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Wednesday morning federal headlines - Oct. 26

The Morning Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Amy Morris discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air.

Tags: Federal Drive , Federal Drive newscast , Tom Temin , Amy Morris , headlines , FEMA , pay and benefits , DHS , Richard Spires

Wednesday - 10/26/2011, 08:28am EDT

Military retirement costs are affordable, DoD says

Amid calls for military retirement reform, Pentagon officials say the system that's in place right now is not the main driver of the department's escalating personnel costs and is affordable . Their remarks Tuesday before a Congressional subcommittee run counter to a Defense Business Board report that suggested retirement costs may eventually crowd out warfighting capability.

Tags: Congress , House , House Armed Services Committee , pay and benefits , benefits , retirement , military retirement , Defense Business Board , Steve Stobridge , Jo Ann Rooney , Vee Penrod , Austin Scott , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 10/26/2011, 05:34am EDT
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DoD almost ready to hand out $30M in clean energy grants

The Pentagon will soon announce winners of its latest round of grant funding to try out new energy technologies at its U.S. bases. The response from industry and other government agencies has been overwhelming, officials said.

Tags: Green government , Dorothy Robyn , Energy , Martin Dempsey , Peter Newell , Army , Navy , Marine Corps , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 10/19/2011, 05:34am EDT
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Naval Academy expands cyber offerings

The center has also established internships at the National Security Agency and the National Defense University.The goal is to build awareness among officers of what strategists consider the fifth domain of warfare.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Amy Morris , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Navy , Naval Academy

Tuesday - 10/25/2011, 12:01pm EDT

DoD promotes drug awareness with Red Ribbon Week

The Pentagon wants to promote drug awareness and to prevent illegal drug use among service members and their families.

Tags: DoD Report , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Amy Morris , Red Ribbon Week

Tuesday - 10/25/2011, 11:55am EDT

Everybody's got a price. What's yours?

Would you take a buyout if the boss offered you one? You might want to decide now because if and when an offer comes, it won't be on the table very long, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , pay and benefits , early retirement , buyouts , early-outs , SSA , State , IRS , VERA , VSIP

Tuesday - 10/25/2011, 02:08am EDT

DoD hammering out cyber rules of cyberspace

The Joint Staff is reviewing the doctrine, which should define when the military can go on the cyber offensive. Once it is approved, Cyber Command will put out guidance and tailor its training accordingly.

Tags: DoD Report , Cyber Command , Keith Alexander , cyber war , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Amy Morris

Friday - 10/21/2011, 12:28pm EDT

Navy works on unmanned, undersea vehicles

Capt. Duane Ashton, the program manager for unmanned systems in the Navy's program executive office for Littoral Combat Ships. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss the new device and how it furthers Navy's trend toward using more unmanned vessels.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , Duane Ashton , Navy , Littoral Combat Ship , General Dynamics , Federal Drive

Friday - 10/21/2011, 09:28am EDT
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With DoD budget cuts, what's the future of the F-35?

Winslow Wheeler is the director at the Straus Military Reform Project for the Center for Defense Information.

Tags: Winslow Wheeler , Center for Defense Information , F-35 Joint Strike Fighter , Air Force , Navy , Army , acquisition , contracting , budget , In Depth

Thursday - 10/20/2011, 04:21pm EDT
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