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Understanding acquisition needs key to training workforce, experts say

Knowing and appreciating the industry side of the acquisitions process is key to training the acquisition workforce of the future, according to two acquisition experts.

Tags: Jory Heckman , acquisition workforce , Melissa Starinsky , Veteran Affairs , Iraq and Afghanistan , Joint Rapid Acquisition Cel , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 12:07pm EDT
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Army sergeant admits to stealing military equipment

Jorge Solorzano Jr, a supply sergeant at the U.S. Army Reserve Armory in West Palm, Florida, pleaded guilty to stealing more than $21,000 in military equipment.

Tags: Crime of the Week , Army , Ciera Crawford

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 04:52pm EDT

Cautious responders at Pentagon transport ill woman to area hospital

Arlington County officials have transported an ill woman found Friday in a Pentagon parking lot to a local Virginia hospital. According to a DoD spokesperson, the woman told first responders she had recently traveled to Africa.

Tags: Pentagon , emergency response , workforce

Friday - 10/17/2014, 01:09pm EDT

Report: Sequestration slashed DoD contract spending by 16 percent in 2013

Analysis by the Center for Strategic and International Studies shows R&D took the biggest hit, dropping by 21 percent in a single year. But payments to large firms and spending on large contracts got some degree of protection.

Tags: sequestration , DoD budget , contracting , industry , R&D , Center for Strategic and International Studies , David Berteau , Greg Sanders , Jared Serbu

Friday - 10/17/2014, 08:32am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

A new analysis of federal procurement data confirms what Defense Department vendors already experienced. During the first year of sequestration contracting dollars fell abruptly, dropping 16 percent in 2013 compared to the year before. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , sequestration , spending

Friday - 10/17/2014, 07:41am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Congress has repeatedly tried to eliminate the problem of defense acquisition programs that cost more than they're supposed to and take too long to deliver. After several decades of attempts, it might be time to admit that lawmakers can't solve all of the Pentagon's purchasing problems. As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu explains.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , acquisition , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , Congress , Pentagon , In Depth

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 10:15am EDT
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Mike Papay, Northrop Grumman, and Frank Cilluffo, GW University

Embedding cybersecurity into the Defense Department's design, manufacturing, and supply chain is a goal the Pentagon sees is possible. Mike Papay is Chief Information Security Officer and Vice President at Northrop Grumman, and Frank Cilluffo is director of the George Washington University Cybersecurity Initiative and the Homeland Security Policy Institute. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they offered steps the DoD can take to address the issue.

Tags: Mike Papay , Northrop Grumman , Frank Cilluffo , George Washington University , cybersecurity , In Depth

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 04:28pm EDT
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Andrew Hunter, Director, Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell

The Defense Department's Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell is responsible for coordinating the department's effort to fill its crucial and often unanticipated operational needs. These are requirements combatant commanders and warfighters often discover they need after yearly budgets have been set. As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, Tom Temin spoke with Andrew Hunter, director of the cell, on the Federal Drive. He explained how rapid acquisition works.

Tags: Andrew Hunter , Federal Drive

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 12:00pm EDT
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After decades of DoD acquisition reform, Congress has yet to tackle cultural issues

Big programs at DoD continue to overspend their budgets and blow past their schedules because of unrealistic requirements and rosy cost projections. As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, several acquisition experts pointed out that DoD acquisition is one of the most studied problems in the history of government.

Tags: GAO , acquisition , Paul Francis , David Berteau , Sean Stackley , Christine Fox , Jonathan Etherton , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 04:52am EDT
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