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Buying commercial in DoD: 15 years after acquisition reform

During the last Defense drawdown, Congress and the White House pushed the Pentagon to make smarter buying decisions in the hopes that it would save a lot of money. The idea was to have the military buy many products the same way businesses do. A decade and a half later, DoD now spends tens of billions of dollars a year under the commercialized models Congress set up. In a two-part, exclusive report, Federal News Radio examines the debate underway over how well it has worked out.

Tags: commercial products , Bill Clinton , Al Gore , Reinventing Government , commercial of a type , Shay Assad , Clinger-Cohen Act , William Clinger , Federal Acquisition Streamling Act , Susan Lawrence , Army , Network Integration Evaluation , CANES , Coast Guard , John Korn , DoD , Aquisitions , Scott Amey , Project on Government Oversight , Defense Service Board , William Perry , Dennis Moran , Harris Corp. , Jared Serbu , Nett Warrior

Monday - 05/21/2012, 05:28am EDT
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Navy takes industry feedback to heart in NGEN RFP

The Navy tried to ensure it properly addressed industry concerns as it developed its final solicitation for the $5.4 billion network contract. Some comments involved cost-reduction. Others related to fairness in competition.

Tags: NGEN , NMCI , Stephen Hendricks , contracting , acquisition , technology , Ruben Gomez , industry

Monday - 05/21/2012, 04:37pm EDT

Navy official calls cyber greatest, long-term threat

The Navy's top man in Europe said cyber is the threat that keeps him up at night.

Tags: cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Federal Drive , DoD , James Stavridis , Senate

Monday - 05/21/2012, 08:49am EDT

Navy names new deputy to Fleet Cyber Command

Rear Adm. Diane Webber is the new deputy commander of the Fleet Cyber Command and the Tenth Fleet at Fort Meade, Md., according to a recent Defense Department release. Webber is currently the director of communications and networks at the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. The Commander of Fleet Cyber Command is Vice Adm. Michael Rogers.

Tags: cybersecurity , Diane Webber , DoD , Michael Rogers , Cybersecurity Update , In Depth , Francis Rose

Wednesday - 05/16/2012, 06:17pm EDT

Navy's Ken Barrett pushes for diversity, work-life balance

Navy Capt. Ken Barrett said diversity is an issue "people get hung up on," but he's never looked at it as meeting quotas. "It's about making heads counts, not counting heads," he said. The profile is part of Federal News Radio's Federal Voices series.

Tags: Federal Voices , workforce , DoD , diversity , Ken Barrett , Emily Kopp , General Motors , Jolie Lee

Monday - 05/14/2012, 08:34am EDT
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Navy releases long-awaited final solicitation for NGEN

The Navy is looking for someone to run the world's second-largest computer network. At least two consortiums of vendors are vying for the $4.5 billion deal.

Tags: NMCI , Jared Serbu , DoD , technology , contracting , industry , Hewlett-Packard , NGEN

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 10:37pm EDT

Lockheed joins Northrop, HP for NGEN bid

Lockheed Martin will join a team of several other large companies in a bid for the Navy's forthcoming multibillion dollar Next Generation Enterprise Network contract.

Tags: technology , DoD , NMCI , Lockheed Martin , AT&T , Hewlett Packard , IBM , computer sciences corporation , Harris Corporation , General Dynamics , Verizon , Shawn Hendricks , Jared Serbu , AT&T , Northrop Grumman

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 12:23pm EDT

Navy takes aim at reducing stress

The Navy is deploying two roving teams to combat what it sees as an serious threat: stress.

Tags: DoD , DoD Update , Operational Stress Control , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 05/08/2012, 08:48am EDT

Amendment aims to speed up ship building plan

The Armed Services committee Seapower chairman is tired of waiting for the Navy's ship building plan to come in.

Tags: Todd Akin , DoD , House Armed Services Committee , DoD Report , Federal Drive , House

Tuesday - 05/08/2012, 08:39am EDT

Navy's Submarine Learning Center earns LEED silver

The Submarine Learning Center, at the Naval Submarine Base New London, has won a LEED silver award for being green. The center's headquarters uses geothermal heating a cooling systems and is built out of recycled building materials.

Tags: green government , DoD , DoD Report , In Depth , Francis Rose , Submarine Learning Center , LEED certification

Monday - 05/07/2012, 07:18pm EDT
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