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New Year's resolutions for the Pentagon

Small Wars Journal's Robert Haddick outlines the top three resolutions he has suggested for the Defense Department.

Tags: Robert Haddick , Small Wars Journal , Dorobek Insider

Tuesday - 01/04/2011, 04:40pm EST

U.S. denies drones downed

No evidence that U.S drones were shot down in the Persian Gulf. That's the word from the Pentagon. But Iran is claiming that it took out two Western drones in the Gulf. Reuters reports, the last time a U.S. drone crashed in the Gulf was in 2009 after a mechanical failure. Pentagon spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan says there are "no recent reports that would corroborate what the Revolutionary Guard said about unmanned aerial vehicles."

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , J.J. Green , Defense

Tuesday - 01/04/2011, 12:08pm EST

DAU launches acquisitions marketplace

Lyle Eesley, director of the Learning Center of Excellence for Service Acquisition at DAU, joins the Federal Drive with more information on the Service Acquisition Mall (SAM)

Tags: Federal Drive , Defense , DoD Report , DAU , Service Acquisition Mall

Tuesday - 01/04/2011, 09:40am EST

DoD studying ways to make products affordable, sustainable

An informal working group reviewed 61 methodologies in the private sector for measuring the lifecycle cost of products. DoD's goal is to incorporate such a total cost of ownership approach for all products. The Pentagon eventually could make the process a standard.

Tags: contracting , Paul Yaroschak , green acquisition , sustainability , lifecycle management , Jason Miller

Monday - 01/03/2011, 07:47pm EST

DoD still working to tighten SSN controls

The Defense Department continues to scrub service members' social security numbers from public DoD websites. The armed services plan to transition to an alternative ID number system by 2012.

Tags: technology , West Point , identity theft , privacy , PII , Jared Serbu

Monday - 01/03/2011, 06:19pm EST

Moran: Mark Center traffic to create 'chaos'

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) said his efforts to limit parking at the Alexandria administrative center were not part of the new defense authorization bill.

Tags: Dorobek Insider , Jim Moran , BRAC , Mark Center , traffic , Defense Authorization Bill ,

Monday - 01/03/2011, 04:59pm EST

Pentagon's WARCAP Upgrades To New Multipoint VTC Capability in 2011

The Pentagon's Warfighter Capability Demonstration Center (WARCAP) is making a big move in 2011 to implement more nimble, flexibly-configurable video teleconferencing solutions. In an average month, WARCAP's VTC team supports one major exercise and two or three demonstrations of emerging technology. End users and subject matter experts join in classified and unclassified briefings and conversations with top military leaders.

"Warfighters themselves can talk to the leadership. Guys on the floor of an Air Operations Center brief capability of the technology and its value -- or lack thereof." Anna Santos de Dios, Director of the Air Force's Warfighter Capability Demonstration Center (WarCap) told us more. "Using VTC for exercises lets us bring the field experience right into the Pentagon. Senior decision-makers based here, who often lack the time or budget travel to event, can get in one room or on the same call, and bounce ideas around about what they've just seen."

WARCAP offers its clients three VTC options.

  1. DISN VIDEO SERVICES GLOBAL (DVSG) uses Tandberg systems to link multiple sites but each participating site is a fixed conference room and must be equipped with DSVG-specific hardware. AT&T schedules the VTC and allocates bandwidth.

  2. Internet-Protocol (IP)-Based VTC is about to get a lot more popular. This approach is used between two points that each connects their Tandberg MXP-IP coder/decoder (Codec) or similar gear (like the Polycom VSE-7000 IP-based Codec) to connect to the network used to conduct the military exercises and demos.

    "Even some guy in the field with a webcam and internet access can be on the call," said Santos de Dios. "We've had guys doing VTC's standing next to their HUMVEE's talking about how systems perform, and that's much more powerful and memorable than someone briefing from a PowerPoint."

    But WARCAP wanted the flexibility to arrange those calls itself, to multiple points, and do it more quickly. So, WARCAP's NCO's collaborated with team from SAIC to come up with the solution. By April of 2011, General Dynamics IT and its subcontractor, PPI, will have installed a Multipoint Control Unit (MCU), the Tandberg MCU-4150 to improve service by bridging multiple locations.

  3. Finally, WARCAP uses Defense Connect Online (DCO), a software-based VTC system, for informal meetings and document sharing that doesn't require high bandwidth or ultra-high resolution video that the military exercises do. Once a computer has the software installed, plug in a USB web cam, and they're good to go.

    "The people we support -- those running exercises, and those advocating more resources for work in the field -- feel that VTC helps them reach audiences they wouldn't have access to any other way," said Santos de Dios. "The senior leaderships appreciates the opportunity to see exercises or evaluate technologies without disrupting their schedules with additional travel.

    "The big challenge is that, with constant turnover in personnel that simply part of military life, we always have to keep educating people that this resource is available, so we're always doing outreach about WARCAP's VTC capabilities."

Tags: technology , Video Teleconferencing Center , telework , cisco , TANDBERG , Defense , Judy Bradt

Monday - 01/03/2011, 04:20pm EST

Pentagon, industry swap cyber experts reports on a pilot program to give public and private cybersecurity experts temporary assignments.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , technology , pilot program , Dorobek Insider ,

Monday - 01/03/2011, 04:14pm EST

Critics: DoD IT acquisition report lacks new thinking

Two major contributors to a task force on Defense Department IT acquisition said DoD's report to Congress on its plans for reform contains some good recommendations - but fails to identify how the department will overcome powerful cultural barriers to change. Experts said DoD failed to look outside the traditional Defense industrial complex for new ways to manage the IT lifecycle.

Tags: contracting , IT Acquisition Advisory Council , Kevin Carroll , John Weiler , Mike Wynne , William Lynn , David Fisher , cloud computing , Jared Serbu

Monday - 01/03/2011, 02:09pm EST
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