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Army looking past push-ups, math scores to fill its future ranks

For now, push-ups and math scores are the main methods the Army uses to screen potential recruits. But officials say they are studying measures that take a "whole person" approach identifying future soldiers.

Tags: Army , recruiting , workforce , Jared Serbu , James McConville , Allen Batschelet

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 07:20am EDT

31 ideas for reforming DoD contracting

The U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations asked 31 acquisition experts to weigh in on how the Defense acquisition process can be reformed. Federal News Radio brings you some of the highlights.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition reform , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , Michael OConnell , Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations , defense

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 04:43am EDT

Successful DoD acquisition programs start with funding for the workforce

The success of defense acquisition will always depend on the capability of a limited number of people inside and outside government whose resources of time and attention are finite. Increased skill, relevant experiences, and cultural adjustment of the workforce will occur only gradually and only with adequate funding and congressional oversight, says contracting expert Jonathan Etherton.

Tags: Etherton and Associates , acquisition , acquisition reform , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , contracting , Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations , Jonathan Etherton

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:29am EDT

Hagel readies DoD for climate change

The Department of Defense has released its 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, which focuses on ways to improve its resilience to the impacts of climate change.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green , Chuck Hagel , climate change

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 09:33am EDT

Scraping off the barnacles of the defense acquisition system

William Greenwalt, the former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy, says its long overdue to update the way the Defense Department purchases goods and services.

Tags: William Greenwalt , acquisition , acquisition reform , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform

Monday - 10/13/2014, 04:25pm EDT
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Nayantara Hensel, Former Chief Economist, Navy

President Richard Nixon once joked with Israeli prime minister Golda Meir. He said he'd give her three U.S. generals in exchange for the legendary Moshe Dyan. Meir answered, sure, I'll take General Motors, General Electric and General Dynamics. Today's Defense Industrial Base is operating in a changing and uncertain economy. In the last few years, it's been hit by Defense spending cutbacks. Nayantara Hensel, former chief economist for the Navy, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to describes what this means to the Defense Industrial Base and to the Defense enterprise.

Tags: Navy , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , economics , defense industrial base , Nayantara Hensel

Thursday - 10/09/2014, 04:43pm EDT
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Former National Guard recruiter pleads guilty to stealing government funds

A former recruiter for the West Virginia National Guard pleaded guilty to stealing government funds intended to reward National Guard members for referring others who enlisted.

Tags: Crime of the Week , National Guard , FBI , Ciera Crawford

Thursday - 10/09/2014, 01:09pm EDT

Army aims for complex battlefield simulations in real-time, via smartphones

As part of a project dubbed Command Post 2025, the Army wants to begin running complex modeling and simulation programs on the battlefield, using low-power devices in austere conditions.

Tags: Army , technology , Modeling and simulation , Michael Baker , mobile computing , information sharing , Jared Serbu

Friday - 10/10/2014, 05:12am EDT

Financial help coming for Ebola

The Ebola outbreak in Africa still isn't under control and some countries have asked for help.

Tags: Ebola , Liberia , financial aid , Barack Obama , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Thursday - 10/09/2014, 05:35pm EDT

Beth McGrath, Federal Practice Director, Deloitte

The next steps in defense acquisition reform may come from the Senate Homeland Security Committee. Its Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations asks experts from all parts of the defense acquisition community to tell them where the committee should go next to streamline defense acquisition. Beth McGrath of Deloitte is former Deputy Chief Management Officer at the Defense Department and one of the contributors to the committee's efforts. She worked to institute what she called a cost culture. She didn't use that phrase in her comments to the committee, but Francis Rose asked her if that concept was written between the lines on In Depth.

Tags: Beth McGrath , Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations , Senate Homeland Security Committee , Senate , In Depth , Deloitte

Thursday - 10/09/2014, 04:20pm EDT
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