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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Declassifying cyber doctrine, institutionalizing rapid acquisition and credit card perks

In this edition of "Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook," the Pentagon declassifies its long-awaited joint doctrine for cyberspace operations; DoD tries to institutionalize gains on rapid acquisition, but much depends on the workforce; the Pentagon announces several policy changes to cut travel expenses; and DISA shops for expansion of its classified commercial smartphone service.

Tags: Inside the Reporters Notebook , technology , cybersecurity , acquisition , travel , mobility , Andrew Hunter , Jared Serbu , DISA

Monday - 10/27/2014, 04:18am EDT

Marine Corps weeks away from beta testing BYOD approach

The Marine Corps will begin a small scale pilot in the next several weeks to determine whether commercial-grade security containers on mobile devices can meet DoD's security demands. If it's successful, Marines envision a BYOD strategy that begins implementation as soon as next year.

Tags: technology , mobility , cybersecurity , Marine Corps , BYOD , Rob Anderson , Government Executive , sequestration , Jared Serbu

Friday - 10/24/2014, 04:01am EDT
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Adele Ratcliff, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy

The Defense Department wants to maintain its technological advantage in warfare. To do so, it relies on the U.S. industrial base. Next month, DoD will launch a competition to develop a new Institute for Manufacturing. But not just any manufacturing, in this case the work will have to involve photonics. The awardee will receive $110 million to jump start the institute. Adele Ratcliff is director of Manufacturing Technology in DoD's Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the objective of the new institute.

Tags: Adele Ratcliff , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Institute for Manufacturing , industry

Friday - 10/24/2014, 10:05am EDT
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On DoD: Maj. Gen. Daniel Hughes, Army Program Executive Officer for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical

On this week's edition of On DoD, an update on the Army's efforts to modernize its tactical networks.

Tags: On DoD , Daniel Hughes , Army , technology , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 02:08pm EDT
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Army evolves its network integration process

The Army's network integration exercises will emphasize more lab testing and less integration during the NIE itself. Future NIEs will be biased toward programs of record, not off-the-shelf technologies.

Tags: Army , technology , MODESTA , Noah Weston , Network Integration Evaluation , Dan Hughes , Modeling and simulation , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 04:01am EDT
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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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