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From the Pentagon, a plea for budget normalcy

DoD's top financial manager says the Pentagon is pressing forward to meet Congressional edicts for auditable financial statements. But constant federal budget emergencies are sapping huge amounts of energy from the financial workforce tasked with preparing for audit.

Tags: DoD , Financial management , Audit readiness , Robert Hale , Elizabeth McGrath , Congress , Air Force , Navy , Gladys Commons , Marilyn Thomas , DEAMS , ERP , House Armed Services Committee , budget , Jared Serbu , Federal Drive

Monday - 09/17/2012, 05:09am EDT

DoD cuts ribbon on centralized medical headquarters

Officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday for the new Defense Health Headquarters in Virginia.

Tags: DoD , Federal Drive , Army , Navy , Air Force , BRAC

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 10:11am EDT

DoD building cyber workforce of the future

Military's cyber leaders say job satisfaction has so far trumped salary concerns when it comes to building and retaining a workforce of elite cyber warriors. Building the capacity of that training pipeline is the next challenge.

Tags: Obama Impact , DoD , Cybersecurity , workforce , Alan Paller , SANS Institute , Air Force , Michael Basla , Navy , Michael Rogers , Keith Alexander , U.S. Cyber Command , DISA , Henry Sienkiewicz , Roger Greenwell , Training , Jared Serbu , On DoD , Cybersecurity Update , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 03:47am EDT

DoD, VA's health IT efforts grow out of leadership, necessity

The agencies soon will issue solicitations that will take them one step closer to deploying integrated electronic health records for service members, veterans and their families. The departments have been working on the project for years but have only recently begun to demonstrate tangible progress.

Tags: DoD , VA , electronic health records , Health IT , technology , Ruben Gomez , Barclay Butler , Jeff Miller , Ed Meagher , Robert Wah , Obama Impact , House Veterans Affairs Committee , CSC , SRA , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 03:35am EDT

DoD needs to reassess approach to substance abuse issues, report says

The researchers said outdated prevention methods combined with staff shortages and a stigma against alcohol and drug-related disorders means the Defense Department is not not keeping up with a public health crisis.

Tags: DoD , substance abuse , Institute of Medicine , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 11:41am EDT

DARPA awards cybersecurity contract to Rockwell

The contract is part of DARPA's High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems.

Tags: DoD , Cybersecurity , Rockwell , technology

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 11:33am EDT

Air Force on track to meet 2014 financial deadline, official says

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta requested that all of his department's agencies have their auditable financial statements to him by 2014.

Tags: DoD , Air Force , Leon Panetta , Marilyn Thomas , House Armed Services Committe , Robert Hale , Congress , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 11:20am EDT

DoD works to institutionalize contracting lessons from Iraq, Afghanistan

Pentagon says planning for future contingencies will include contract management from the get-go rather than letting be an afterthought.

Tags: Congress , contingency contracting , GAO , CRS , Tom DiNapoli , Alan Estevez , Moshe Schwartz , Craig Crenshaw , Jared Serbu , DoD , Federal Drive

Thursday - 09/13/2012, 06:06am EDT

US officials say 2 warships moving toward Libya

The Pentagon ordered two warships to the Libyan coast in the aftermath of the attack in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador and three others, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Tags: DoD , Libya , Navy , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 09/12/2012, 08:34pm EDT

Air Force begins evaluating F-35-A joint strike fighter

The Air Force says the evaluations will set the standard for larger training programs for airmen and U.S. allies.

Tags: DoD , Air Force , F-35

Wednesday - 09/12/2012, 09:00am EDT
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