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Budget glass is more than half full for Navy, Marine Corps

Navy and Marine Corps officials are upbeat about how they'll fare under the current round of budget cuts. Navy Department officials said the strategy DoD developed following the passage of the Budget Control Act aligns perfectly with the capabilities of the maritime services.

Tags: DoD , Navy , budget , Budget Control Act , sequestration , Robert Work , Buck McKeon , Ray Mabus

Thursday - 04/19/2012, 05:09am EDT
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Navy aims for more accountability, centralized authority in acquisition commands

After a decade in which relatively few questions were asked about resource allocations, Navy and Marine Corps acquisition leaders are moving to adjust to a new reality.

Tags: DoD , Navy , acquisition , industry , DoD budget , NAVSEA , NAVAIR , SPAWAR , MARCORSYSCOM , Frank Kelley , Patrick Brady , Kevin McCoy , David Architzel , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 04/18/2012, 05:38am EDT
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Agencies feel strain of balancing mobility, security

The Army and DISA will release a broad agency announcement this summer seeking third party software to secure smartphones and tablet computers. The Marine Corps is looking at host of different possibilities to secure mobile devices, including a process to verify the software code in apps.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Army , Defense , Stephen Smith , Ray Letteer , Howard Schmidt , Emma Garrison-Alexander , TSA , White House , mobile computing , McAfee , DISA , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/12/2012, 05:18am EDT
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Marine Corps' portable solar-energy units mean fewer IED deaths

The Defense Department is the single largest consumer of energy in the world, and as part of a broad strategy to shift consumption to renewable sources, the Marine Corps is rolling out its Ground Renewable Expeditionary Energy Network System (GREENS). Project manager Michael Gallagher told In Depth that GREENS saves not only fossil fuels and money, but also lives.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , DoD , renewable energy , Michael Gallagher , Afghanistan , IEDs

Tuesday - 04/10/2012, 08:46pm EDT
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Marines seek DOD guidance on social media use

Marine Corps officials are seeking additional guidance from the Pentagon regarding service members' use of social media amid discharge proceedings against a Camp Pendleton sergeant who criticized President Barack Obama on Facebook.

Tags: DoD , Barack Obama

Friday - 04/06/2012, 07:35pm EDT

Tighter budget inspires services to rethink their workforce

With less money to work with, the military services has to think creatively in order to deploy its shrinking workforce.

Tags: Ray Mabus , David Van Buren , DoD , Navy , Air Force , acquisition , contracting , workforce , Federal Drive , acquisition workforce , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 03/27/2012, 11:30am EDT
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Navy links cyber workforce training to commercial certifications

Navy CIO Terry Halvorsen issued a policy making IT security training provided by the services to sailors and Marines equitable to commercial accreditations. He said the department shouldn't have to pay for civilian education courses when DoD programs work just as well.

Tags: workforce , technology , Terry Halvorsen , Navy , cybersecurity , training , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 03/27/2012, 05:14am EDT
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Military leaders assert zero-tolerance for hazing

Military services still struggle to track hazing incidents, but insist incidents that harm or demean servicemembers won't be tolerated.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Army , Navy , Coast Guard , Air Force , Rick West , Michael Barrett , Judy Chu , Mike Coffman , hazing , Harry Lew , Danny Chen , Jared Serbu

Monday - 03/26/2012, 05:51am EDT
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Navy targets 15 large software vendors for enterprise deals

The service's CIO Terry Halvorsen said the goal is to bring together the purchasing power of the Navy and the Marines Corps to obtain lower prices. He said the Department of the Navy expects to save $100 million over five years. Navy senior officials from technology, acquisition and finance make the use of these enterprisewide contracts mandatory.

Tags: contracting , technology , industry , Navy , Terry Halvorsen , GSA , enterprise licenses agreements , SmartBUY , Microsoft , IT efficiencies , budget , Jason Miller

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 05:19am EDT
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