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Agencies figuring out how to take network vitals

OMB mandated departments implement continuous monitoring of their cyber networks by 2012. Part of meeting that goal is understanding what hardware and software currently reside on the computing backbone.

Tags: technology , contracting , Roger Baker , Bobbie Stempfley , Mike Krieger , Donna Dodson , VA , DHS , State , NIST , GSA , cybersecurity , Continuous monitoring , Cyberscope , SmartBUY , Jason Miller

Friday - 02/25/2011, 07:58am EST
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Army forging ahead on smartphone tests

The service says it's getting closer to determining the path forward for issuing smartphones to soldiers in the field. It's something the service says could eventually provide warfighters with an all-in-one platform for training, battlefield communications and more.

Tags: DoD , technology , smartphones , Michael Vane , mobile technology , iPhone , Android , Jared Serbu

Friday - 02/25/2011, 07:54am EST
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Petraeus to investigate psych op claims

After allegations emerged that the Army may have illegally carried out psychological operations on Congressional delegations to secure increased funding for the war in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petreaus will investigate the matter.

Tags: DoD Report , David Petraeus , psychology , The Hill , Dorobek Insider

Thursday - 02/24/2011, 03:22pm EST

Pentagon to make building access easier

The Defense Department is making the Pentagon's physical access control system accept Common Access Cards. Currently, people who work at the Defense headquarters and other facilities must carry two secure identity cards. The Army also will test giving smart cards to retirees.

Tags: technology , DoD , Mary Dixon , Pentagon Force Protection Agency , Defense Manpower Data Center , Interagency Smartcard Advisory Board , secure identity card , Common Access Card , physical access control , identity management , HSPD-12 , Jason Miller

Thursday - 02/24/2011, 07:40am EST
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Walter Reed trains Iraqi physical therapists

Sharing knowledge is key and both parties are learning a lot from each other's knowledge and experience.

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Report , Walter Reed , physical therapists , Iraqi army , management

Tuesday - 02/22/2011, 08:40am EST

Army to cut 30% in overseas spending

Overall, the Pentagon's request for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan is $118 billion, a $42 billion reduction from its 2011 request.

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Report , Pentagon , FY 2012 budget , budget

Tuesday - 02/15/2011, 10:40am EST

Have you jumped on the USA Express?

Cordell Hall, program manager and music director for USA EXPRESS, joins host Derrick Dortch for an in-depth look at the Army's touring show band.
February 11, 2011

Tags: USA Express , Cordell Hall , DoD , Derrick Dortch , Fed Access , pay and benefits

Friday - 02/11/2011, 02:18pm EST
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Report finds uncivil fatality rates in civil affairs command

Although a mere fraction of the troops are dedicated to Civil Affairs, they have been deployed without proper training and equipment to hostile territory to carry out heroic efforts against difficult odds and they are killed far out of proportion to their numbers, a Center for Public Integrity investigation found. We get details from the Center's Barbara Slavin.

Tags: Federal Drive , management , Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command , Center for Public Integrity , Barbara Slavin

Wednesday - 02/09/2011, 10:08am EST
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DCAA tightens audit scopes, sees big returns

DCAA has added 500 employees over the last two years but is conducting fewer, though higher quality, audits each year. Director Patrick Fitzgerald explains the thinking behind a new framework.

Tags: Federal Drive , DCAA , contracting , management , Patrick Fitzgerald , Defense Contract Audit Agency , Suzanne Kubota

Wednesday - 02/09/2011, 09:40am EST
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