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Navy pushes major shakeup to military personnel system

Navy proposes several changes to modernize its personnel system, many of which will require help from Congress.

Tags: DoD , Navy , Marine Corps , Personnel , Ray Mabus ,

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 04:21am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has announced a series of overhauls to the Navy and Marine Corps' personnel system, saying it needs more flexibility to meet the demands of a 21st century workforce. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the changes will impact everything from how service members are promoted to physical fitness tests and military uniforms.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 10:58am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Branching out into new lines of business isn't likely to solve the Postal Service's multibillion dollar financial problems on its own. But USPS officials say they're looking at ways to use technology to deliver new services and to keep traditional mail relevant in a digital world. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu has the details.

Tags: USPS , In Depth

Tuesday - 05/12/2015, 04:33pm EDT

DoD ready for first 'skunk works' streamlined acquisition project

Over the past two years, the Pentagon has been looking to prove that some of its acquisition programs don't need to go through every single step of the department's slow and byzantine process. DoD finally has identified its first test case, and is looking for more.

Tags: DoD , Acquisition , Better Buying Power , Alan Shaffer , Skunk works , Navy , Industry , Potomac Institute ,

Monday - 05/11/2015, 04:11am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is worried about an impending shortage of engineers across a lot of its technical professions. But when it comes to its acquisition programs, the shortage is already here. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the Pentagon's top science official says too few of the department's program managers have engineering programs, and it's one reason programs fail.

Tags: DoD , In Depth

Friday - 05/08/2015, 04:03pm EDT

Fort Knox becomes first U.S. base to generate its own electric supply

The base made famous for its large gold vault is the first in the country to operate independently from the civilian power grid, thanks to generous supplies of natural gas directly beneath it. But officials say they wouldn't have achieved the milestone without previous steps to invest in geothermal energy and other conservation measures.

Tags: DoD , Army , Fort Knox , R.J. Dyrdek , Green government , Continuity of operations , Utility energy service contract ,

Friday - 05/08/2015, 04:41am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy marks the five-year anniversary of its Fleet Cyber Command today by rolling out a new cyber strategy to carry it through the next five. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the plan is organized around five big-picture priorities. Each priority has tasks the Navy needs to complete within the next 18 months.

Tags: In Depth , U.S. Navy , Cybersecurity , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 05:07pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Achieving energy independence on military bases is a priority across the Defense Department. Fort Knox, Kentucky, is the first base to actually do it. The fort uses new generators, and a supply of naturally-occurring gas deposits underneath the base, to operate all of its facilities while completely disconnected from the outside electric grid. R.J. Dyrdek, energy manager at Fort Knox, tells Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu, the initial motivation for getting off the grid was a terrible ice storm in 2009, which left parts of the base without electricity for up to a week.

Tags: DoD , energy efficiency , Fort Knox , In Depth

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:30pm EDT

Navy rolls out new five-year cyber strategy

New plan charts the Navy's strategic objectives in cyber over the next five years, with 18-month measures of progress along the way.

Tags: DoD , Navy , Technology , Cybersecurity , Fleet Cyber Command , Jan Tighe ,

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:38pm EDT

VA nominee vows transformation of veterans heath care

Dr. David Shulkin led a turnaround of New York's Beth Israel Hospital as part of a long career in private sector hospital administration. He said running the Department of Veterans Affairs' health system would be a far greater challenge, but assured senators that his skills are transferrable to the public sector.

Tags: VA , Congress , Veterans Health Administration , David Shulkin , Senate Veterans Affairs Committee , Oversight , management ,

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 04:27am EDT
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