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Programs continue despite cost overruns, GAO says

The Government Accountability Office said in findings announced to Congress Tuesday that the Nunn-McCurdy amendment, designed to curtail cost growth in Defense programs, has succeeded in bringing an end to only one overly costly military program in the last 14 years.

Tags: cost overruns , contracting , DoD budget , Congress , Nunn-McCurdy , Tom Carper , GAO , Frank Kendall , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 03/29/2011, 04:30pm EDT
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Carter: DoD needs acquisition 'fast lane'

Ashton Carter, the Defense Department's undersecretary for acquisitions, said the Pentagon can buy things quickly when it truly needs to. But when it comes to supporting overseas contingency operations, he said the country needs a dedicated, permanent "fast lane" that leapfrogs DoD's notoriously slow methods of buying goods and services.

Tags: contracting , best practices , management , Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afgh , Ashton Carter , DoD budget , Jared Serbu , DoD Report

Tuesday - 03/29/2011, 07:23am EDT
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DoD ready to Go Mobile on iPhone, Android

The Pentagon wants servicemen and women to use their own smartphones to develop apps and access the military's networks. Senior officials as early as next month will approve the technical standards for devices that run the Apple and Google operating systems.

Tags: technology , Anmy Torres , Army , DKO , mobile apps , Go Mobile , iPhone , iPad , Android , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 03/29/2011, 07:13am EDT
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Climate change threatens $100B in Navy installations

The National Research Council says that a rise in sea levels of about three feet could jeopardize $100 billion worth of Navy installations.

Tags: Skip Bowman , Navy , climate change , National Research Council , Dorobek Insider

Thursday - 03/24/2011, 04:13pm EDT
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Call center opens to field Arlington Cemetery inquiries

A new call center, staffed by professionals trained to handle grieving callers, is among the first technology upgrades the Army has made in the aftermath of a management scandal at Arlington National Cemetery last year. Phase two will involve tackling the massive challenge of digitizing the cemetery's paper records.

Tags: technology , Arlington National Cemetery , Army Information Technology Agency , Donald Adcock , John McHugh , call center , IT services , Jared Serbu , DoD Report

Wednesday - 03/23/2011, 07:19pm EDT
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Global Illicit Supply Chains: Protecting Citizens and International Borders

March 23rd, 2011 at 11 AM

Criminal enterprises operating globally - so-called "Transnational Criminal Organizations" -- have spent years refining their approaches to all types of illicit trafficking including narcotics, weapons, illicitly gained and laundered money, and even modern day slavery. In many ways, these organizations can be considered multi-national corporations, given their size, reach, and sophistication. Indeed, their production and logistics operations rival best practices in the commercial sector, with highly resilient supply chains driven by the need to minimize the risk of seizure. TCOs often directly and indirectly enable, support, and facilitate insurgencies and terrorism; undermine state stability, security, and sovereignty; and corrupt legitimate global financial and trade networks. The stakes are high. U.S. Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense (DoD) find themselves at the front lines of this global security issue. As criminal organizations adapt to traditional interdiction methodologies, stakeholders across government are coming together to stem the tide, looking at what new technologies and whole of government approaches can be brought to bear to address this complex threat.

Tags: technology , Booz Allen Distinguished Speaker Series , DHS , DEA , David Aguilar , David Gaddis , Caryn Hollis , Kumar Kibble , Paul Zukunft

Monday - 03/21/2011, 01:37pm EDT
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DoD considers building cyber defenses

The idea is to treat cyberspace as a domain within DoD and employ active cyber defenses and other new defense approaches.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , technology , Keith Alexander , cyber attacks , Dorobek Insider

Tuesday - 03/22/2011, 02:07pm EDT

DoD to pilot automated network intrusion detection

The Department of Defense is working with private developers to create a system that automatically detects and prevent network intrusions.

Tags: Federal Drive , Cybersecurity Update , cybersecurity , Defense , network intrusion , DARPA , HASC

Tuesday - 03/22/2011, 08:30am EDT

Army, Marines begin separate ERP rollouts

The Army and Marine Corps are both in the early phases of deploying logistics accountability systems that will replace a collection of disconnected, stovepiped IT systems and processes that have grown up since the 1960s. Though the systems share the same objective, they were made by different vendors, prompting questions from one member of Congress.

Tags: Congress , management , Army , Marine Corps , Claire McCaskill , financial management , DoD budget , Enterprise Resource Planning , Drew Dwyer , James Amos , Senate Armed Services Committee , Jared Serbu , DoD Report

Tuesday - 03/22/2011, 07:35am EDT
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