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DoD savings won't target industry profits

Even though a short era of ever-increasing military budgets has come to a close, Pentagon leaders said Monday their quest to find savings in defense spending is not aimed at reducing the profitability of contractors.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , Better Buying Power , industry , Ashton Carter , Frank Kendall , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 07/19/2011, 06:48am EDT
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Reporters' Roundup: DoD bottom line will look very different

These are the stories Federal News Radio reporters are working on today.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Frank Kendall , acquisition , contracting , reporters

Monday - 07/18/2011, 07:54pm EDT
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Air Force Wants to Reduce Airlifter Use

The Air Force has requested that Congress reduce the amount of airlifters it is required to use. Gen. Duncan McNabb, who heads the U.S. Transportation Command said doing so could save $1.2 billion over five years.

Tags: DoD Report , air force , Duncan McNabb

Monday - 07/18/2011, 06:57pm EDT

Congress has 'clout' to force clean DoD audits

A House Armed Services Committee panel is reviewing the Pentagon's efforts to reform its auditing practices. Reps. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and Rob Andrews (D-N.J.) head the panel, which is first trying to get a handle on the scope of the issue, Andrews told Federal News Radio's Federal Drive.

Tags: Federal Drive , Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ) , rep. mike conway (r-texas) , financial management , Defense , House Armed Services Committee , Jack Moore

Monday - 07/18/2011, 09:05am EDT
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DoD presses ahead on secure smartphones

Android devices are next up in DoD's effort to get off-the-shelf smartphones up to snuff with the Pentagon's security needs. Also, the Army looks for a better way to do two-factor authentication on mobile devices.

Tags: Defense , technology , mobile , Anmy Torres , Steven Smith , DISA , CAC , Army , HSPD-12 , Jared Serbu

Monday - 07/18/2011, 07:03am EDT
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Vice Joint Chiefs: DoD cyber strategy 'too predictable'

Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General James Cartwright blasted the policy, calling it way too predictable and purely defensive.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , technology , James Cartwright , cyber strategy , Stars and Stripes , In Depth

Friday - 07/15/2011, 06:33pm EDT

DoD tries new system to improve acquisition decision-making

Mark E. Krzysko, deputy director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy, told Federal News Radio about the new system the Pentagon is using to improve acquisition. The Acquisition Visibility program gives DoD officials on-demand access to procurement data.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , acquisition , contracting , acquisition workforce , mark krzysko

Friday - 07/15/2011, 03:07pm EDT
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DoD cyber strategy aims at deterrence

The Defense Department will focus its energies on trying to make its IT systems so hard to penetrate that adversaries won't bother trying. The Pentagon barely mentions offensive capabilities in its new cyber strategy.

Tags: industry , cybersecurity , William Lynn , James Cartwright , James Langevin , Alan Chvotkin , Professional Services Council , technology , information sharing , defense industrial base , Jared Serbu

Friday - 07/15/2011, 07:00am EDT
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DoD too slow in assessing workforce needs

GAO finds the Pentagon isn't moving fast enough in improving the skills of their workforce. House lawmakers focused in the acquisition workforce, specifically. DoD defended its efforts, pointing to the 8,600 new acquisition workers hired over the past few years.

Tags: contracting , pay and benefits , vicky hartzler , larry kissell , keith charles , Howard McKeon , Brenda Farrell , GAO , House Armed Services Committee , acquisition , acquisition workforce , human capital management , High Risk list , Peter Buxbaum

Friday - 07/15/2011, 06:50am EDT
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