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6:38 am, April 18, 2014

DoD News

Pentagon looks to build a bridge between military, intelligence IT consolidation efforts

DoD is collapsing its IT stovepipes into a common set of IT services, and the intelligence community is doing the same.

Friday - 04/18/2014, 04:18am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Intelligence Community is building a system of shared IT services for all 17 of the nation's intelligence agencies. The Pentagon is doing the same for the military services. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter, Jared Serbu has this report on DoD's plan to tie those two efforts together.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 06:20pm EDT
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Dov Zakheim, Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies

The Defense Department could look a lot different if sequestration continues past fiscal 2015. DoD would invest $66 billion less in procurement and research and cut 17 joint strike fighters. The Air Force would drop its entire fleet of KC-10 tankers. The Navy would sideline six destroyers. In Depth with Francis Rose asked Dov Zakheim, senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and former Defense Department Comptroller, if the new Pentagon report is a serious strategy document or a scare tactic.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 05:58pm EDT
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Biden promotes GI Bill website

Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is promoting a new website called the GI Bill Comparison Tool designed to make it easier for service members, veterans, their spouses and dependents to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at thousands of schools and job training programs. "In just a couple easy steps they can figure everything out," she told The Associated Press Wednesday. She said using the website, service members can estimate tuition and fees, housing allowances and book stipends for each school.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 08:36am EDT

Air Force presses vendors to tackle supply chain costs

In a budget environment in which cost overruns are very likely to lead to canceled programs, the Air Force says it's pressing it prime vendors to remove any costs they possibly can from their subcontracted supplier base.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 04:07am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force is making a new push to lower the prices of its acquisition programs by asking contractors to scrub their supply chains for unnecessary costs. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports the service thinks it's made some progress, but that it's still paying more than it should.

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 05:31pm EDT
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Russell Rumbaugh, Senior Associate, Stimson Center

More than $1 trillion in sequestration-related cuts could put national security at risk. That's what the Defense Department argues. The Pentagon's report describes what DoD could look like if sequestration continues past fiscal 2015. Russell Rumbaugh, director of budgeting for foreign affairs and defense and senior associate at the Stimson Center, joined Francis Rose for Pentagon Solutions.

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 05:27pm EDT
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John Adams, Defense Acquisition University

The Defense Department is looking at programs to cut back or kill because of budget pressures. When you get the work to terminate your program, you don't just stop. The Defense Acquisition University's Smart Shutdown guide book tells you how to shut down the right way. John Adams, director of the specialty engineering education and training program and professor of acquisition program management and systems engineering at the Defense Acquisition University, was Francis Rose's guest on Pentagon Solutions.

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 05:17pm EDT
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CIA clarifies Brennan's Ukraine visit

With all the misinformation flying around about what's happening in Ukraine, the CIA is disconnecting Director John Brennan's weekend visit to Kiev from the crackdown in eastern Ukraine. "The claim that Director Brennan encouraged Ukrainian authorities to conduct tactical operations inside Ukraine is completely false. Like other senior U.S. officials, Director Brennan strongly believes that a diplomatic solution is the only way to resolve the crisis between Russia and Ukraine," said a CIA spokesperson in a statement.

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 08:41am EDT

Intel agencies ready to start deploying shared IT systems

After two years of planning, the intelligence community is ready to start deploying the set of common IT services that make up the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise (ICITE).

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 03:54am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says it's time to start deploying the project known as ICITE, a common IT environment for the entire intelligence community. More details from Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu.

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 05:15pm EDT
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Guy Timberlake, American Small Business Coalition

Defense Department contracting officials are under orders now to double check prices on the General Services Administration's Federal Supply Schedule. DoD says the GSA Schedule doesn't always have the best price possible. Guy Timberlake, chief visionary and chief executive officer at the American Small Business Coalition, writes about it in this week's Gov-Con newsletter. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose "one size fits all" may not apply to your agency's contracting policy.

Monday - 04/14/2014, 06:12pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

"Efficiency and Effectiveness" we hear that phrase all the time in government. At the Defense Department, it's taking on a new meaning. DoD can no longer spend more of its time worrying about the effectiveness of its acquisition programs at the expense of efficiency. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller explained to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how DoD is addressing its long muted focus on efficient buying. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 09:32am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

In the years that followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks, federal agencies made it a priority to create an integrated intelligence community. But one of the IC's top leaders says it's time to move to a new model, from "Integrated Intelligence" to "Immersive Intelligence." Letitia Long, director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, previewed some of the agency's priorities in a conversation with Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu. Long will offer more details about NGA's plans at the annual GEOINT conference in Tampa next week.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 09:28am EDT
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Fired nuke commander will retire at lower rank

Fired two-star general who commanded Air Force nuke missile corps will retire at lower rank

Friday - 04/11/2014, 05:00am EDT

DoD's latest efficiency push revolves around service contracting

A group of functional domain experts are reaching out to the military services and agencies to look at service contracting spending across 12 areas. The Defense Department's goal is to use strategic sourcing to improve how it buys in these categories. The Army created a governance board to bring together all stakeholders during specific points of the acquisition process to find opportunities to collaborate.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 04:25am EDT

Former Marine convicted of murder, could face death penalty

An ex-Marine was convicted of first-degree murder Tuesday. He is already serving a life sentence for previous crimes and could face execution.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 03:55am EDT

Influential African-American women write to Hagel

Sixteen black female members of Congress are pushing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to change Army regulations that ban hairstyles frequently worn by minority women in the military. The Associated Press reports the members of the Congressional Black Caucus signed a letter Thursday to Hagel, stating that the changes are "discriminatory rules targeting soldiers who are women of color." They say that references in the rules calling hairstyles worn mostly by black women "unkempt" and "matted" are offensive and show a lack of "cultural sensitivity."

Friday - 04/11/2014, 02:00am EDT

Navy looks to overhaul acquisition processes for aviation systems

The Naval Air Systems Command's acquisition practices are laden with so much unnecessary costs that its commander worries about its ability to meet its mission to the fleet a few years from now. NAVAIR's commander said it's time to rethink the way it engages the acquisition system and with industry.

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 04:55am EDT
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DHA builds a healthier DoD workforce through shared services

From health records to rubber gloves, the Defense Health Agency is streamlining health care at the Pentagon. In this week's Agency of the Month radio show, host Lauren Larson speaks with Navy Capt. James Poindexter, acting division chief of Medical Logistics Shared Services, and Dave Bowen, director of health care IT and chief information officer at the Defense Health Agency.

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 03:31am EDT
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