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Nick Guertin, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy

The Defense Department's Better Buying Power principles are saving the Navy hundreds of millions of dollars. In one instance, the Better Buying Power approach allowed the Navy to acquire three new guided-missile destroyers because it saved a total of $300 million on the entire purchase. Nick Guertin, director of Transformation in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the future of the Navy's acquisition policy and how the BBP strategy will play a role.

Tags: Nick Guertin , Navy , acquisition , In Depth

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 04:04pm EST
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On DoD: Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday, director of exercises and training, U.S. Cyber Command, and David Berteau, Center for Strategic and International Studies

At Nevada's Nellis Air Force Base earlier this month, U.S. Cyber Command wrapped up its biggest exercise of the year.

Tags: Kevin Lunday , U.S. Cyber Command , CYBERFLAG , technology , cybersecurity , On DoD , David Berteau

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 02:29pm EST
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Navy looks to open architectures, modular systems to build its fleet

Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the chief of naval operations, said his service needs to pivot away from large, proprietary shipbuilding programs, citing the need for more flexible, adaptable platforms.

Tags: Navy , acquisition , Jonathan Greenert , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 01:08pm EST
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Navy secretary racks up 930K miles in world travel

The Navy secretary has spent more than a full year of his five-year tenure on overseas travel, racking up more than 930,000 miles on trips that cost taxpayers more than $4.7 million.

Tags: Navy , Ray Mabus , travel , John McHugh , budget , Bryan Clark , Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 04:10pm EST

Retired Maj. Gen. Dennis Moran, Harris Corporation

Budget pressures on the Defense Department have driven down spending on research and development. That gives the military less say in developments that might give battlefield superiority. But industry can help with a class of products known as non-developmental items. Retired Maj. Gen. Dennis Moran, now with Harris Corporation, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: Dennis Moran , budget , Harris Corporation , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , research and development

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 09:42am EST
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Dr. John Dye, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

The pace of new Ebola infections appears to have leveled off, but its too early declare victory. A lot of work is going on behind the scenes, on the research front. Army scientists are working on a vaccine for Ebola. With troops being deployed to West Africa to help control and treat the outbreak, Army scientists are taking the most advanced vaccines forward as quickly as possible. Dr. John Dye is the viral immunology branch chief at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. He tells Tom Temin on the Federal Drive that for the Army, research into infectious diseases has a long history.

Tags: Ebola , West Africa , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Army , John Dye , Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

Monday - 11/17/2014, 09:22am EST
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Army Corps of Engineers embraces uncertainty in planning for climate change

The Army Corps of Engineers' strategy for building more resilient civil works infrastructure involves planning for more unpredictable weather events, and treating watersheds as integrated systems instead of a collection of standalone projects.

Tags: Army Corps of Engineers , civil works , climate change , Thomas Bostick , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:26pm EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Leaders at the Department of Veterans Affairs just found out that independent auditors have given their IT security program a failing grade for the 16th year in a row. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has details on the security shortcomings and what VA says it's doing to fix them.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , IT security , Jared Serbu , In Depth , Francis Rose

Friday - 11/14/2014, 04:25pm EST
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Tim Peplaw, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency is helping with Ebola civilian relief efforts in Africa. The agency launches a new public website featuring maps showing power grids, roads and other infrastructure that might be useful to civilian workers. Tools will let users pinpoint Ebola cases by location. Tim Peplaw is director of NGA's Readiness, Response and Recovery group. Peplaw points out to Tom Temin on the Federal Drive that for the NGA, support for humanitarian causes is nothing new.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Ebola , NGIA ,

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 07:11pm EST
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Former sailor charged with impersonating a Navy SEAL

Law enforcement set up a sting operation to arrest a former sailor who was impersonating an active-duty Navy SEAL.

Tags: Crime of the Week , Ciera Crawford , Navy , Navy SEAL ,

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 01:52pm EST
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