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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force says it's jumping with both feet into the Defense Department's future Joint Information Environment. The service says it is positioned to influence the program as it takes shape. The Air Force has just gone through a major network consolidation of its own. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

Tags: DoD , JIE , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 05/15/2014, 11:17am EDT
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Air Force's progress raises DoD's confidence toward audit readiness

The Air Force does a 180 and now predicts it will meet the September and the 2017 financial management deadlines. Government auditors and Senate lawmakers agree the key to this effort is whether the Defense Department can upgrade and improve their track record in implementing ERP systems.

Tags: financial management , DoD , Bob Hale , Jamie Morin , Robert Speer , Army , Asif Khan , GAO , audit readiness , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 04:24am EDT
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Air Force wants its fingerprints on DoD's Joint Information Environment

The Air Force thinks it's in a unique position with regard to the military's difficult migration into a shared IT infrastructure. It just went through the same exercise internally and believes those lessons can shape the Defense Department's Joint Information Environment.

Tags: DoD , technology , Joint Information Environment , Michael Haddock , Paul Williams , James Bowen , Michael Basla , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 05/15/2014, 04:33am EDT
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Dr. Mica Endsley, Chief Scientist of the Air Force

The Air Force could be facing a perfect storm of personnel issues when it comes to scientific talent. It's hard to attract young scientists to government work over a higher paid industry job. Dr. Mica Endsley, chief scientist of the Air Force, tells In Depth with Francis Rose that as many senior officials seek early retirement, the Air Force is looking at a gap in its pipeline of future leaders in the science and engineering fields.

Tags: Mica Endsley , DoD , In Depth

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 06:15pm EDT
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Despite objections, Air Force sees no good alternatives to eliminating aircraft fleets

Members of Congress aren't happy with the Air Force's proposal to cut entire fleets of aircraft out of its inventory. But the service insists it's the only way to comply with the budget caps Congress created, and the alternatives would be far more painful.

Tags: DoD , budget , A-10 , Mark Welsh , Jared Serbu , congress

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 06:38am EDT
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Mark Gunzinger, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Today's Combat Air Force has the fewest bombers and fighters and the oldest aircraft ever. The Defense Department and Congress are hitting a sweet spot to fix that, according to two experts in military aviation. Mark Gunzinger, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, writes about the future of the Air Force with retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Dave Deptula, now a senior scholar at the Air Force Academy. Gunzinger talks to In Depth with Francis Rose about revamping the Air Force for the next fight.

Tags: Mark Gunzinger , DoD , Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments , In Depth

Monday - 04/21/2014, 06:13pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force is making a new push to lower the prices of its acquisition programs by asking contractors to scrub their supply chains for unnecessary costs. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports the service thinks it's made some progress, but that it's still paying more than it should.

Tags: Jared Serbu , DoD , In Depth

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 05:31pm EDT
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Air Force presses vendors to tackle supply chain costs

In a budget environment in which cost overruns are very likely to lead to canceled programs, the Air Force says it's pressing it prime vendors to remove any costs they possibly can from their subcontracted supplier base.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , Better Buying Power , Wendy Masiello , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 04:07am EDT
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Commanders fired in nuke missile cheating scandal

The Air Force fired nine midlevel nuclear commanders and announced it will discipline dozens of junior officers at a nuclear missile base in response to an exam-cheating scandal. Air Force officials called the discipline unprecedented.

Tags: firings , Malmstrom , cheating scandal

Friday - 03/28/2014, 03:12am EDT
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