourselves, 'Why can they've be available in a working setting within government or industry?'" said one government technology expert.

Tags: Tony Busseri , Route 1 , mobile , technology , iPad , Federal Drive

Monday - 02/27/2012, 11:06am EST
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New fighter jet training stalls, grounding pilots

he best fighter pilots from the Air Force, Marines and Navy arrived in the Florida Panhandle last year to learn to fly the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the most expensive, most advanced weapons program in U.S. history. They are still waiting.

Tags: F-35 , DoD , Marines , Navy , Norman Schwartz , Lockheed Martin

Monday - 02/27/2012, 05:27am EST

Air Force testing mobile capabilities to replace radios

The Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia is testing the networks and hardware of commercial carriers in its quest to go mobile on bases.

Tags: Joel Martin , William Marion , technology , mobile , Federal Drive , DoD

Wednesday - 02/22/2012, 09:10am EST
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