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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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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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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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