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Report: Sequestration slashed DoD contract spending by 16 percent in 2013

Analysis by the Center for Strategic and International Studies shows R&D took the biggest hit, dropping by 21 percent in a single year. But payments to large firms and spending on large contracts got some degree of protection.

Tags: DoD , sequestration , DoD budget , contracting , industry , R&D , Center for Strategic and International Studies , David Berteau , Greg Sanders ,

Friday - 10/17/2014, 08:32am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

A new analysis of federal procurement data confirms what Defense Department vendors already experienced. During the first year of sequestration contracting dollars fell abruptly, dropping 16 percent in 2013 compared to the year before. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports.

Tags: Tom Temin , Federal Drive , DoD , sequestration , spending

Friday - 10/17/2014, 07:41am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Congress has repeatedly tried to eliminate the problem of defense acquisition programs that cost more than they're supposed to and take too long to deliver. After several decades of attempts, it might be time to admit that lawmakers can't solve all of the Pentagon's purchasing problems. As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu explains.

Tags: Tom Temin , Federal Drive , DoD , acquisition , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , Congress , Pentagon , In Depth

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 10:15am EDT
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After decades of DoD acquisition reform, Congress has yet to tackle cultural issues

Big programs at DoD continue to overspend their budgets and blow past their schedules because of unrealistic requirements and rosy cost projections. As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, several acquisition experts pointed out that DoD acquisition is one of the most studied problems in the history of government.

Tags: DoD , GAO , acquisition , Paul Francis , David Berteau , Sean Stackley , Christine Fox , Jonathan Etherton , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform ,

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 04:52am EDT
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Army looking past push-ups, math scores to fill its future ranks

For now, push-ups and math scores are the main methods the Army uses to screen potential recruits. But officials say they are studying measures that take a "whole person" approach identifying future soldiers.

Tags: Army , DoD , recruiting , workforce , James McConville , Allen Batschelet

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 07:20am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Officials from each of the armed services are troubled by the fact that a shrinking minority of American young people meet the physical and educational qualifications needed to join the military. Army officials say they want to grow that potential recruiting base, but they say it's also possible that they haven't been measuring all the right things. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu explains.

Tags: In Depth

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 04:11pm EDT
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Army aims for complex battlefield simulations in real-time, via smartphones

As part of a project dubbed Command Post 2025, the Army wants to begin running complex modeling and simulation programs on the battlefield, using low-power devices in austere conditions.

Tags: DoD , Army , technology , Modeling and simulation , Michael Baker , mobile computing , information sharing ,

Friday - 10/10/2014, 05:12am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army is taking the next step in connecting soldiers on the battlefield: letting squads and platoons run their own complex modeling and simulation programs, even when electric power is pretty scarce and an enemy is jamming satellite communications. The Army has already invested billions of dollars in systems that try to connect small groups of soldiers to the network when they're in austere environments. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more.

Tags: In Depth

Thursday - 10/09/2014, 05:01pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

DoD and DHS acquisition officials say they're making a concerted effort to address a criticism that's been at the center of decades' worth of GAO reports and blue ribbon panels: The government puts off the testing of its new systems until after it's already agreed to buy them. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Tags: In Depth , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 04:30pm EDT
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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: DoD , DHS , acquisition , technology , Test and evaluation , David Brown , Stephen Hutchison , Frank Kendall , International Test and Evaluation Association ,

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