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Air Force models rapid IT development

The Defense Department wants its information technology projects to be developed in smaller, faster chunks that take no more than 18 months to deploy. One Air Force program executive officer says he's already doing it in 12 months.

Tags: contracting , technology , IT acquisition , agile development , AFCEA , C4ISR , Steve Wert , acquisition workforce , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 02/08/2011, 06:39pm EST
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Human immune system is model in cyber defense program

Homeland Security Newswire reports that the new program by DARPA allows computers to repair themselves after an attack.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , technology , Homeland Security Newswire , DARPA , Dorobek Insider

Monday - 02/07/2011, 03:11pm EST

DoD, intel community issue new space strategy

The government on Friday issued a new 10-year strategy for dealing with the increasingly contested, increasingly congested area of space. The document aims to preserve the U.S. leadership role in space while also building effective international norms.

Tags: Director of National Intelligence , space strategy , Gregory Schulte , Jared Serbu

Monday - 02/07/2011, 06:55am EST
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Army puts brakes on insourcing

A directive signed this week by the secretary of the Army requires high-level review and analysis of any proposal to insource contracting functions. Outside groups have accused DoD of insourcing workers based on arbitrary quotas.

Tags: management , contracting , insourcing , Army , John McHugh , Robert Gates , Professional Services Council , Stan Soloway , DoD budget , Jared Serbu

Friday - 02/04/2011, 12:18pm EST
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Protests threaten U.S. contractor business in Egypt

POLITICO's Jen Di Mascio explains how the protests in Egypt could affect U.S. contractors doing business there.

Tags: Jen Di Mascio , Politico , contracting , Egypt , Dorobek Insider

Thursday - 02/03/2011, 02:21pm EST
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DoD contracts went to excluded vendors

The Defense Department said in a report made public Wednesday that it continued to do business with more than a dozen vendors who has been debarred or suspended for fraud. DoD says it intends to implement training and issue guidance to correct the problem.

Tags: contracting , procurement integrity , contracting fraud , Bernie Sanders , Excluded Parties Listing System , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 02/02/2011, 07:18pm EST

Coburn: DoD must follow the money

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) asked DoD officials to be audit ready in anticipation of budget cuts. GAO has not been able to form an auditable opinion of them in over a decade.

Tags: management , Tom Coburn , GAO , financial management , budget cuts , John Buckner

Wednesday - 02/02/2011, 01:43pm EST

Yemen joins the fray

The Arab world is consumed by protests demanding democracy and justice. Yemen's president, is hoping to shut-down unrest by offering concessions. But will they be enough? The changes sweeping the region may mean upheaval is not far away. Sporadic demonstrations have already struck the poor Arabian Peninsula state. And the protests are taking place with the understanding that Al Qaida sympathizer Anwar Al Awlaki has urged attacks there to deal with their discontent.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , J.J. Green , defense

Wednesday - 02/02/2011, 12:07pm EST

Tunisia showing signs of trouble

Carrying with knives and sticks gangs roam and rule the streets of the Tunisian town of Gessrine. Yesterday those gangs attacked government buildings and they threatened residents. The gangs burnt a youth center and attacked a number of other buildings in. Police were largely absent on the streets on Monday and the Army has had trouble restoring order in Gessrine. The uprising in Tunisia that led to the sacking of former President Ben Ali, is largely responsible for the revolution unfolding in Egypt.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , J.J. Green , defense

Wednesday - 02/02/2011, 12:07pm EST
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