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US military personnel may test Ebola samples in Liberia

Pentagon officials say approximately two dozen U.S. military specialists in Liberia may conduct tests on laboratory samples for Ebola, but most of the Pentagon's personnel deployed there are not expected to be in direct contact with the virus.

Tags: Ebola , testing , Liberia , U.S. Africa Command , David Rodriguez , U.S. Naval Medical Research Center , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 12:38pm EDT

DoD, DHS push 'fly before you buy' approach to acquisition

The Defense and Homeland Security departments both say they are putting their programs on a path that will insist that technologies are rigorously tested before they commit to expensive acquisition strategies.

Tags: DHS , acquisition , technology , Test and evaluation , David Brown , Stephen Hutchison , Frank Kendall , International Test and Evaluation Association , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 04:19am EDT

PSC hires Navy acquisition exec to lead defense, intel committee

Jerry Punderson, the outgoing director of contracts for the Naval Sea Systems Command, will join PSC as its new senior vice president of defense and intelligence.

Tags: Jason Miller , acquisition , industry , people , Navy , Jerry Punderson , Stan Soloway

Monday - 10/06/2014, 08:58am EDT

Conversation with Authors Series with Profs. Jack Gansler and Bill Lucyshyn on Eight Actions to Improve Defense Acquisition

In an era of fiscal austerity, DoD must continue to maintain operations and modernize forces in order to support national security. What acquisition challenges are facing the U.S. Department of Defense? What actions can be taken to improve defense acquisition and the Defense Industrial Base? Join host Michael Keegan as he explore these questions and more with Profs. Jack Gansler and Bill Lucyshyn, authors of the IBM Center report, Eight Actions to Improve Defense Acquisition.

Tags: IBM Center for the Business of Government , Business of Government Hour , Jack Gansler , Bill Lucyshyn , Michael Keegan

Monday - 10/06/2014, 12:00pm EDT

GAO: Length of DoD withdrawal from Afghanistan to surpass Iraq

The Department of Defense expects a longer and possibly a more costly withdrawal of Army and Marine Corps equipment from Afghanistan than in Iraq, according to a Government Accountability Office report released on Tuesday.

Tags: Jory Heckman , Afghanistan , GAO , Iraq , Army , Marine Corps

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 12:05pm EDT

DoD to be more transparent about strategy to deter cyber attacks

Pentagon wants to discourage other countries' cyber attacks by convincing them that that DoD will respond, and that the attacks will ultimately prove unsuccessful. Step one is conveying those messages more forcefully.

Tags: cybersecurity , Eric Rosenbach , CSIS , Cyber Command , Jared Serbu

Friday - 10/03/2014, 03:41am EDT
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Review finds Military Health System has no systemic problems

A Pentagon review of the military's health facilities concluded the quality of DoD's medical system is generally in line with what's offered by private sector providers. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said "average" is not good enough.

Tags: Jared Serbu , management , pay and benefits , technology , health IT , MHS , Defense Health Agency , TRICARE , Chuck Hagel

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 03:44am EDT

Lt. Col. Sean Kern, National Defense University

The Army is the latest federal organization to lay out a career path for its cybersecurity leaders. Career Field 17 will offer soldiers that career path. Advocates of professionalizing the cyber workforce believe that would feed talent pipelines with the people agencies need to succeed. Lt. Col. Sean Kern is cyberspace operations officer, and a graduate student at the Joint Advanced Warfighting School at Joint Forces Staff College at the National Defense University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the main cyber problem right now is a people problem.

Tags: Sean Kern , National Defense University , Army , cybersecurity , technology , In Depth

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 04:14pm EDT
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On DoD: John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

On this week's On DoD, John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, says the role of an IG is to effectuate change. In his words, "If it's worth publishing, it's worth publicizing."

Tags: John Sopko , Jared Serbu , On DoD , SIGAR , inspector general , Afghanistan ,

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 03:00pm EDT

Congressional resistance to cost-cutting opens $70B hole in DoD budget

The Pentagon will begin a new fiscal year under yet another continuing resolution. When a budget finally is passed, Defense Department officials expect Congress to reject a significant number of proposals to cut DoD's own costs.

Tags: sequestration , budget , Robert Work , Council on Foreign Relations , continuing resolution , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 03:53am EDT
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