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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 , Marine Corps , 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 , Marine Corps , 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 , Marine Corps , 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 opens its first alternative fueling station

Naval Facilities Engineering Command opened the first of three planned stations that pump E-85, a fuel made up mostly of ethanol. The Navy Secretary said he wants the service to cut is use of petroleum fuel by 50 percent and set a deadline of 2015.

Tags: Green government , Hawaii , alternative fuel , ethanol , Federal Drive

Monday - 03/26/2012, 07:41am EDT

Navy lab researches cutting-edge technologies in ocean, rain forest without leaving the office

The Navy opened the doors last week on a new laboratory tasked with cutting-edge research on robotics and unmanned systems. And befitting the science-fiction-like focus of research, the Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research, located at the Naval Research Laboratory's main Washington, D.C.site, has its own state-of-the-art facilities.

Tags: DoD , technology , Naval Research Laboratory , Laboratory for Autonomous Research , In Depth , Francis Rose , Alan Schultz

Thursday - 03/22/2012, 09:52pm EDT
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Air Force is next to move to DoD enterprise email

The military's chief information officer, Teri Takai, said after the Army completes its migration to DISA's email-as-a-service, the Air Force will be next. She said the Navy also is in discussions to move to the cloud. DoD soon will release a new cloud computing strategy and standards guide for industry.
March 22, 2012(Encore presentation April 19, 2012)

Tags: technology , Teri Takai , DoD , Army , Air Force , cloud computing , enterprise email , identity management , data center consolidation , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller

Thursday - 03/22/2012, 10:25pm EDT
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Recruitment not a problem for Navy, Marine Corps

A decade of war has not deterred people from signing up to work for the Navy and Marine Corps. Juan Garcia, the Navy's assistant secretary for manpower and reserve affairs, said retention rates are so high the agency has had to let some people go.

Tags: Juan Garcia , USMC , recruitment , retention , workforce

Thursday - 03/22/2012, 02:05am EDT
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Mandatory breathalyzer tests coming to Navy, Marine Corps

The alcohol screening program is part of a sweeping realignment of personnel and readiness programs in the Department of the Navy.

Tags: DoD , USMC , Ray Mabus , Jonathan Greenert , workforce , Jared Serbu , alcohol , marijuana , 21st Century Sailor and Marine , readiness

Monday - 03/05/2012, 05:33pm EST
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Survey: Diversity initiative is a tough sell for many

The federal initiative to increase diversity and inclusion in its workforce may be critical to an agency's mission or seen as a political ploy depends on the employees' race, ethnicity and gender. That is what a Federal News Radio survey revealed: sharp divides among federal employees. And the widely differing points of view may make it more difficult for agencies to implement new diversity and inclusion strategies.

Tags: Barack Obama , inclusion , diversity , Justice , Channing Phillips , RGS , DoD , workforce , management , Federally Employed Women , Georgia Thomas , Susan Grunin , Ken Barrett , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 03:20pm EDT
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Navy seeks one more round of comments before releasing NGEN RFP

The service released a second draft solicitation for the Next Generation Enterprise Network. Industry has until March 30 to comment.

Tags: technology , DoD , NGEN , Shawn Hendricks , contracting , industry , NMCI , Jason Miller , Federal Drive , DoD Update

Friday - 03/16/2012, 07:12pm EDT
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