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Expert wonders if it's time to put F-35 out of its misery

Winslow Wheeler, director of the Straus Military Reform Project at the Center for Defense Information, says that the latest holdups with the F-35 joint strike fighter program are nothing new. He suggests that it might be time for the DoD to pull the plug on the ill-fated program and seek other solutions.

Tags: Winslow Wheeler , F-35 , Federal Drive , Lockheed Martin , Leon Panetta , acquisition

Tuesday - 12/06/2011, 11:30am EST
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OPM highlights hiring reform best practices

Agencies are measuring their progress towards hiring reforms and implementing technology to track applications and identify bottlenecks. Those are some of the best practices shared in a memo from the Office of Personnel Management. Overall, it said, agencies are progressing toward the governmentwide goal of filling vacancies in 80 days or less.

Tags: hiring reform , OPM , Angela Bailey , Emily Kopp , best practices , CHCO Council , Energy , DHS , TSA , SSA

Tuesday - 12/06/2011, 05:34pm EST

EPA and Army partner for Net Zero effort

The Army is collaborating with the Environmental Protection Agency to makes its bases more sustainable as part of its Net Zero initiative.

Tags: Leslie Gillespie-Marthaler , Net Zero , EPA , Army , Energy , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 12/06/2011, 11:04am EST
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U.S. weapons sales miss target, but still strong

Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the U.S. couldn't finalize plans for several big weapons deals with various countries.

Tags: DSCA , Raytheon , Lockheed Martin , Boeing

Tuesday - 12/06/2011, 07:07am EST

Raytheon purchases Pikewerks to bolster its cybersecurity

Viewing cybersecurity as a growth area, Raytheon buys up its ninth cybersecurity firm since 2007.

Tags: Cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Technology , Federal Drive , Raytheon , Pikewerks

Tuesday - 12/06/2011, 06:55am EST

Postwar Marines: smaller, less focused on land war

Congress ponders the question: Does a nation drowning in debt really need two armies?

Tags: Marine Corps , James Amos , Mike Mullen , Joint Chiefs of Staff , Congress

Sunday - 12/04/2011, 10:06am EST

Conference discusses Afghanistan's future

Pakistan boycotts conference after NATO missile strike.

Tags: DoD Report

Monday - 12/05/2011, 08:08am EST

Obama commits to $2B in energy upgrades to federal buildings

Agencies must look for projects to enter into Energy Savings Performance Contracts over the next two years. The effort will cost the government no upfront money. The contractors pay for the energy efficiencies and get paid by the utility savings the department receives. The Army, the Air Force and GSA already are using these contracts.

Tags: management , Green government , Jeff Zients , Barack Obama , Gene Sperling , OMB , Energy Department , GSA , Martha Johnson , Energy Savings Performance Contracts , Jason Miller

Friday - 12/02/2011, 05:28am EST
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Cyber information-sharing bill passes House intel committee

A bill to let spy agencies share intelligence on cyber threats with private companies was backed by a House of Representatives intelligence panel.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , Technology , Federal Drive , intelligence , Mike Rogers , Dutch Ruppersberger , NSA , Michael OConnell

Friday - 12/02/2011, 08:36am EST
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