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NDU president out following reports of unhealthy leadership climate

Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, the president of the National Defense University for the past two years, quietly stepped down last week. The university's vice president will lead the institution in his stead until the Pentagon recruits a permanent replacement.

Tags: Gregg Martin , National Defense University , Wanda Nesbitt ,

Monday - 07/28/2014, 04:24am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The National Security Agency's top lawyer says the Edward Snowden disclosures not only hurt U.S. intelligence gathering capabilities - they may have also damaged the chance of Congress successfully passing cybersecurity legislation anytime in the near future.

Tags: National Security Agency , Jared Serbu , cybersecurity , Congress ,

Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:39pm EDT
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Over six years, DISA cuts inventory of large data centers from 18 to 10

The Pentagon's main IT provider shuttered its large data center in Huntsville, Alabama. in May, leaving only 10 of its large Defense Enterprise Computing Centers in its inventory. The mission of those remaining DECCs, however, is growing, not shrinking.

Tags: DISA , technology , data center consolidation , Alfred Rivera , David Bennett , Jared Serbu

Friday - 07/25/2014, 06:08pm EDT
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Beth McGrath, Federal Practice Director, Deloitte

The Office of Management and Budget requires federal agencies include more data in its 2016 budget requests for this fall. OMB wants benchmarks and timelines of financial investments so it can organize its cross-agency priority goals. Beth McGrath is director of Deloitte's Federal Practice. She's also former deputy chief management officer at the Defense Department. In a Federal News Radio op-ed and on In Depth with Francis Rose, McGrath said agencies should be making even more business decisions based on data.

Tags: Beth McGrath , Deloitte , management

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 04:04pm EDT
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DoD, DHS see more, earlier testing as a possible fix to troubled programs

The Defense and Homeland Security departments are pushing project managers to test technology or weapons systems earlier in the acquisition lifecycle to understand and solve potential roadblocks sooner. DoD submitted recommendations to Senate leaders for how to better integrate testing and evaluation into the acquisition lifecycle.

Tags: management , DHS , Steve Hutchinson , Michael Gilmore , project management , acquisition , NDIA , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 08:48am EDT
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Military suicides rise

Suicides among active-duty military rose this year compared with the same period last year, but Pentagon officials indicate more service members are seeking help through hotlines and other aid programs. Pentagon documents obtained by The Associated Press show there were 161 confirmed or suspected suicides as of July 14, compared with 154 during the same time frame in 2013. The increase was among the Air Force and Navy, while soldiers and Marine suicides went down.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green , suicides , Army , Air Force , Navy , Marine Corps

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 08:49am EDT

Air Force's top space official concerned about long-term industrial base support

U.S.-Russia tensions over Ukraine haven't yet impacted the flow of critical rocket engines to the U.S. space program, but that could change at any time. The military's top space official says another reason to get going on an American-made alternative is to sustain a deteriorating portion of the defense industrial base.

Tags: Air Force , Air Force Space Command , defense industrial base , industry , William Shelton , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 04:01am EDT
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Steve Bell, Senior Director of Economic Policy, Bipartisan Policy Center

The military is shrinking, but the Pentagon's personnel costs keep growing. In fact, it pays about $125,000 per active-duty service member, including both salary and benefits. Two Washington think tanks are raising alarms. They say the Pentagon needs to do something now so it doesn't have to cut other critical parts of its budget later on. Steve Bell is senior director of economic policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why the personnel cost has become expensive.

Tags: Steve Bell , Bipartisan Policy Center , pay and benefits , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 10:00am EDT
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Army intelligence system DCGS-A pulled from key test

Army officials have withdrawn their intelligence network, DCGS-A, from a major testing exercise this fall because of software glitches, in the latest setback for the troubled system.

Tags: Army , DCGS-A , information sharing , John Campbell , Ray Odierno

Monday - 07/21/2014, 08:18pm EDT

Agencies need to put laser focus on business optimization

Now is not the time to play 'small ball.' As budgets shrink, agencies should be bold as they look to improve mission effectiveness and modernize operations, says Beth McGrath, former deputy chief management officer at the Pentagon.

Tags: Beth McGrath , Deloitte , business optimization , management , data analytics

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 02:34am EDT
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