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Soldiers e-vote down berets

The Army has decided to make some changes to its image... after hearing from soldiers on Facebook. Raymond Chandler, Sergeant Major of the Army explains how it works.

Tags: Federal Drive , uniform , Raymond Chandler , Sergeant Major of the Army , technology , management

Friday - 06/17/2011, 02:36pm EDT
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Bye-bye beret: Army Combat Uniform changes

The soft patrol cap will replace the black beret, at least for wear with the Army combat uniform, and some insignia will be sewn, losing the Velcro, the Army announced Saturday.

Tags: security , Defense , ACU , Army Combat uniform , black beret , pentagon

Monday - 06/13/2011, 10:18am EDT

Collaboration lessons from Army, Marine Corps training

GAO's Sharon Pickup explains how the Army and Marine Corps are working together and how your agency can work with other agencies to achieve a common goal.

Tags: Sharon Pickup , GAO , DoD , training , best practices , Marine Corps , In Depth

Wednesday - 06/01/2011, 04:15pm EDT
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Army acquisition chief to resign

Malcolm O'Neill, the Army's assistant secretary for acquisitions, logistics and technology will resign his post for personal reasons, he told colleagues in an email Tuesday.

Tags: DoD , Malcolm O’Neill , contracting , John McHugh

Wednesday - 06/01/2011, 01:53pm EDT

Northrop wins follow-on biometrics task order

The task order was awarded under the Information Technology Enterprise Solutions 2 Services indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract by the U.S. Army Contracting Command - National Capital Region.

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Report , contracting , Northrop Grumman , ABIS , biometrics

Wednesday - 05/25/2011, 08:40am EDT

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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