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Col. Lee Ackiss, Marine Corps

Life after the military just got a little easier, at least for Marines planning to muster out. The Marine Corps has rolled out new a website where Marines use their military training to earn equivalent civilian certifications that could potentially lead to civilian jobs. The site is called "COOL." Col. Lee Ackiss is the Personal and Professional Development Deputy Branch Head for the Marine and Family Programs Division. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what the new site intends to do.

Tags: Lee Ackiss , retirement , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 01:00pm EDT
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Marine Corps weeks away from beta testing BYOD approach

The Marine Corps will begin a small scale pilot in the next several weeks to determine whether commercial-grade security containers on mobile devices can meet DoD's security demands. If it's successful, Marines envision a BYOD strategy that begins implementation as soon as next year.

Tags: DoD , technology , mobility , cybersecurity , BYOD , Rob Anderson , Government Executive , sequestration , Jared Serbu

Friday - 10/24/2014, 04:01am EDT
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GAO: Length of DoD withdrawal from Afghanistan to surpass Iraq

The Department of Defense expects a longer and possibly a more costly withdrawal of Army and Marine Corps equipment from Afghanistan than in Iraq, according to a Government Accountability Office report released on Tuesday.

Tags: Jory Heckman , Afghanistan , DoD , GAO , Iraq , Army ,

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 12:05pm EDT

Tom Devine, Legal Director, Government Accountability Project

The Marine Corps has settled a complaint with a high-profile whistleblower. Marine Corps civilian scientist Franz Gayl had raised concerns about delays in sending the blast-resistant trucks known as M-RAPs to Afghanistan and Iraq. Now, after the seven-year battle, the service is pledging to create a better environment for whistleblowers. Tom Devine is the legal director for the Government Accountability Project and he represented Franz Gayl. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with the details of the case.

Tags: Tom Devine , Tom Temin , whistleblower , MRAP , Government Accountability Project , Franz Gayl , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 11:42am EDT
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High-profile Marine Corps whistleblower's suit settled

Franz Gayl's seven-year Whistleblower Protection Act complaint case against the United States Marine Corps has come to an end. On top of preserving Gayl's position, the deal also appoints Gayl to a new team tasked with developing guidelines for whistleblower rights.

Tags: DoD , MRAP , Franz Gayl , Whistleblower Protection Act , Government Accountability Project , whistleblowers , workforce

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 02:50pm EDT

On DoD: Navy strategic sourcing; acquisition workforce morale

On this week's edition of On DoD, we discuss strategic sourcing in the Navy, plus the current state of the financial management workforce in DoD.

Tags: Jamie Halke , On DoD , Jared Serbu , Navy , Tracy Greene , Grant Thornton

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 12:57pm EDT
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Military suicides rise

Suicides among active-duty military rose this year compared with the same period last year, but Pentagon officials indicate more service members are seeking help through hotlines and other aid programs. Pentagon documents obtained by The Associated Press show there were 161 confirmed or suspected suicides as of July 14, compared with 154 during the same time frame in 2013. The increase was among the Air Force and Navy, while soldiers and Marine suicides went down.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green , suicides , DoD , Army , Air Force , Navy ,

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 08:49am EDT

Marines to conduct scheduled sustainment training in Kuwait

U.S. Marines from the USS Gunston Hall will conduct previously scheduled sustainment training in Kuwait in the coming days. The Marine Corps has conducted sustainment training in Kuwait on a regular basis for two decades. The region is of specific concern because of the terror group ISIL's march toward Baghdad. The Gunston Hall is part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group. It departed Norfolk, Va. in February and is operating in the 5th fleet area of responsibility on a routine deployment to support maritime security operations. The deployment of U.S. Navy assets are regularly scheduled and are in accordance with our longstanding commitments to the security and stability of the region.

Tags: Kuwait , USS Gunston Hall , ISIS , Baghdad , Bataan Amphibious Ready Group , Navy

Monday - 06/23/2014, 08:58am EDT

Marines driving toward more active approach to cyber

The comply-to-connect initiative is about removing much of the people challenges by automating the software patching and updating the cyber processes in real time.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Ray Letteer , DoD , AFCEA , continuous monitoring , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/30/2014, 01:35pm EDT
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Dr. Maren Leed, Senior Adviser, CSIS

A few years after then-Defense secretary Robert Gates put the Marine Corps' variant of the F-35 fighter on "probation" because of poor performance, the Marine Corps is optimistic about the plane's future and the rest of the aviation portfolio. That's the message the service's top aviation official delivered to the Center For Strategic And International Studies yesterday. Dr. Maren Leed, senior adviser at CSIS, hosted the event. She tells Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu the Marine Corps' aviation programs are looking healthier than most other areas of weapon system acquisition in DoD.

Tags: Maren Leed , CSIS , DoD , In Depth

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 06:39pm EDT
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