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Army to test, fix communications tech at home, not abroad

The service wants to put certain software and hardware in a real-world environment to see how it would perform in conditions similar to those in combat. The process also will influence how the Army buys technology in the future.

Tags: technology , DoD , Contracting , Susan Lawrence , Peter Chiarelli , Keith Walker , mobile computing , smartphones , test and evaluation , Peter Buxbaum

Monday - 05/23/2011, 06:45pm EDT

Army heeding call for acquisition reforms

The Secretary of the Army said Wednesday that the service agreed with most of the recommendations of a blue ribbon panel on reforming its acquisition process. Secretary John McHugh told Congress the Army was moving forward with 63 of the 76 recommendations.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Contracting , Industry , DoD budget , John McHugh , Martin Dempsey , Senate Appropriations Committee , Gil Decker , Lou Wagner , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 05/19/2011, 06:46pm EDT
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Acquisition feds recalled from retirement

Agencies asked 125 annuitants for help last year with Army leading the way, bringing 44 retired federal workers back to help with acquisition processes.

Tags: Contracting , pay and benefits , Dan Gordon , OFPP , Air Force , DHS , USDA , acquisition workforce , annuitants , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/19/2011, 11:28am EDT

DoD benefitting from BRAC-inspired IT upgrades

Moving into a new building has allowed DISA to revamp its technology infrastructure, including consolidating circuits, servers and paper records. The Joint Task Force, National Capital Region Medical is building a new network to carry health data and applications for three services to share. Both organizations say without BRAC, these changes would have taken longer to happen.

Tags: BRAC , BRAC Impact , DISA , Jason Miller , technology , DoD , Henry Sienkiewicz , Chuck Chapdelaine , Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical , Navy , Air Force , Ft. Meade , records management , IP network , health IT , Data center consolidation

Tuesday - 05/10/2011, 10:52am EDT
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Ft. Meade commander sees more growth after BRAC

In a column for Federal News Radio, Ft. Meade Commander Col. Dan Thomas says, "By this fall, the official worker population of Fort Meade will have grown to more than 48,000. This is 13,000 more personnel than we had three years ago - you do the math: if BRAC growth is 5,400, who are all these other people?"

Tags: Ft. Meade , Dan Thomas , BRAC , BRAC Impact , DISA , Defense Media Activity , Defense Adjudications , Cyber Command , DoD

Tuesday - 05/10/2011, 11:01am EDT
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BRAC links and resources

Federal News Radio has compiled a list of important links and resources on the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure.

Tags: BRAC , BRAC Impact , DoD , Air Force , Marine Corps , Navy , DISA , Ft. Meade , Ft. Belvoir , Mark Center

Monday - 05/09/2011, 02:00am EDT

House committee strips funding for Army email cloud

A House committee cut funding for the project in the 2012 budget by 98 percent.

Tags: DoD Report , email , cloud computing , technology , House , budget , In Depth

Thursday - 05/05/2011, 05:38pm EDT

DoD’s cloud e-mail plot thickens

Just how many Defense Department employees will eventually be using a cloud-based e-mail service depends who you ask. Maj. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins, the Defense Information Systems Agency’s vice director, told reporters Tuesday, selling the Navy and Air Force on its cloud-based email system is a matter of when, not if. However, Hawkins admits, “If you [...]

Tags: Air Force , cloud computing , Congress , DISA , email as a service , House Armed Services Committee , Navy

Thursday - 05/05/2011, 05:31pm EDT

New Army ammo: better, stronger, greener

The Army is set to show off a new ammunition with improved accuracy and higher velocity, improved hard target capability, more consistent soft target performance, and a significantly increased range of these effects.

Tags: federal drive , DoD Report , Aberdeen Proving Ground , PEO ammunition , Defense , greening of government

Wednesday - 05/04/2011, 09:40am EDT

All DoD eyes focused on Army's cloud email transition

The Army is moving its email to the Defense Information Systems Agency's cloud. DISA's vice chief told reporters Tuesday that getting the rest of the military services on board was a question of when, not if.

Tags: DoD , technology , DISA , Navy , Air Force , Mike Krieger , Ronnie Hawkins , enterprise email , Data center consolidation , cloud computing , Jared Serbu , DoD Report

Wednesday - 05/04/2011, 07:21am EDT
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