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Christopher Zember and Jay Harrison

The Defense Department has some significant blind spots when it comes to its ability to assess what's going on in the global technology landscape -- especially in the commercial and non-defense markets. DoD officials are keenly aware of the problem, and there's a nascent effort underway to help solve it. The new Technology Domain Awareness initiative is a project of DoD's Information Analysis Centers. Christopher Zember is the director of the Information Analysis Centers. And Jay Harrison is the director of the Center for Smart Defense at West Virginia University, which is helping DoD get the TDA effort of the ground. They explained the initial drive behind TDA on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Tags: technology , Christopher Zember , Information Analysis Centers , Center for Smart Defense , Jay Harrison , TDA

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 04:27pm EDT
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Work: DoD to experience 'trough' of readiness as it resets force

Robert Work, the new deputy defense secretary, told members of the House Armed Services Committee that the Defense Department will experience a two-year trough in readiness as it resets its force,

Tags: OCO , Robert Work , James Winnefeld , readiness , Afghanistan , counterterrorism , budget , Michael OConnell , House , House Armed Services Committee

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 05:22pm EDT

Dr. Chris Lamb, National Defense University

Congress is mulling through a stream of feedback from outside groups on how to fix a labyrinth of defense acquisition policies. Chris Lamb is deputy director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. He recently testified before the House Armed Services Committee to share his ideas. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, Lamb said a source of frustration is a disconnect between the top and bottom of DoD's chain of acquisition authority.

Tags: acquisition , Chris Lamb

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 04:44pm EDT
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Air Force to offer early retirement, buyouts to civilians

The Air Force will offer early retirement and buyouts to civilian personnel, in order to eliminate nearly 3,500 positions, officials announced Monday. The service estimates the cuts will save the Air Force $1.6 billion over the next five years.

Tags: retirement , buyout , Air Force , Deborah Lee James , Bill Booth , Shefali Kapadia

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 10:17am EDT

Army Corps of Engineers looks to private sector to hasten waterway improvements

Congress has approved $8 billion for 26 inland waterway improvement projects. But, many of those projects won't be completed for another 50 to 60 years. The Army Corps of Engineers is looking to speed up the process through public private partnerships.

Tags: Army Corps of Engineers , Army , House , public-private partnerships , Jim Hannon

Monday - 07/14/2014, 06:20pm EDT

GAO: Pentagon needs to connect dots between workforce planning, budget needs

The Defense Department is getting smarter about workforce planning making sure it has the right people with the right skills in the right positions. But DoD's five-year strategic workforce plan, released last fall, is short on details in a few key areas, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: GAO , workforce , Ron Sanders , Brenda Farrell , Jack Moore , acquisition

Monday - 07/14/2014, 06:41pm EDT

Brenda Farrell, Government Accountability Office

Over the past decade, Congress has stepped up pressure on the Defense Department to gather data about its civilian workforce, and to use that data to develop a strategic workforce plan. The Pentagon has a plan, but according to the Government Accountability Office, it has some gaps: It leaves out some of the information Congress mandated. DoD's workforce strategy doesn't appear to be tied to either its budget plans or its broader management strategies. Brenda Farrell is director of defense capabilities and management at GAO. She discussed the report on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Tags: Brenda Farrell , GAO , workforce , Congress , budget

Monday - 07/14/2014, 04:51pm EDT
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Agencies reset after missing the mark on cybersecurity goals

Despite steps forward, agencies fell short of their 2014 targets for cybersecurity. The Obama administration is pushing chief information officers to focus on priorities of continuous monitoring, phishing and malware, and authorization processes for 2015, according to the newly released cross-agency priority goals on Performance.gov.

Tags: technology , cross-agency priority goals , Performance.gov , DHS , cybersecurity , continuous monitoring , Stephanie Wasko

Monday - 07/14/2014, 02:52pm EDT
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