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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

As the Navy retakes control over its own IT networks, it is eager to introduce features that improve the experience for end users. At the same time, the Navy is warning vendors that it's not going to buy just bells and whistles. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

Tags: Jared Serbu , NMCI , technology , Navy

Friday - 06/13/2014, 10:23am EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Pentagon launches program to recognize its best suppliers

"Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook" is a biweekly feature focused on news about the Defense Department and defense community as gathered by Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu. In this edition, DoD kicks off its "superior supplier" program, and DoD asks Congress to stop pushing acquisition reforms.

Tags: acquisition , Better Buying Power , Congress , Frank Kendall , Sean Stackley , Terry Halvorsen , David Tillotson , Robert Hale , Michael McCord , Michael Basla , William Bender , Thomas Horlander , Karen Dyson , Jared Serbu

Monday - 06/16/2014, 04:18am EDT
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Military planners prepare Iraq options

The Pentagon is preparing a range of options for President Obama, which include air strikes. They are designed to help Iraq deal with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. ISIL, which is outnumbered 100-1 by Iraqi forces, have marched unimpeded to Baghdad's doorstep. Obama described them as "vicious" and a "terrorist organization" that could eventually pose a threat to Americans.

Tags: Iraq , ISIL , Barack Obama

Friday - 06/13/2014, 05:05pm EDT

Navy looks to vendors for rapid upgrades to NMCI network

By September, the Navy anticipates it will have retaken full ownership of its main IT network after having outsourced it a decade earlier. The service says it wants to find ways to bring innovation into NMCI, but vendors will have to meet some checkpoints along the way.

Tags: Navy , technology , NMCI , NGEN , AFCEA , Michael Abreu , Jared Serbu , Industry

Friday - 06/13/2014, 04:21am EDT
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Navy issues first contract under new data center consolidation plan

IBM wins first contract in Navy's new "tiered" approach to data center consolidation. The service plans to award several more contracts between now and the end of fiscal 2014.

Tags: Navy , Data center consolidation , IBM , Ted Branch , Janice Haith , John Pope , Randy Darrow , Jared Serbu , technology

Thursday - 06/12/2014, 11:39am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy has just awarded the first of what it says will be several contracts aimed toward resetting its data center consolidation efforts. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the service wasn't happy with the progress it was making up until now, and the new plan will lean heavily on commercial hosting providers. Read Jared's related story.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Navy , In Depth

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 04:26pm EDT
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Bonus pay is part of Air Force nuke force reforms

The Air Force intends to offer bonus money and other incentives to members of its nuclear missile corps as part of a broader plan to fix what ails the force.

Tags: pay , Air Force , bonus

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 11:50am EDT

Nora Bensahel, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

The release of the National Defense Panel's analysis of the Quadrennial Defense Review is just a few weeks away. That panel is Congress' independent review board for the QDR. Nora Bensahel is senior fellow and co-director of the Responsible Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security. She was a guest for Pentagon Solutions on In Depth with Francis Rose. Her latest work is titled "Beyond the QDR: Key Issues Facing the National Defense Panel." She says the QDR doesn't break much new ground, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Tags: Nora Bensahel , QDR , Pentagon Solutions , Center for New American Security , In Depth

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 01:37pm EDT
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VA planning two RFPs to help fix patient scheduling problems

The first solicitation will address near-term fixes for the current application. The second one will look to commercial technology for a wholesale replacement of the scheduling application. VA says it will build off the contest it ran in 2013 where it awarded $3 million to competitors to develop VISTA-friendly scheduling software.

Tags: technology , acquisition , Contracting , Industry , Veterans Affairs , Steph Warren , Chris Miller , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 03:58am EDT
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Alphonso Maldon, Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission

It's the elephant in the room: military pay and benefits are overwhelming the Defense Department's budget. But Congress doesn't want to cut them, so it appoints an independent commission to do it by next February. Alphonso Maldon is chairman of the commission. He told Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive, the nine members have reviewed everything from recruitment to retirement, paychecks and housing allowance to health care.

Tags: Alphonso Maldon , pay and benefits , federal drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Monday - 06/09/2014, 09:02am EDT
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