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Intel CIOs finding common ground in shared services

Chief information officers in the intelligence community said despite cultural challenges, it makes sense to treat the IC as one IT enterprise. They owe an implementation plan to IC agency heads by the end of this year.

Tags: technology , IT , ODNI , intelligence community , CIA , NRO , NGA , NSA , DIA , Jeanne Tisinger , James Clapper , Al Tarasiuk , Jill Singer , Neill Tipton , industry , information sharing , cloud computing , budget ,

Friday - 10/21/2011, 05:18am EDT
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DoD reassures Congress it is fixing contingency contracting

Senior defense leaders told Congress they've already made huge steps toward implementing the recommendations of the Commission on Wartime Contracting. Former members of the panel say DoD still has a lot of work to do.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Senate , Commission on Wartime Contracting , Dov Zakheim , Katherine Schinasi , Claire McCaskill , Frank Kendall , Brooks Bash , acqusition , management , Iraq , Afghanistan

Thursday - 10/20/2011, 05:29am EDT
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Intelligence agencies to squeeze savings from IT, contractors

After a decade of uninterrupted spending growth, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has submitted budget cutting plans for intelligence agencies to the White House. The intelligence community will try to save money mostly through IT efficiencies, and will try to protect its civilian workforce while drawing down on its reliance upon contractors.

Tags: technology , IT , ODNI , intelligence , intelligence community , DIA , CIA , James Clapper , NSA , NGA , NRO , workforce , acquisition ,

Tuesday - 10/18/2011, 05:42am EDT
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Navy takes lifecycle view of energy costs in acquisitions

The Navy is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to find alternatives to fossil fuels. A parallel effort aims to engrain energy efficiency into the way the service buys the ships and planes it will own for the next few decades.

Tags: DoD , Energy , Navy , alternative energy , acquisition , acquisition policy , jim thomsen , jo decker , terry blake , Ray Mabus , green government , DoD Report

Monday - 10/17/2011, 05:45am EDT
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Panetta wants full accounting of money in, money out by 2014

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wants the department to have at least part of its books ready for audit well in advance of the Congressionally-mandated 2017 deadline. The edict could prove challenging for some components of DoD.

Tags: DoD , audit readiness , Congress , budget , Leon Panetta , Martin Dempsey , pay and benefits , military pensions , supercommittee , House Armed Services Committee

Friday - 10/14/2011, 05:24am EDT
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Army readies new network standards

The Army plans to release technical standards for its IT systems next year, in a process that leaders say will give greater predictability to industry. For the Army, the benefit will be an enterprise network that lets it quickly integrate new technologies as they come to market.

Tags: DoD , Army , ausa 2011 , technology , Network Integration Evaluation , Jennifer Napper , charles flynn , John Morrison , Susan Lawrence , William Phillips , acquisition , Fort Bliss , rapid acquisition process

Thursday - 10/13/2011, 05:25am EDT
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Ground forces shouldn't bear brunt of DoD cuts, Army leaders argue

In the face of suggestions that the military of the future will rely more on air and sea power than ground forces, Army leaders say such arguments were wrong in the past and are wrong now.

Tags: DoD , Army , ausa 2011 , Raymond Odierno , John McHugh , DoD budget , budget , sequestration , supercommittee ,

Tuesday - 10/11/2011, 05:37am EDT
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Amin drafts apology to foreign service officers at State

Kirit Amin, the departing chief information officer at the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs offers a "compete and sincere" apology to foreign service officers, who he derided in an interview this week with Federal News Radio. Amin says it is unfortunate that he shared private feelings in a public forum.

Tags: State Department , Kirit Amin , Bureau of Consular Affairs , American Foreign Service Association , Jason Miller ,

Friday - 10/07/2011, 06:33pm EDT

OMB updates data center consolidation targets

Federal CIO Steven Van Roekel said the Office of Management and Budget now estimates to save millions of dollars more from data center consolidation, through an expanded definition of the facilities and an amplified goal.

Tags: management , OMB , technology , data center consolidation , Steven Van Roekel , federal CIO , cloud computing

Friday - 10/07/2011, 11:25am EDT
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NSA kicks in scholarship funds to boost cyber challenge

The National Security Agency will contribute the prize money for Maryland's first cyber competition. The agency says it wants to raise interest in cyber education and help ensure its future workforce.

Tags: NSA , Chris Inglis , cybersecurity , workforce , STEM , Maryland Cyber Challenge and Conference ,

Thursday - 10/06/2011, 07:30pm EDT
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