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For military bases in the national capital region, forget the "closure" part of Base Realignment and Closure. The 2005 BRAC round means huge growth at bases around Washington, and along with it, a need for new infrastructure and creature comforts for the growing workforce.
Researchers at the Center for Strategic and International Studies find trends toward more competition in Defense Department contracting between 1999 and 2010. The Washington think tank also found DoD also had increased the use of fixed price contracting.
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Thursday he will include language implementing the Defense Department's request to increase insurance fees for military retirees. That position is at odds with the panel's subcommittee on military personnel, which on Wednesday unanimously approved language which would prohibit the increase.
The Obama administration Wednesday sent lawmakers a proposed bill that would create an independent commission to dispose of thousands of pieces of federal property that agencies have designated as excess. The administration also posted online a map showing the locations of more than 7,000 of the properties.
The Army is moving its email to the Defense Information Systems Agency's cloud. DISA's vice chief told reporters Tuesday that getting the rest of the military services on board was a question of when, not if.
The Army plans to use video game technology to train soldiers to safely dispose of improvised explosive devices. The Army's Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey has received a patent for a virtualized environment that will train explosives disposal personnel to use robotic vehicles. The simulator is designed to precisely mimic the controls of the Talon robots the Army uses in theater, as well as the environments where IEDs tend to be found, like in sandbags or courtyards. The Army says it gives soldiers a chance to train safely in what would otherwise be a dangerous environment.
NASA and the U.S. Agency for International Development have signed a five-year agreement that will put the space agency's data about the earth to work for USAID. The agency plans to use NASA imagery and other geospatial technologies to help developing countries solve challenges around issues like climate change, agriculture, disaster response and energy. The agreement builds on a joint program the two agencies have already been using to help forecast environmental changes that impact residents in Central America, East Africa and the Himalayas.
TRICARE, the military's managed healthcare system, is taking a step forward in letting its beneficiaries see their own health records online. The agency's "Blue Button" tool is getting an upgrade that now lets users see their lab results, patient history and diagnoses. The site already gave TRICARE users the ability to view their own allergy and medication profiles. TRICARE says they developed the system as a partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The system already has more than 250,000 users.
The U.S. Joint Forces Command, which will be formally disestablished later this year as part of Defense Secretary Robert Gates' efficiency initiative, had several of its functions transferred to other DoD components on Tuesday. The Pentagon said the realignment would preserve critical capabilities and place them in other branches of the department's organizational chart.
The Army will open its next Apps for Army challenge to industry and the public, officials said Friday. The process is focused on developing capabilities that are not dependent on any particular platform.