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DoD's proposals aim to simplify 'mindboggling' acquisition rules

Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told the House Armed Services Committee that a bunch of incremental changes could help DoD find success with its acquisitions more often. The seven legislative proposals address redundant documents and processes that the military needs help from Congress to get rid of and give program managers more time.

Tags: acquisition , management , Congress , DoD , House Armed Services Committee , Frank Kendall , Better Buying Power , Aerospace innovation initiative , Jason Miller

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:10am EST
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New House Armed Services Committee chair vows DoD reform agenda, starting with acquisition

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), incoming chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, says defense acquisition reform is an essential element of his agenda. But the approach will be slow and steady.

Tags: DoD , Congress , acquisition , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 03:48am EST
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Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), Chairman, HASC, and Jim Talent, AEI

Sequestration, cyber attacks and terrorism are just a few of the concerns that top the list for the 114th Congress. In anticipation of tonight's State of the Union address, the American Enterprise Institute will hold a "congressional roadmap for rebuilding our nation's military" at 10 a.m. Former Sen. Jim Talent is an AEI senior fellow; Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. They joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with a sneak peak at the event.

Tags: Jim Talent , AEI , House Armed Services Committee , sequestration , cyber attacks , terrorism , DoD , State of the Union

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 09:00am EST
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Acquisition reform

Today's FEDtalk will feature a roundtable discussion of one of this year's hottest topics - acquisition reform.
January 9, 2015

Tags: acquisition , acquisition reform , workforce , Dan Chenok , IBM Business of Government , Stan Soloway , Professional Services Council , Kymm McCabe , ASI Government , John McCain , FEDtalk , Long Term Care Partners , OPM , Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

Friday - 01/09/2015, 09:03pm EST

House panel probes DoD's acquisition workforce

The size of DoD's civilian acquisition workforce has grown by some 20,000 employees over the past five years and now numbers about 135,000 personnel members, according to Stephanie Barna, acting assistant secretary of Defense for Readiness and Force Management. That's thanks to an effort by DoD begun in 2009 to recapitalize its acquisition workforce. But the department's focus on the acquisition workforce has been strained by a slew of competing priorities and congressionally-mandated belt-tightening, Barna said.

Tags: Congress , House , House Armed Services Committee , Rick Larsen , Frank Kendall , Stephanie Barna , acquisition , acquisition workforce , Jack Moore

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 06:14pm EDT

House panel targets DoD acquisition reform, but will that be enough?

The House Armed Services Committee created a panel to figure out a way to reform the defense acquisition processes. Experts say reform may be difficult but it's also necessary given tight budgets and sequestration.

Tags: Dov Zakheim , Bill Greenwalt , In Depth , DoD , acquistion , acquisition workforce , acquisition reform , House , House Armed Services Committee , Buck McKeon , DHS , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 11/06/2013, 02:29pm EST
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Column: Cyber inaction may be our Achilles' heel

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), the chairman of the House GOP Cybersecurity Task Force, argues that the country's national security cannot afford a stalemate on cyber legislation. His column is part of Federal News Radio's special report, Cybersecurity Rising.

Tags: Congress , Cybersecurity Rising , Technology , DHS , DoD , House Armed Services Committee , House , House GOP Cybersecurity Task Force , cybersecurity , cybersecurity legislation

Wednesday - 10/24/2012, 03:08am EDT

Military branches refine cyber roles

Two years after U.S. Cyber Command became operational, the military services that provide its cyber forces are beginning to more tightly define their respective responsibilities in the joint cyber environment. Gen. Keith Alexander issued a memo recently giving each of the services a lead cyber role for specific geographic areas of the world.

Tags: DoD , Congress , cybersecurity , Cyber Command , Keith Alexander , Army , Navy , Air Force , Marine Corps , Rhett Hernandez , Suzanne Vautrinot , Michael Rogers , Jared Serbu

Monday - 07/30/2012, 05:21am EDT
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Pentagon still grappling with rules of cyberwar

The Pentagon is still grappling with how to write the rules of cyberwarfare, such as when and how to fire back against a computer-based attack, senior military leaders told Congress Wednesday.

Tags: DoD , cybersecurity , Congress , Michael Rogers , Keith Alexander , NSA , Suzanne Vautrinot , Cybersecurity Update

Wednesday - 07/25/2012, 07:31pm EDT

House-backed cyber bills head to Senate

Despite a veto threat from the President, the House passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) Thursday , along with three other cybersecurity bills.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , CISPA , FISMA , cybersecurity , Mike Rogers , Technology , Dutch Ruppersberger

Friday - 04/27/2012, 07:12pm EDT
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