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DoD not so easy to work with, panel says

A panel of lawmakers concluded that it was not easy doing business with the Defense Department, especially for small and medium sized business.

Tags: DoD Update , contracting , Small business contracting , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 08:53am EDT

Army launches Apps Marketplace

The goal is to give people a platform for developing programs soldiers can use on-the-go.

Tags: Cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , mobile apps , Army , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 08:35am EDT

On the show today March 20

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Tags: Dan Metcalf , In Depth , Francis Rose , INSA , Ellen McCarthy , Patrick Smith , Air Force

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 01:59am EDT

Air Forc releases new cyberspace operations plan

Gen. Bill Lord said the community transformation plan focuses on "delivering warfighting effects while protecting an interconnected and interoperable domain."

Tags: Air Force , Cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Technology , Federal Drive ,

Tuesday - 03/20/2012, 12:33pm EDT

Army tired of waiting for new mobile devices

The Army is in the middle of a major rethink of mobile devices, including how it secures them, how it buys them and ultimately, how it uses them. The push comes amid a mandate to find $1.5 billion in IT savings across the Army.

Tags: Army , Technology , Mobile computing , Susan Lawrence , Steven Smith , Cybersecurity , Acquisition , Industry , contracting , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 03/20/2012, 05:24am EDT
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Army's new system allows image search across databases

The Army is working on a new system called GXP Xplorer to help soldiers get maps, videos and other information on the battlefield.

Tags: Mark Sarojak , BAE Systems , Army , Technology , Federal Drive

Monday - 03/19/2012, 12:01pm EDT
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DoD awards United Health six-year TRICARE contract

The Defense Department has awarded United Health Military and Veteran Services a six-year contract to operate TRICARE in the Western U.S., including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado and a handlful of other states.

Tags: pay and benefits , TRICARE , contracting , TriWest , United Health , In Depth , Francis Rose

Monday - 03/19/2012, 07:54pm EDT

Survey: Diversity initiative is a tough sell for many

The federal initiative to increase diversity and inclusion in its workforce may be critical to an agency's mission or seen as a political ploy depends on the employees' race, ethnicity and gender. That is what a Federal News Radio survey revealed: sharp divides among federal employees. And the widely differing points of view may make it more difficult for agencies to implement new diversity and inclusion strategies.

Tags: Barack Obama , inclusion , diversity , Justice , Channing Phillips , RGS , workforce , management , Federally Employed Women , Georgia Thomas , Susan Grunin , Navy , Ken Barrett , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 03:20pm EDT
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Another case of retaliation emerges

An Afghan soldier shot to death a 22-year-old Marine at an outpost in southwestern Afghanistan last month. This is a previously undisclosed case of an apparent Afghan turncoat. It's at least the seventh killing of an American military member by his supposed ally in the past six weeks according the Marines. Lance Cpl. Edward J. Dycus of Greenville, Miss., was shot in the back of the head on Feb. 1 while standing guard at an Afghan-U.S. base in the Marja district of Helmand province.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , J.J. Green

Monday - 03/19/2012, 11:59am EDT

Chollet, Hicks nominated for new roles at DoD

President Obama nominated Dr. Kathleen H. Hicks for the position of principal deputy under secretary of defense for Policy and Derek H. Chollet, as assistant secretary of defense for International Security Affairs.

Tags: Kathleen Hicks , Derek Chollet , Barack Obama , workforce , Michael OConnell , Federal Drive , DoD Update

Monday - 03/19/2012, 06:15am EDT
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