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Air Force charges new cyber task force with looking for threats in core missions

Task Force Cyber Secure will attempt to apply the same degree of rigor and oversight DoD uses for its computing networks to everything else that's vulnerable to cyber threats, including weapons systems and industrial control systems. The Air Force is following in the footsteps of the Navy to ensure cybersecurity is everyone's responsibility.

Tags: DoD , Air Force , technology , Cybersecurity , William Bender , Peter Kim , Task Force Cyber Secure , AFCEA , Air Force Association , Jared Serbu

Friday - 04/03/2015, 03:44am EDT
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Military leaders express misgivings about House plan to boost their budget

Pentagon officials are adamant that sequestration-level spending is incompatible with the current Defense strategy. But, they also have serious concerns with the plan House Republicans released this week to boost Defense funding, saying it would limit their options and keep the military in a state of budget uncertainty.

Tags: DoD , budget , OCO , management , sequestration , House Budget Committee , Congress , Jared Serbu , House Armed Services Committee , Ray Odierno , Mac Thornberry , Mike McCord , Mike Rogers

Friday - 03/20/2015, 04:00am EDT
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Air Force to ask for base closures, aircraft retirements despite repeated rebuffs

As is typical, Defense leaders are not sharing many details about next year's budget proposal prior to its expected February release. But the Air Force is making clear it's gearing up for another fight on BRAC and aircraft divestitures, and thinks it might win this time.

Tags: DoD , Air Force , Deborah Lee James , budget , Congress , Jared Serbu

Monday - 01/19/2015, 03:54am EST
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Carter opens door to more DoD civilian job cuts

Ashton Carter, the new Defense secretary, told lawmakers this week that most of DoD's civilian workforce is performing mission-critical functions. But large budgets over the past decade have let the department do a lot of hiring without much thought toward cutting outdated positions, he said.

Tags: DoD , workforce , Congress , sequestration , Ashton Carter , Deborah Lee James , House Appropriations Committee , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:42am EST
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James announces 9 steps to a more diverse Air Force

Troubled by a lack of women and minorities at the Air Force's higher levels, its leaders are rolling out nine initiatives focusing on recruitment, promotions and retention. "This is not just about how we look. It's about our readiness and capabilities today and in the future," Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said.

Tags: Deborah Lee James , Air Force , DoD , diversity , Center for New American Security

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 04:34pm EST

Air Force needs more strategic planning to meet budget constraints

The Air Force can't afford the programs it thinks it will need over the next decade. The service's top officer says it's time to reexamine priorities, with a realistic view of the funding it will get from Congress.

Tags: DoD , Air Force , Readiness , Deborah Lee James , budget , strategic plan , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:34am EDT
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National Guard carves out its slice of DoD cyber mission, wants teams in every state

Both the Army and Air National Guard say they are making inroads toward gaining a foothold for their state-based forces in the Defense Department's growing mission sets in cyberspace. Both services say they are training more personnel and building the guard's credibility within the Pentagon when it comes to cyber missions.

Tags: DoD , National Guard , Cybersecurity , Army , Air Force , Frank Grass , Judy Lyons , Stanley Clarke , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 04:32am EDT
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Air Force pins its future on ‘strategic agility'

Service's latest strategy document sees a future in which it will need to be more flexible and adaptable, including in its acquisition and personnel policies and organizational structures.

Tags: Air Force , Acquisition , DoD , Deborah Lee James , National Contract Management Association , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 11:13am EDT
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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 , Jared Serbu , Congress

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 06:38am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force says it won't fully recover from its readiness shortfalls for another decade.

Tags: Air Force , sequestration , Readiness

Monday - 03/17/2014, 10:33am EDT
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