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Pentagon sees competition declining in defense contracting, and orders remedies

The Defense Department's acquisition chief outlined a series of changes intended to bolster competition for DoD contracts on Friday, lamenting the fact that the Pentagon has missed its competition goals every year since the goals were created.

Tags: acquisition , industry , competition , contracting , Better Buying Power , Frank Kendall , Jared Serbu

Monday - 08/25/2014, 03:22pm EDT

US protests Chinese military action

The Obama administration on Friday accused a Chinese fighter jet of conducting a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace. The Associated Press reports it's the fourth such incident since March. Rear Adm. John Kirby, Pentagon Press Secretary, said Washington protested to the Chinese military through diplomatic channels, calling the fighter pilot's actions "unsafe and unprofessional." Furthermore, U.S. officials said this is at least the second formal complaint American diplomats have filed with the Chinese over these military actions in recent months.

Tags: China , John Kirby , Chinese military , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Monday - 08/25/2014, 12:21pm EDT

Edda Emmanuelli Perez, Government Accountability Office

The Pentagon broke a couple of federal laws when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders, according to the Government Accountability Office. Edda Emmanuelli Perez, managing associate general counsel at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the origin of the investigation.

Tags: Edda Emmanuelli Perez , Government Accountability Office , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Monday - 08/25/2014, 07:28am EDT
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Jeffrey Rogers, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Ret.)

The Defense Department has mine detectors and satellites to watch for threats around the world. Now troops have an injury detector that can scan for brain trauma nobody can see. Jeffrey Rogers is program manager of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He's a finalist for a Service to America medal in the Science and Environment category for inventing a traumatic brain injury sensor. He explained how it works on In Depth with Francis Rose. Read a Q&A with Rogers.

Tags: Jeffrey Rogers , Sammies , Service to America Medals , Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency , people , In Depth

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:09pm EDT
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Five firms get $2.5B contract to install new network on Navy ships

The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity award will converge the heterogeneous IT architectures aboard Navy ships - all 630 of them - into a single, standards based architecture.

Tags: technology , Navy , CANES , industry , open architecture , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 02:48pm EDT
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GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap

Tags: GAO , oversight , Bergdahl

Friday - 08/22/2014, 07:48am EDT

AP NewsBreak: Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating

At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site.

Tags: Navy , cheating scandal

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 03:38am EDT

Navy turns to strategic sourcing to cut conference spending

The Navy awarded blanket purchase agreements to 17 small businesses, which they hope will take care of most DoD's conference planning needs for the next three years.

Tags: conferences , Navy , acquisition , strategic sourcing , Jamey Halke , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 04:31am EDT
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Some lawmakers growing more receptive to BRAC

Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, says shrinking forces won't be enough to match sequestration-level budgets.

Tags: Army , BRAC , Katherine Hammack , In Depth , Shefali Kapadia

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 10:39am EDT
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