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NDU course targets common mistakes in IT project management

National Defense University's iCollege professor Andy Gravatt explains the lessons on his course syllabus, from communication to risk management.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Andy Gravatt , National Defense University , Technology , management , project management , IT , Jolie Lee

Wednesday - 11/17/2010, 11:47am EST

DoD's changing acquisition tactics previewed

Ashton Carter, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, described the future state of military contracting. He said vendors should look at several current examples including the Littoral Combat Ship and the replacement for the Ohio Class Submarine.

Tags: Industry , Ashton Carter , DoD , Center for American Progress , efficiency initiatives , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 11/17/2010, 06:53am EST

Zakheim: better acquisition workforce requires more money

To save money in contracting, DoD will have to spend money to build the acquisition workforce, former DoD Comptroller Dov Zakheim said.

Tags: Pentagon Solutions , In Depth , Francis Rose , DoD , Dov Zakheim , budget , Training , Robert Gates

Tuesday - 11/16/2010, 07:10pm EST

LMI's Weiss discusses Lifetime Achievement Award

Paul Weiss, Senior Director of Program Development, LMI was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Excellence in Partnership Awards. Host Larry Allen discusses the award and Weiss's career with the man himself.
November 16, 2010

Tags: Paul Weiss , LMI , Excellence in Partnership Awards , Coalition for Government Procurement , Larry Allen , Off the Shelf ,

Tuesday - 11/16/2010, 02:37pm EST

Iraq Breaks Deadlock on Forming New Government

Iraqi politicians recently made progress in breaking the political deadlock that had prevented formation of a government, despite a walkout by the Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc. Parliament has reappointed Jalal Talabani as President and elected a Sunni Arab from the Iraqiya bloc as Speaker of Parliament. Talabani re-appointed Nuri al Maliki as Prime Minister, enabling him to begin selecting a cabinet. Some commentators have asserted a new government will help reduce sectarian violence. None have explained how that is likely to occur since the Sunni-backed party obtained no strong power position in the new political arrangement despite winning a plurality in the March elections.

Tags: KGS , NightWatch , John McCreary

Tuesday - 11/16/2010, 12:55pm EST

Survey: Acquisition policy doesn't translate

A new survey from the Professional Services Council and Grant Thornton finds contracting officers don't always find new guidance helpful in how they do their job. Acquisition workers also say too much oversight is causing innovation to be muted.

Tags: OFPP , OMB , Stan Soloway , Lew Crenshaw , PSC , Grant Thornton , time and materials contracts , high risk contracts , Recovery Act contracting , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 11/16/2010, 06:21am EST

Social media in the federal government

How is the federal government using social media? Host Mark Amtower interviews Marc Hausman, CEO & president of the Strategic Communications Group.
November 15, 2010

Tags: social media , Marc Hausman , Strategic Communications Group , Facebook , Twitter , YouTube , Mark Amtower , Amtower Off Center

Monday - 11/15/2010, 02:28pm EST

Afghan Army Soldier Defects to Taliban

An Afghan national army soldier recently fired on foreign troops at a military compound in Sangin district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, after which he sought refuge with the Taliban. A Taliban spokesman said they took him to a safe location. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force's press office said it had received information about the incident and had launched an investigation to ascertain its veracity. The ISAF will release further details once the investigation is complete. As noted previously, defection to the Taliban can be contagious. If it takes root among the Pashtuns, it could become unstoppable.

Tags: KGS , NightWatch , John McCreary

Monday - 11/15/2010, 12:53pm EST

Corporate responsibility beyond the giant checks

L3 MPRI's Rick Kiernan explains the benefits both externally and internally for a company's involvement in their community.

Tags: L3 MPRI , Rick Kiernan , management , corporate responsibility , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jolie Lee

Monday - 11/15/2010, 03:34pm EST
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