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New director assigned to Navy energy division

Rear Adm. Michael Franken has been assigned as the new director of the Energy and Environmental Readiness Division in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. He replaces Rear Adm. Philip Cullom.

Tags: DoD Update , Navy , Federal Drive , Michael Franken , Philip Cullom

Friday - 03/02/2012, 07:45am EST

House chairman wants new rules on Afghan security

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is intent on barring private security contractors and Afghans from guarding U.S. bases in Afghanistan, a move that could complicate President Barack Obama's timetable for withdrawing American forces after more than a decade of war.

Tags: Buck McKeon , Barack Obama , Afghanistan

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 07:22pm EST

Is DoD headed for 30 percent drop in defense spending?

Steven Grundman, a principal at Grundman Advisory, projects a 30 percent drop in defense spending over the next 10 years, citing historical trends and the current strategic defense situation. Grundman joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss his analysis of defense spending.

Tags: In Depth , budget , Steven Grundman , Grundman Advisory , defense budget , Francis Rose

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 07:50pm EST
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VA kills $100M contract at heart of e-health record system

The Department of Veterans Affairs has terminated a $102 million contract for a key component of the e-health record system that is supposed to help streamline the health care that VA and the Defense Department provides to service members, veterans and their families. The agency says it is determining its next steps.

Tags: Health IT , Technology , VA , EHRs , contracting , acquisition , industry , ASM Research , e-health , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 06:01pm EST

Board created to update FedRAMP security standards

The committee charged with assuring cloud computing services meet federal cyber standards under the FedRAMP program will have seven broad responsibilities.

Tags: Cybersecurity , cybersecurity udpate , DHS , GSA , FedRAMP , Technology , Federal Drive

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 07:48am EST

Bill addresses problems found by Wartime Contracting Commission

The Comprehensive Contingency Contracting Reform Act of 2012 will attempt to fix many of the problems discovered by the Wartime Contracting Commission.

Tags: Claire McCaskill , Jim Webb , DoD Update , Congress , Senate , contracting , workforce

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 08:47am EST

DoD initiative will save fuel, improve security

Sharon Burke, the assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs, says saving energy takes risks out of the battlefield.

Tags: Sharon Burke , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell , Army , Marine Corps , Green government , energy savings

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 01:06pm EST
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Air Force aims to turn cyber into a career

With cyber skills in high demand, military and General Schedule pay scales can't possibly compete with industry paychecks. The Air Force hopes to compete by letting airmen make a career out of cyber.

Tags: Army , Cybersecurity , workforce , cyberworkforce , Air Force , Skip Runyan , Eric Bassel , SANS Institute , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 05:15am EST
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Air Force project mothballed

The Pentagon has shelved a laser-equipped jumbo jet after 15 years and more than $5 billion worth of research to develop an airborne missile defense system. The Airborne Laser Test Bed fell victim to budget cuts. Boeing 747 --with a high energy chemical laser attached has been sent into storage at Davis Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson, Ariz., serves as a boneyard for military aircraft. It's well known and the graveyard for military aircraft.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , J.J. Green

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 11:08am EST

Navy getting close on making super-powerful gun

A super-powerful gun that shoots rounds more than 100 miles away at several times the speed of sound is being developed for Navy warships.

Tags: Navy , Naval Surface Warfare Center , General Atomics

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 11:33pm EST
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