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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Ashton Carter said there's more cost-cutting to do at the Defense Department. He promised to end cost overruns in weapons systems and create a leaner Pentagon if the Senate confirms him. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Tags: DoD , In Depth , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 05:14pm EST
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Carter promises 'leaner' Pentagon if confirmed as Defense secretary

Ashton Carter, President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next Defense secretary, told senators that cost overruns and needless overhead spending 'must stop,' but so must arbitrary caps on Defense spending.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Senate Armed Services Committee , Ashton Carter , John McCain ,

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 12:24pm EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Big changes to military health care are part of the recommendations to reshape military compensation. Last week, a blue-ribbon panel released its long-awaited report on modernizing the military compensation system. The report included those changes to health care. The recommendation to replace the current TRICARE system has gotten most of the attention, but the panel's commissioners also see a major opportunity to sync up DoD and the Department of Veterans' Affairs health care systems. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

Tags: In Depth , Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission , Veterans Affairs Department , Health IT

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:56pm EST
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Congress must force DoD, VA to work together as part of military compensation overhaul

In their first round of congressional testimony, members of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission cited glaring gaps between the policies and services provided by DoD and VA. Their report found that existing systems to bridge the gap are mostly a paperwork exercise.

Tags: management , DoD , Veterans Affairs , VA , Congress , Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission , Stephen Buyer , Peter Chiarelli , Bob Kerrey , Senate Armed Services Committee , SASC ,

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 04:14am EST
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DoD likely to lean on overseas accounts for sequestration safety valve

The Obama administration already has made clear that it will request a budget Monday which violates the automatic spending caps in existing law. But for DoD, the war accounts, which are exempt from the caps, may serve as a backup plan.

Tags: DoD , budget , 2016 budget , Budget Control Act , sequestration , Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments , Todd Harrison , Robert Work , cybersecurity , Joint Regional Security Stacks , Center for New American Security ,

Monday - 02/02/2015, 05:24am EST

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

A new analysis based on early media leaks of the Pentagon's 2016 budget request suggests DoD is using Afghanistan as a partial safety valve to once again ease the threat of sequestration. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the data is suggesting a pattern over the past few years.

Tags: DoD , In Depth

Friday - 01/30/2015, 05:16pm EST
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In Pentagon's belated march to the cloud, DoD CIO looks to spark 'national dialogue' on cloud security

Pentagon CIO sees renewed vigor in DoD's cloud migration path as an opportunity to raise the bar for the nation's overall cybersecurity, telling vendors he wants a much closer partnership with commercial cloud providers.

Tags: DoD , technology , cybersecurity , industry , cloud computing , DISA , Terry Halvorsen , Alan Lynn ,

Friday - 01/30/2015, 12:17pm EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon's top IT official told vendors, DoD wants a much closer partnership with commercial technology providers, and it fully intends to move as much of its data as it can into commercially hosted environments. They'll do it as soon as officials figure out how to solve the cybersecurity implications. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu has more.

Tags: DoD , cybersecurity , In Depth

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:37pm EST
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McCain pushes greater role for military service chiefs to fix acquisition

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the new chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said his committee has more work to do before it draws up a broad acquisition reform package. But one element will be a more full-throated role for the uniformed military.

Tags: DoD , Congress , acquisition , acquisition reform , sequestration , Readiness , John McCain , Ray Odierno , Jonathan Greenert , Joseph Dunford , Senate Armed Services Committee ,

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:36am EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he intends to put acquisition reform language into this year's defense authorization bill. McCain said he's not sure yet what form that language will take but is sure of one thing: The uniformed chiefs of the military services need to be put back into the acquisition chain of command. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Tags: DoD , John McCain

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:24pm EST
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