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DoD acquisition reform providing a few glimmers of progress

The 2009 reform aimed at ending the Pentagon's practice of overpromising the weapons systems it could deliver within the budgets it was asking for is showing signs of success. But DoD's acquisition chief says no amount of legislating will solve cost overruns.

Tags: DoD , congress , GAO , acquisition , Frank Kendall , Michael Sullivan , workforce ,

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 04:50am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army broke ground last week on what will become the Defense Department's largest solar energy project ever. The Fort Huachuca, Ariz., solar project will provide the Army with renewable energy at no additional cost to the government. As Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports, the Army sets aside dozens of acres of southern Arizona land for the solar panels. In exchange for the land, a local utility company will build and operate them. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Tags: DoD , green government

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 09:44am EDT

Army breaks ground on DoD's biggest solar project to date

The Fort Huachuca, Ariz., solar project will provide the Army with renewable energy at no additional cost to the government. The solar panels are expected to provide 18 megawatts of electricity, enough to light a small-sized city.

Tags: DoD , Army , Fort Huachuca , Katherine Hammack , Amanda Simpson , green government ,

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 04:12am EDT

DoD CIO Teri Takai to step down in May

Teri Takai will leave this week after serving as CIO since 2010. Takai assumed her current role in November 2010 after the Pentagon recruited her from California, where she had been serving as that state's CIO. She held the same job for the state of Michigan prior to that. She made the announcement about her departure this morning at a Chief Information Officers' Council meeting.

Tags: Teri Takai , DoD , technology , Rob Carey ,

Monday - 04/28/2014, 01:34pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon and its suppliers have made it through defense spending downturns before. But they say this one's different because it poses risks they've never seen before - both for the companies themselves, and for future military capabilities. More from Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu.

Tags: DoD , In Depth

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 05:32pm EDT

Pentagon sees new risks to industrial base during current spending downturn

The Defense Department and the industries it depends on have made their way through budget downturns before, but this one is different. Both budgets and threats are uncertain.

Tags: DoD , industry , Elana Broitman , Frank Kendall , Linda Hudson , budget , acquisition ,

Friday - 04/25/2014, 04:43am EDT

Despite objections, Air Force sees no good alternatives to eliminating aircraft fleets

Members of Congress aren't happy with the Air Force's proposal to cut entire fleets of aircraft out of its inventory. But the service insists it's the only way to comply with the budget caps Congress created, and the alternatives would be far more painful.

Tags: DoD , Air Force , budget , A-10 , Mark Welsh , congress

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 06:38am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force's top officer says Congress needs to allow his service to make the painful decision to retire entire fleets of aircraft in order to cope with budget cuts. Gen. Mark Welsh says if the money has to come from somewhere else, all the alternatives would jeopardize the Air Force's core missions. More from Federal News Radio's DoD reporter, Jared Serbu.

Tags: In Depth

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 05:40pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy says it will move forward this year to create two new acquisition vehicles to ensure it has a stable supply of advanced biofuels. And as Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu reports, the service says it won't be any more expensive than petroleum products.

Tags: DoD , Navy , biofuels

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 05:36pm EDT

Navy plans action this year on two large pathways to alternative fuel

Navy says the Defense Production Act and a new partnership with USDA will help it generate several hundred million gallons per year of U.S.-based biofuel. The solicitations it plans to issue over the next year are a key stepping stone to the Navy's goal of getting half its energy from alternative sources by 2020.

Tags: DoD , Navy , Defense Production Act , Thomas Hicks , Chris Tindal , biofuel , green government ,

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 04:36am EDT
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