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DoD learns important lesson in developing coalition network

NATO and its members say a network they constructed to tie together the national networks of the various militaries operating in Afghanistan is a success story except for the fact that the network took eight years to get up and running. But U.S. Defense officials said they have a better understanding for future coalition operations for how best to build such a network.

Tags: DoD , Afghanistan , Army , DISA , information sharing , acquisition , technology , Randall Strong , David Simpson , Andy Bristow , Afghan Mission Network , Future Mission Network ,

Monday - 11/14/2011, 05:03am EST

Air Force adding new IT stovepipes every day, general says

The new leader of the Air Force's major information technology acquisition command said the service still is operating in a mode that lets individual programs design and build their own IT infrastructure.

Tags: Air Force , acquisition , cybersecurity , Charles Jones , Charles Davis , Air Force Materiel Command , MILCOM , network consolidation , David Van Buren , Donald Hoffman

Thursday - 11/10/2011, 05:45am EST
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DoD wants cheaper, faster satellite capabilities

The Defense Department needs fast, reliable, resilient satellite networking capabilities across the globe. It's wrestling with how to provide those capabilities in the face of dropping budgets.

Tags: DoD , space , satellites , SATCOM , acquisition , industry , Gil Klinger , Doug Loverro , MILCOM , contracting

Wednesday - 11/09/2011, 05:20am EST
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VA's mobile strategy aims for flexibility, multiple devices

The Veterans Affairs Department wants to hedge its bets when it comes to its planned rollout of up to 100,000 tablet devices. IT leaders worry about the unpredictability of the mobile technology landscape, and don't want to spend millions to develop apps for a platform that risks being superseded by a competitor.

Tags: VA , mobile , technology , IT , smartphones , mobile devices , Windows , Android , Apple , iPhone , iPad , Roger Baker , Jerry Davis , AFCEA Health IT Day 2011 , health IT ,

Thursday - 11/03/2011, 05:52am EDT
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DoD to create map of defense industry

The Pentagon said it needs a much clearer picture of the subcontractors beneath the top tier of prime vendors it works with every day. DoD is trying to create a comprehensive map of the entire defense industry so it can keep critical suppliers healthy during an expected period of industry consolidation.

Tags: DoD , industry , contracting , acquisition , defense industrial base , Congress , House , House Armed Services Committee , Bill Schuster , Brett Lambert ,

Wednesday - 11/02/2011, 05:52am EDT
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Air Force aims for one network by end of 2012

The Air Force intends to migrate most of its localized and non-standardized IT networks into a single system known as AFNET by the end of next year. The migration should enable enterprise services across the Air Force, but who will host and operate those services over the long term remains undecided.

Tags: DoD , technology , IT , Air Force , AFNET , Army , enterprise email , data center consolidation , Nicholas Davenport , network consolidation ,

Monday - 10/31/2011, 05:01am EDT
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DoD personnel miss out on absentee ballots

A Pentagon report found that more than a quarter of active-duty military personnel who requested absentee ballots for the 2010 election never received them. DoD is examining the reasons and looking to technological solutions.

Tags: DoD , technology , e-voting , Federal Voter Assistance Program , Bob Carey ,

Friday - 10/28/2011, 05:17am EDT
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Air Force to consume not pay for the development of biofuels

The Air Force wants to fulfill half of its U.S.-based jet fuel needs with alternative fuels by 2016 and expects to be ready for that target ahead of time. But, with the view that it is a consumer, not a producer of energy, the service says it doesn't intend to play a direct role in helping to develop biofuel technologies.

Tags: DoD , Air Force , Energy , alternative energy , Green government , Kevin Geiss , Air Force Association , biofuels , industry , DoD Report

Thursday - 10/27/2011, 07:44am EDT
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Military retirement costs are affordable, DoD says

Amid calls for military retirement reform, Pentagon officials say the system that's in place right now is not the main driver of the department's escalating personnel costs and is affordable . Their remarks Tuesday before a Congressional subcommittee run counter to a Defense Business Board report that suggested retirement costs may eventually crowd out warfighting capability.

Tags: DoD , Congress , House , House Armed Services Committee , pay and benefits , benefits , retirement , military retirement , Defense Business Board , Steve Stobridge , Jo Ann Rooney , Vee Penrod , Austin Scott ,

Wednesday - 10/26/2011, 05:34am EDT
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DoD almost ready to hand out $30M in clean energy grants

The Pentagon will soon announce winners of its latest round of grant funding to try out new energy technologies at its U.S. bases. The response from industry and other government agencies has been overwhelming, officials said.

Tags: DoD , Green government , Dorothy Robyn , Energy , Martin Dempsey , Peter Newell , Army , Navy , Marine Corps ,

Wednesday - 10/19/2011, 05:34am EDT
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