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National Guard makes case to keep citizen-soldiers operational, relevant

After a decade in which it has been built up to parity with the active Army and Air Force components, the National Guard should not be allowed to backslide to a point where it is no longer usable, the National Guard chief said Friday.

Tags: DoD , National Guard , cybersecurity , Craig McKinley , CSIS , Harry Wyatt , budget , DoD budget , workforce , Cyber Workforce , DoD Report , Federal Drive

Monday - 11/21/2011, 05:35am EST
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Leadership from the top, well-trained workforce are key to DoD audits, experts say

The Pentagon faces an uphill climb in getting ready for an audit of its consolidated financial statements by 2017, outside experts said Thursday. Nonetheless, the goal is achievable if the push is sustained by future secretaries of Defense.

Tags: DoD , management , financial management , DISA , DFAS , Army Corps of Engineers , DCAA , JoAnn Boutelle , Mark Keeley , Tracy Porter , Deloitte , Grant Thornton , PricewaterhouseCoopers , audit readiness ,

Friday - 11/18/2011, 10:54am EST
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DISA website back up after five-day outage

The Defense Information Systems Agency's website had been offline since Saturday. Agency officials blamed a hardware problem.

Tags: DoD , DISA , technology ,

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 02:46pm EST

OFPP warns against cuts to acquisition workforce

Progress has been made in better recruiting and training the acquisition workforce, but budget cuts could threaten years of progress, outgoing OFPP administrator Dan Gordon said at a House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday.

Tags: acquisition , workforce , acquisition workforce , DoD , DAU , FAI , Donna Jenkins , Katrina McFarland , Roger Jordan , PSC , Dan Gordon , Gerry Connolly , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ,

Thursday - 11/17/2011, 05:36am EST
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DCMA leads acquisition 'revolution'

The Defense Department said it intends to not just rebuild its acquisition workforce in numbers, but also make sure those employees have access to new tools that will give them the insight they need to make good decisions.

Tags: DoD , DCMA , DCAA , NCMA , 2011 GCMC , DAU , acquisition , workforce , acquisition workforce , industry , contracting , pricing , Shay Assad , Timothy Callahan ,

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 05:29am EST
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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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