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House panel probes DoD's acquisition workforce

The size of DoD's civilian acquisition workforce has grown by some 20,000 employees over the past five years and now numbers about 135,000 personnel members, according to Stephanie Barna, acting assistant secretary of Defense for readiness and force management. That's thanks to an effort by DoD begun in 2009 to recapitalize its acquisition workforce. But the department's focus on the acquisition workforce has been strained by a slew of competing priorities and congressionally-mandated belt-tightening, Barna said.

Tags: Congress , House , House Armed Services Committee , Mac Thornberry , Rick Larsen , Stephanie Barna , acquisition , acquisition workforce , Jack Moore

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 06:14pm EDT

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: DoD , acquisition , Better Buying Power , Congress , 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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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: NDAA takes shape, DoD's budget plans under sequestration

"Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook" is biweekly feature focused on news about the Defense Department and defense community as gathered by Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Inside the DoD Reporter , DoD , Congress , budget , sequestration , Adam Smith , Better Buying Power , Joint Information Environment

Friday - 05/02/2014, 06:46pm EDT

DoD acquisition reform providing a few glimmers of progress

The 2009 reform aimed at ending the Pentagon's practice of overpromising the weapons systems it could deliver within the budgets it was asking for is showing signs of success. But DoD's acquisition chief says no amount of legislating will solve cost overruns.

Tags: DoD , Congress , GAO , acquisition , Michael Sullivan , workforce , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 04:50am EDT
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Pentagon sees new risks to industrial base during current spending downturn

The Defense Department and the industries it depends on have made their way through budget downturns before, but this one is different. Both budgets and threats are uncertain.

Tags: DoD , industry , Elana Broitman , Linda Hudson , budget , acquisition , Jared Serbu

Friday - 04/25/2014, 04:43am EDT
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DoD plots third chapter in Better Buying Power initiative

The latest edition of the Defense Department's effort to buy more capability without more money will emphasize the idea of bringing outside innovation into the military acquisition process.

Tags: DoD , industry , acquisition , Better Buying Power , management , budget , Early Wyatt , Robert Baker , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 04:50am EDT
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DoD shields basic research, but other R&D will take serious budget hit

Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said while the budget agreement adds money back to DoD's overall spending capacity in 2014 and 2015, the deal still doesn't plug holes in the Pentagon's research funding. Kendall estimated R&D funding will drop by as much as 20 percent compared to the department's initial requests.

Tags: DoD , readiness , budget , acquisition , research and development , American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics , sequestration , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 01/16/2014, 04:56am EST
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In Depth Show Blog - December 17, 2013

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Tags: Francis Rose , In Depth , Larry Allen , Jared Serbu , Mark Schwartz , Janet Kopenhaver

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 06:00pm EST

New DoD guidance infused with Better Buying Power principles

Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall the update to Instruction 5000.02 incorporates Better Buying Power principles, such as making cutting costs fundamental for program managers.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , Better Buying Power , best practices , In Depth , Instruction 5000.02

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 05:09pm EST
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DoD finalizing major rewrite of acquisition guidance

Reworked guidance is the first update to key Defense Department instruction since 2008. Internal attempt to streamline the system is leading department officials to seek legislative changes to make the military acquisition process less complex.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , Better Buying Power , sequestration , CSIS , Jared Serbu

Monday - 11/11/2013, 10:25am EST
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