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DoD says it must deal with its shrinking technology advantage

The U.S. and its allies have dominated the military technology landscape for decades, but the Defense Department now sees potential adversaries in its rearview mirror. The Pentagon is coming up with some coping strategies to maintain its technological advantage, including version 3 of Better Buying Power.

Tags: DoD , technology , research and development , acquisition , Chuck Hagel , Frank Kendall ,

Thursday - 09/04/2014, 04:13am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is rolling out a series of initiatives that it says will respond to a problem its leaders have been worried about for years. The U.S. military still has the best technology in the world, but that advantage is shrinking fast. It's got DoD leaders alarmed. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Thursday - 09/04/2014, 06:43am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

As the Defense Department's overall budget continues to decline, most of the military's mission areas are seeing proportional cuts, with a few exceptions. For one, DoD has made clear it intends to put a premium on cyber offense and defense. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports the National Guard is looking to capitalize on that area of budget growth and thinks it has a good case to make. Read Jared's related article.

Tags: In Depth

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 05:00pm EDT
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National Guard carves out its slice of DoD cyber mission, wants teams in every state

Both the Army and Air National Guard say they are making inroads toward gaining a foothold for their state-based forces in the Defense Department's growing mission sets in cyberspace. Both services say they are training more personnel and building the guard's credibility within the Pentagon when it comes to cyber missions.

Tags: DoD , National Guard , cybersecurity , Army , Air Force , Frank Grass , Judy Lyons , Mark Welsh , Stanley Clarke ,

Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 04:32am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department has been making progress on its backlog of disability claims, but outdated technology keeps getting in the way. One bottleneck is the time it takes the VA to receive military medical records from the Defense Department. DoD installed a new system at the beginning of this year to solve that problem. But a look by the inspector general finds that things are as slow as ever. Federal News Radio's DOD Reporter Jared Serbu gives Emily Kopp the details on the Federal Drive. Read Jared's related article.

Tags: Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 07:24am EDT
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On DoD: Army charts overlaps between cyber, electronic warfare

The Army has thousands of personnel working full-time on cyber, but so far, those soldiers have no dedicated career path. That may be about to change.

Tags: On DoD , technology , cybersecurity , DoD , Army , John McHugh , Carmine Cicalese

Friday - 08/15/2014, 04:27am EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: DoD still slow to share medical records; New hiring initiative at VA; DISA's $12B IT contract

In this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, Jared Serbu examines news and buzz in the Defense community that you might have missed including: DoD-VA medical record sharing still too slow; VA kicks off new drive to hire docs; DISA plans follow-on to Encore II contract

Tags: Inside the DoD Reporter , DoD , DISA , Veterans Affairs , VA , inspector general , contracting , technology , Robert McDonald , Jennifer Carter , oversight ,

Friday - 08/29/2014, 06:47pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

One major factor behind the Department of Veterans Affairs' disability claims backlog is that it generally takes a long time before the Defense Department sends its medical records to VA when a military member leaves the service. A new IT system DoD installed this year was supposed to solve that problem, but according to a new inspector general's report, things are as slow as ever. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu tells In Depth with Francis Rose what's going on in this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

Tags: In Depth

Friday - 08/29/2014, 04:36pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force expects tight budgets to continue for the forseeable future. It's seen cutbacks in its funding for base operations over the past two fiscal years. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports the service wants to share services with the local communities that surround its bases as one way to offset the shortfalls. Read Jared's related article.

Tags: In Depth

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:34pm EDT
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Air Force to bridge budget shortfalls by teaming with state, local governments

Air Force's new community partnership program looks to cut the costs of running bases by sharing operating and maintenance costs with the local communities in their neighborhoods.

Tags: DoD , Air Force , Steven Zander , management , budget , intergovernmental cooperation ,

Friday - 08/29/2014, 04:03am EDT
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