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Women at war: Pentagon is easing its job limits

The new rules, affecting thousands of jobs, will break down more of the official barriers that have restricted the military positions women can take.

Tags: Congress

Friday - 02/10/2012, 01:16am EST

DoD fortifying cyber buying strategy

Frank Kendall, DoD's acting acquisition chief, said the first version fell flat due to "interest groups" weakening it. He said Congress required the strategy to detail how the military will buy offensive and defensive cyber capabilities. It's part of a broader effort to fix the Pentagon's acquisition process.

Tags: Acquisition , acquisition workforce , acquisition policy , Industry , Better Buying Power initiative , performance management , Alan Chvotkin , Professional Services Council , cybersecurity , CSIS , Jason Miller , Frank Kendall

Tuesday - 02/07/2012, 07:28am EST

New naval research chief aligning new technologies with DoD strategy

In his first interview, Rear Admiral Matthew Klunder told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin how the Naval Research Program works with the other armed services and his research priorities for the Navy.

Tags: Matthew Klunder , Naval Research Command , Navy , technology , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 02/07/2012, 09:27am EST
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DoD testing plant DNA to fight counterfeit parts

The Defense Logistics Agency has completed a pilot program with industry on using botanical molecules in the supply authentication process.

Tags: Janice Meraglia , Applied DNA Sciences , Chris Metz , DLA , Acquisition , Contracting , counterfeits , Federal Drive

Thursday - 02/09/2012, 11:48am EST
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Afghan Security Forces not ready

A top U.S. commander says only 1 percent of Afghan police and soldiers are capable of working on their own. The comments raise doubts about whether Afghan forces will be able to deal with the still potent Taliban insurgency as the U.S. and the rest of the West withdraws. U.S. Lieutenant General Curtis Scarapotti told reporters that only 29 Afghan army units and seven Afghan police units are ready to work on their own.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , J.J. Green

Thursday - 02/09/2012, 10:46am EST

DoD, EPA sign sustainable energy agreement

A memorandum of understanding the two agencies signed yesterday will commit them to share resources and brainpower to make sure DoD bases have the long-term energy, land, air and water resources they need.

Tags: DoD Update , Federal Drive

Thursday - 02/09/2012, 08:47am EST

Air Force trains flight attendants for VIP trips

Military flight attendants are part of a team serving America's top government officials, their staffs, guests and reporters aboard 19 planes flown by the 89th Airlift Wing out of Joint Base Andrews near Washington.

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Thursday - 02/09/2012, 04:34am EST

House panel aims to discern challenges for defense industry

The House Armed Services Committee has held a series of hearings in recent months taking the temperature of industry and defense experts on the relationship between contractors and the Defense Department. Allan Burman, a former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy and now the president of Jefferson Consulting, testified before the panel. He joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss his testimony.

Tags: House , House Armed Services Committee , Industry , Acquisition , acquisition workforce

Wednesday - 02/08/2012, 09:21pm EST
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Contractor convicted of over-charging Air Force by $300K

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations says Charles R. Priestley, 48, who operated Louisiana-based Hummingbird Aviation, was contracted to build and service helicopters for use in Afghanistan.

Tags: Air Force , DoD Report , Contracting

Wednesday - 02/08/2012, 09:59am EST

Special Operators to be last out

Special operations forces in Afghanistan are preparing for a possible expanded role as overall --the Associated Press is reporting as U.S. forces begin to draw down after a decade of war. Adm. Bill McRaven, the special operations commander who led last year's Navy SEAL raid against Osama bin Laden, confirmed that special operations forces would be the last to leave under the Obama administration's current plan.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , J.J. Green

Tuesday - 02/07/2012, 07:30pm EST
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