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Fly Awake

A new Web-based program is helping military pilots and aircrews fight fatigue. Research has shown that as fatigue goes up, cognitive effectiveness goes down, and the risk of an accident increases exponentially. "We want to stop that before it even gets to the pilots," said a military spokesperson. The Fly Awake or Work Awake program allows flyers and their schedulers to add crew members to flight and schedule rest times based needs of the mission and the crew to avoid fatigue and accidents.

Tags: management , military

Friday - 05/22/2009, 01:40pm EDT

Gitmo Inmates

The questions about what to do with Gitmo inmates continue. The Senate voted overwhelmingly to block transfer of any of the 240 inmates to the U.S., and refused to pay the $80 million it would cost the Pentagon and Justice Department to close the facility. The administration wants to shut it down, but FBI Director Robert Mueller told Congress that bringing the detainees to the U.S. could pose risks, including the possibility they might radicalize other inmates.

Tags: management , GITMO , Justice Department , FBI , Robert Mueller

Thursday - 05/21/2009, 11:50am EDT

Gridlock in the Air

Tags: contracting , DoD , acquisition , tankers , Jacques Gansler ,

Monday - 04/06/2009, 10:28am EDT
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Deputy Defense Secretary Bill Lynn claims cybersecurity "depends on" acquisition reform

Lynn also says, about the QDR, "People look for any sign of decision, like smoke from the Vatican chimney."

Tags: contracting , management , technology , cybersecurity , Congress , defense , DoD , defense department , William Lynn

Monday - 12/07/2009, 06:36pm EST

How to make your building renovation effective

Our first ever Federal News Radio Discussion features Sajeel Ahmed, Director of the Pentagon Renovation & Construction Program Office; Tim Vigotsky, former Director of the National Business Center at the Interior Department; and Charles Matta, Director for Strategic Programs in the General Services Administration's Public Buildings Service. All are experts on the subject of building renovation and IT transformation.

Tags: Federal Drive , technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , modernization , Sajeel Ahmed , Tim Vigotsky , Charles Matta , DoD , DOI , GSA , Kelly, Anderson & Associates , Suzanne Kubota

Wednesday - 06/30/2010, 11:00am EDT
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Iraq Comes to Washington

There are some Iraqi Police and Military officials in town. They are here for training with the FBI and U.S. agencies and military officials. U.S. Army sources say the FBI training is designed to teach Iraqi police forensics skills, evidentiary proceedings and better police skills. Iraqi military officials are also here for training and will be meeting with U.S. military officials and other unnamed U.S. agencies. Iraq is preparing for the departing of U.S troops in 2011 and need to improve police and military capabilities.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , J.J. Green , FBI , Army , Iraq

Thursday - 03/25/2010, 06:41pm EDT

Moran resolute in his support of federal workers

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) will introduce a Congressional Resolution today stating that federal employees are entitled to, and should come to expect, a reasonable degree of personal safety and security on the job.

Tags: P&B , Congressional Spotlight , Congress , federal workplace safety , Jim Moran , IRS ,

Tuesday - 03/16/2010, 11:08am EDT
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Missile Plan Approved

Romania's defense department has approved a U.S. plan to deploy interceptor missiles there as part of a missile shield to protect Europe. A State Department spokesman said the facilities were due to become operational by 2015 and were aimed at defending against "current and emerging ballistic missile threats from Iran."The announcement is part of the revamped U.S. missile defense approach to take the place of a scuttled plan for a radar site and interceptor rockets in the Czech Republic and Poland.

Tags: technology , Missle , Romania , Czech Republic , Poland , Iran , State Department

Friday - 02/05/2010, 11:08am EST

DARPA is Moving

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, aka DARPA, is moving. The agency that brought us the Internet broke ground on new place in Arlington County, just a few miles from the Pentagon. The state of Virginia approved a $10 million state grant to keep them from leaving. DARPA is generally credited with building the precursor to the Internet 40 years ago. DARPA is currently developing new warfare concepts and technologies that help soldiers train, operate and communicate in urban settings while reducing casualties.

Tags: technology , DARPA , Virginia , Warfare

Thursday - 10/29/2009, 11:25am EDT
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