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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon's been warning for years that the decade-long budget caps Congress set in place four years ago won't work. At least if DoD hopes to execute the defense strategy on the books right now. With sequestration set to return this year, officials say they'll try to make things a bit less abstract…and publish a report that details exactly what would happen to individual bases and weapons systems with a 30 billion dollar cut. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss DoD's sequestration messaging strategy as part of this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , sequestration

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 10:43am EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon has been warning for years that the decade-long budget caps Congress set in place four years ago won't work -- at least if DoD hopes to execute the defense strategy that's on the books right now. With sequestration set to return this year, officials say they'll try to make things a bit less abstract. The Pentagon publishes a report that details exactly what would happen to individual bases and weapons systems with a $30 billion cut. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu writes about DoD's sequestration messaging strategy as part of this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

Tags: DoD , sequestration , Congress

Friday - 02/20/2015, 05:16pm EST
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Pentagon, Adobe offer competing options for online collaboration

The Defense Department will shut off its widely-used Defense Connect Online service in June, and is telling all of its users to transition to a new DISA-provided service before then. But the vendor behind DCO thinks users are hooked, and will continue to provide it for a fee.

Tags: DoD , Technology , Defense Information Systems Agency , Adobe , Karl Kurz , John Landwehr , collaboration , Defense Connect Online , Defense Collaboration Services ,

Friday - 02/20/2015, 04:34am EST
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DoD must pay for quality, not quantity, to tackle rising health costs

An independent report cites a "fee-for-service" model as a main driver in DoD's rising medical costs, and urges the department to value outcomes over volume in upcoming TRICARE procurement.

Tags: budget , DoD , VA , Technology , Health IT , Center for a New American Security , Peter Levin ,

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 04:17am EST
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Air Force claims $2 billion in acquisition savings from 'should-cost' management

Over five years, Air Force has beat the independent cost estimates in its acquisition programs by a collective $2 billion, according to the service's assistant secretary for acquisition. Some of the savings have been returned to the Air Force's top line, but acquisition managers have been allowed to plow some of the money back into their own programs.

Tags: Air Force , DoD , should cost , Acquisition , Better Buying Power , cost capability analysis , William LaPlante , Deborah Lee James ,

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 10:46am EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

By one measure, the Defense Department's health care bill is triple what it was 15 years ago. By another, medical costs make up 10 percent of the military's budget, compared to 6 percent in 2000. A new report from the Center for a New American Security says the department has to get health spending under control, and offers two main prescriptions. Peter Levin is an adjunct fellow at the center, and also a former chief technology officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs. In an interview with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu, he says it's true that the nation's overall health care costs have been rising, but DoD seems to be last in line to address the problem.

Tags: DoD , Center for a New American Security , Peter Levin , Veterans Affairs , In Depth

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 05:32pm EST
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On DoD: Air Force modernizes its bases through utility privatization

Air Force works to manage on-base utility costs through advanced metering initiative and privatization of aging infrastructure.

Tags: DoD , Air Force , Energy , Air Force Civil Engineer Center , David Bek , On DoD ,

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 02:06pm EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force is celebrating $2 billion of savings. The concept of "should cost" management was a key component of the first version of DoD's Better Buying Power program when it was first rolled out almost five years ago. But the Air Force's acquisition chief says the concept of "should-cost" has helped his department cut program costs by about $2 billion over the last several years. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

Tags: DoD , Acquisition , Air Force , In Depth , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 04:39pm EST
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GAO adds IT acquisition, VA health care to High Risk List

The Government Accountability Office added two new issues to its ever-growing list of challenges for agencies. The biennial High Risk List includes six areas that have been problematic for 25 years.

Tags: GAO , Congress , High Risk List , Technology , IT acquisition , Department of Veterans Affairs , Gene Dodaro ,

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 04:42am EST
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Navy can't afford to fix all of its cyber vulnerabilities, so time to prioritize

A task force assigned to take a holistic view of the Navy's cybersecurity posture catalogues security holes across the Navy enterprise, and concludes that plugging each one would cost an absurd amount of money.

Tags: DoD , Navy , Technology , Task Force Cyber Awakening , Cybersecurity , NMCI , Matthew Swartz , Brian Marsh ,

Monday - 02/16/2015, 04:20am EST
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