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DoD would change strategy even without budget pressure, Pentagon says

Declining budgets are a factor, but not the only factor in DoD's new strategic guidance. In this week's edition of On DoD, Pentagon spokesman George Little and Capt. John Kirby tell Federal News Radio the department would be implementing a new strategy with or without today's fiscal pressure.

Tags: DoD budget , strategic guidance , John Kirby , George Little , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 01/25/2012, 01:13pm EST
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DoD's audit goals achievable, Congressional inquiry finds

A special House panel finds DoD's audit plan is credible, but successful implementation will depend on commitment of Defense components and future leaders.

Tags: Congress , House Armed Services Committee , management , financial management , auditability , CFO , CFO Act , Robert Hale , Mike Conaway , Adam Smith , financial improvement and readiness plan , statement of budgetary resources , Senior Executives Service , workforce , Budget , Jared Serbu , DoD Report

Wednesday - 01/25/2012, 05:24am EST
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Pentagon to cut Air Force drone program

Defense analyst Loren Thompson says defense officials have decided to rely on the less expensive, high-altitude U-2 spy plane, which has a shorter range but has been used in Asia, particularly to keep an eye on North Korea.

Tags: Global Hawk , Air Force , Navy , Loren Thompson

Tuesday - 01/24/2012, 08:52pm EST

Warfighters provide input in quest to improve MREs

The Defense Department's Combat Feeding Directorate oversees the nutritional requirements and changing tastes of America's fighting force when designing its MREs, or meals ready-to-eat.

Tags: Robert Trottier , Combat Feeding Directorate , MRE , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 12/29/2011, 11:01am EST
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Small biz trying to get piece of DoD procurement pie

The Pentagon has been under pressure to spend less, and that urgency is growing, as the threat of automatic-cuts looms.

Tags: John Shoraka , SBA , contracting , acquisition , Congress

Monday - 01/23/2012, 10:08am EST
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Ghadafi ideals live on

Muamar Ghadafi has been dead for more than 3 months, but forces loyal to him continue to fight and they've taken control, of Bani Walid, a town south-east of the capital. They've been flying their green flags in defiance of the country's new, weak government. This is just the latest problem facing the government which has yet to rise to its feet since the NATO led operation ousted Gadhafi and his government. There are also concerns that terrorist factions are spiriting weapons out of the country

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , J.J. Green

Tuesday - 01/24/2012, 11:31am EST

Joint Chiefs release Joint Operational Access Concept

Plan outlines how joint forces will maintain their access to land, air, sea and cyber space.

Tags: Joint Chiefs of Staff , DoD Update , cybersecurity , Technology , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 01/24/2012, 07:16am EST

Former OMB official weighs in on LightSquared broadband controversy

Both the Defense and Transportation Departments have asked the FCC to rescind its decision allowing a Virginia company to set up a national broadband network.

Tags: LightSquared , FCC , Transportation , GPS , broadband network , John Koskinen , OMB , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell , Technology

Monday - 01/23/2012, 12:49pm EST

Obama announces 3 key DoD nominations

President Barack Obama announced a slate of nominees for administration posts, including three in key Defense Department positions. They include nominees for the Pentagon's personnel and policy chiefs and the department's chief weapons buyer.

Tags: acquisition , People , Erin Conaton , Air Force , Frank Kendall , James Miller , Clifford Stanley , Jo Ann Rooney , Michele Flournoy , Ashton Carter

Monday - 01/23/2012, 10:01pm EST

The lessons and legacy of NSPS

The Defense Department's long experiment in a pay-for-performance system was supposed to provide a model for the rest of government. Instead, after six years and protracted legal battles, the National Security Personnel System. was abolished by Congress. With more than 225,000 employees, who were once covered by the system, now converted back to the General Schedule, Federal News Radio examines the lessons learned and legacy of NSPS.

Tags: NSPS , NSPS transition , general schedule , pay for performance , workforce , management , pay , pay and benefits , John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 03:02pm EST
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