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Shawn Brimley, Executive Vice President, CNAS

Leadership at the top of the Defense Department believes the United States military is in danger of losing its technological edge over the rest of the world. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller reports the Defense Department is already trying to save money by changing its acquisition policies for major projects in the technology development phase. Shawn Brimley is executive vice president and director of studies at the Center for a New American Security, and co-director of the "Beyond Offset" project. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared ways the U.S. military can maintain its military edge.

Tags: Shawn Brimley , CNAS , In Depth , technology

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:43pm EDT
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DOD asks leaders to grade RFPs earlier in acquisitions

Katrina McFarland, the assistant secretary of Defense for acquisition, said senior officials review solicitations before they get Milestone A approval to move into the technology development phase. This type of analysis had been missing previously or only done after it was too late.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Katrina McFarland , TechAmerica Foundation , Better Buying Power , Gerry Robbins , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:33am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is requiring senior officials to review major acquisitions before they receive approval to move into the technology development. That's the phase commonly known as Milestone A. This change is part of the rigor of the Better Buying Power initiative. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the current and future impact of BBP.

Tags: Jason Miller , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Milestone A , Better Buying Power , acquisition

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 10:48am EDT
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Gerry Robbins, DoD Business Development and Market Analyst

Armies run on food, fuel and information. That last part is why the Defense Department spends so much on information technology and services each year, and why contractors spend a lot of time reading the DoD tea leaves. Gerry Robbins is the team lead for this year's TechAmerica defense IT market forecast. He's spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive at the TechAmerica Foundation Vision Forecast Conference.

Tags: Gerry Robbins , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , information technology , Tech America

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 09:36am EDT
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Rich Ashooh, Director of Strategy, BAE Systems Electronics Solutions

For 50 years, the TechAmerica Foundation has presented a detailed forecast for Defense spending. It's one source of information contractors use to plan their marketing and sales efforts. This year's forecast team has shown one eternal truth. Pentagon budgets reflect more than just what military leaders say they need. They're buffeted by the economy and politics too. Rick Ashooh leads TechAmerica's DoD forecast team. He spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive at this year's Tech America Vision Conference.

Tags: Rich Ashooh , BAE Systems Electronics Solutions , Tech America , budget , spending

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 09:38am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department published its first-ever joint doctrine for military operations in cyberspace a year and a half ago. But the document was kept secret. Now, the Pentagon has released a declassified version. Much of it repeats what DoD officials have said in public, but there are some eyebrow-raisers. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu writes about it in this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , cybersecurity , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 09:50am EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Declassifying cyber doctrine, institutionalizing rapid acquisition and credit card perks

In this edition of "Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook," the Pentagon declassifies its long-awaited joint doctrine for cyberspace operations; DoD tries to institutionalize gains on rapid acquisition, but much depends on the workforce; the Pentagon announces several policy changes to cut travel expenses; and DISA shops for expansion of its classified commercial smartphone service.

Tags: Inside the Reporters Notebook , technology , cybersecurity , acquisition , travel , mobility , Andrew Hunter , Jared Serbu , DISA

Monday - 10/27/2014, 04:18am EDT

Marine Corps weeks away from beta testing BYOD approach

The Marine Corps will begin a small scale pilot in the next several weeks to determine whether commercial-grade security containers on mobile devices can meet DoD's security demands. If it's successful, Marines envision a BYOD strategy that begins implementation as soon as next year.

Tags: technology , mobility , cybersecurity , Marine Corps , BYOD , Rob Anderson , Government Executive , sequestration , Jared Serbu

Friday - 10/24/2014, 04:01am EDT
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Adele Ratcliff, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy

The Defense Department wants to maintain its technological advantage in warfare. To do so, it relies on the U.S. industrial base. Next month, DoD will launch a competition to develop a new Institute for Manufacturing. But not just any manufacturing, in this case the work will have to involve photonics. The awardee will receive $110 million to jump start the institute. Adele Ratcliff is director of Manufacturing Technology in DoD's Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the objective of the new institute.

Tags: Adele Ratcliff , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Institute for Manufacturing , industry

Friday - 10/24/2014, 10:05am EDT
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Army evolves its network integration process

The Army's network integration exercises will emphasize more lab testing and less integration during the NIE itself. Future NIEs will be biased toward programs of record, not off-the-shelf technologies.

Tags: Army , technology , MODESTA , Noah Weston , Network Integration Evaluation , Dan Hughes , Modeling and simulation , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 04:01am EDT
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