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DoD budget guidance aims for leaner, more agile military

The President and the Pentagon gave the rough outlines Thursday for how they plan to create a lean, but still effective military. Ground forces will shrink, capabilities in cyber, ISR, technology will grow.

Tags: DoD , DoD budget , Budget Control Act , sequestration , Barack Obama , Leon Panetta , Martin Dempsey , Ashton Carter , Buck McKeon , Steny Hoyer , Congress , cybersecurity , ISR ,

Friday - 01/06/2012, 05:21am EST
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Behind Goldwater-Nichols with author Jim Locher

In this edition of On DoD, we take a look back at one of the key events that made the military we have today what it is. 2011 was the 25th anniversary of the Goldwater-Nichols act. We marked the anniversary on Federal News Radio with a special series on how the major Defense reorganization made its way through Congress, and how lawmakers dragged the Pentagon, largely against its will, into a culture of jointness.

Tags: Jim Locher , Goldwater Nichols , DoD , On DoD ,

Thursday - 01/05/2012, 12:26pm EST
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Pentagon adds one more chair in Joint Chiefs' 'Tank'

As the result of a successful effort to add the chairman of the National Guard Bureau to the membership of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Craig R. McKinley, the Guard's top officer, becomes the seventh member on the panel.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Joint Chiefs of Staff , Craig McKinley , James Winnefeld , Gus Hargett ,

Thursday - 01/05/2012, 05:11am EST
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Army's new PEO-EIS wants to engage with industry sooner

The Army's newly-appointed program executive officer for enterprise information systems wants shorter RFPs but more industry engagement and an holistic view of program capabilities

Tags: DoD , Army , PEO-EIS , Douglas Wiltsie , acquisition , contracting , industry , GFEBS , DCGS-A ,

Wednesday - 12/28/2011, 05:10am EST
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Army works to build and maintain intel capabilities in cloud

The Army says it's learned a lot about how to put intelligence capabilities directly into the hands of soldiers. The next challenge is to maintain the momentum for development of those capabilities once troops are out of combat.

Tags: Army , intelligence , DoD , Mary Lynn Schnurr , cloud computing , DCGS-A , DI2E ,

Monday - 12/26/2011, 07:41pm EST
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PTO ends one fast-track approval program, extends another

As it prepares to implement the changes enacted by a sweeping patent reform bill, the Patent and Trademark Office is ending one of the temporary fast-track programs it created to clear out its backlog of patent applications. Another is being extended.

Tags: USPTO , patent reform , Terry Rae , workforce , green technology ,

Friday - 12/23/2011, 05:29am EST
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Federal buildings, old and new, go green

Treasury's building, DoD's Mark Center both get LEED Gold certification. Treasury expects to save $3.5 million by improving how the structures uses energy. DoD expects its new building to use 45 percent less water.

Tags: DoD , Treasury , Green government , LEED , Energy , Dan Tangherlini , Joanne Hensley , Amy Boyce , U.S. Green Building Council , energy efficiency , BRAC , Mark Center

Thursday - 12/22/2011, 05:26am EST
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DoD plans more formalized training for financial managers

The Pentagon has standardized, course-based training and certification programs for its acquisition workforce. DoD's CFO wants comparable standards for the department's financial management community.

Tags: Defense , Robert Hale , On DoD , auditability , financial management , GAO , Marines Corps , Navy , workforce , DAU , training

Wednesday - 12/21/2011, 08:30am EST
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DoD to revamp investment review boards

Congress is telling the Defense Department to take a new look at the way it makes decisions about buying big business systems. DoD's deputy chief management officer will take the lead in this effort.

Tags: DoD , Congress , management , Elizabeth McGrath , Business process reengineering , investment review boards , DoD strategic management plan , DIMHRS , DoD budget , AFCEA , Defense Authorization Bill , oversight

Wednesday - 12/21/2011, 05:12am EST
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Army's Network Integration Evaluation puts ideas into soldiers' hands

Col. John Morrison is director of the Army's LandWarNet Battle Command, the office that's in charge of integrating Army capabilities at the NIE.

Tags: John Morrison , On DoD , Army

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 11:24am EST
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