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11:17 am, October 31, 2014

DoD News

Feds, contractors confused by Ebola guidance

An agency denies a federal contractor access to its facility after learning that he's visited family in West Africa, in one sign of the confusion amid contradictory guidance from the White House, Pentagon and elsewhere.

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 03:04pm EDT

DoD to ramp up deployment of Apple, Android smartphones

The Defense Department, long beholden to BlackBerry as its main mobility solution, plans to increase its use of Apple and Android smartphones tenfold over the next year.

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 04:26am EDT
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Shawn Brimley, Executive Vice President, CNAS

Leadership at the top of the Defense Department believes the United States military is in danger of losing its technological edge over the rest of the world. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller reports the Defense Department is already trying to save money by changing its acquisition policies for major projects in the technology development phase. Shawn Brimley is executive vice president and director of studies at the Center for a New American Security, and co-director of the "Beyond Offset" project. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared ways the U.S. military can maintain its military edge.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:43pm EDT
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DOD asks leaders to grade RFPs earlier in acquisitions

Katrina McFarland, the assistant secretary of Defense for acquisition, said senior officials review solicitations before they get Milestone A approval to move into the technology development phase. This type of analysis had been missing previously or only done after it was too late.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:33am EDT
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Rich Ashooh, Director of Strategy, BAE Systems Electronics Solutions

For 50 years, the TechAmerica Foundation has presented a detailed forecast for Defense spending. It's one source of information contractors use to plan their marketing and sales efforts. This year's forecast team has shown one eternal truth. Pentagon budgets reflect more than just what military leaders say they need. They're buffeted by the economy and politics too. Rick Ashooh leads TechAmerica's DoD forecast team. He spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive at this year's Tech America Vision Conference.

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 09:38am EDT
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Gerry Robbins, DoD Business Development and Market Analyst

Armies run on food, fuel and information. That last part is why the Defense Department spends so much on information technology and services each year, and why contractors spend a lot of time reading the DoD tea leaves. Gerry Robbins is the team lead for this year's TechAmerica defense IT market forecast. He's spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive at the TechAmerica Foundation Vision Forecast Conference.

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 09:36am EDT
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DISA shops for expansion of its classified commercial smartphone service

The Defense Information Systems Agency is looking for a vendor that can support up to 2,000 smartphones that store and transmit classified data, part of DoD's gradual evolution beyond the SME-PED, a $3,000 handheld that only runs on 2G networks.

Monday - 10/27/2014, 10:47am EDT

Pentagon announces several policy changes to cut travel expenses

In one of DoD's more creative responses to sequestration, the department is turning to credit card perks as one way to offset its appropriations cuts. The military services have begun implementing policies that require both uniformed members and civilians to use government-issued travel cards to pay for all of the expenses they incur while they're moving to a new duty station.

Monday - 10/27/2014, 10:38am EDT

DoD tries to institutionalize gains on rapid acquisition, but much depends on workforce

Readers of Robert Gates' biography will remember that one of the former Defense secretary's biggest disappointments was how much effort and political capital he had to personally expend to get the DoD acquisition system to deliver results to the field when there was no clear constituency for a given program within the bureaucracy of the military services. But Andrew Hunter, the director of DoD's rapid acquisition cell says senior leaders have come to realize that they should be able to acquire urgent items quickly without the secretary of Defense having to effectively become the program manager.

Monday - 10/27/2014, 10:17am EDT

DoD declassifies its long-awaited joint doctrine for cyberspace operations

The new unclassified document doesn't give any indication of what had to be scrubbed in order to make the publication safe for public viewing, but in general, it's clear the department is trying to consolidate all of its thinking on cyber into one cohesive document. This article is part of this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

Monday - 10/27/2014, 10:00am EDT

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Declassifying cyber doctrine, institutionalizing rapid acquisition and credit card perks

In this edition of "Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook," the Pentagon declassifies its long-awaited joint doctrine for cyberspace operations; DoD tries to institutionalize gains on rapid acquisition, but much depends on the workforce; the Pentagon announces several policy changes to cut travel expenses; and DISA shops for expansion of its classified commercial smartphone service.

Monday - 10/27/2014, 04:18am EDT

Adele Ratcliff, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy

The Defense Department wants to maintain its technological advantage in warfare. To do so, it relies on the U.S. industrial base. Next month, DoD will launch a competition to develop a new Institute for Manufacturing. But not just any manufacturing, in this case the work will have to involve photonics. The awardee will receive $110 million to jump start the institute. Adele Ratcliff is director of Manufacturing Technology in DoD's Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the objective of the new institute.

Friday - 10/24/2014, 10:05am EDT
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US troops to remain in South Korea longer

The U.S. has kept combat forces on the Korean Peninsula since the Korean War fighting halted on July 27, 1953, with the signing of an armistice. There are still about 28,000 American troops based in the South. However for years the U.S. has tried to reduce South Korea dependence on the American military by setting a target date for the transfer of authority.

Friday - 10/24/2014, 09:24am EDT

Marine Corps weeks away from beta testing BYOD approach

The Marine Corps will begin a small scale pilot in the next several weeks to determine whether commercial-grade security containers on mobile devices can meet DoD's security demands. If it's successful, Marines envision a BYOD strategy that begins implementation as soon as next year.

Friday - 10/24/2014, 04:01am EDT
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Supplies for Kurds go astray

The Pentagon acknowledged on Wednesday that two bundles of military supplies for Kurdish fighters in Kobani went astray during an air drop earlier this week, with one destroyed later by an air strike and the other taken by Islamic State militants.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 10:25am EDT

Army changing its energy culture through better data

By the end of next year, the Army will install advanced electric meters at most of its large buildings, giving the service much more detailed data on how it uses energy than it's ever seen before.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 03:58am EDT
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Jerry Hendrix, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program, CNAS

The Pentagon launched 12 airstrikes against the Islamic State militants in Iraq during the last 24 hours. As Operation Inherent Resolve continues -- and becomes more expensive -- it highlights a need to develop more cost efficient military strategies. Retired Navy Capt. Jerry Hendrix is former Director of Naval History. Hendrix is now senior fellow and director of the new Defense Strategies and Assessments Program at the Center for a New American Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how the program will analyze and create new military strategies that emphasize cost effectiveness and innovation.

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 04:11pm EDT
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US spending on ISIL growing

How much has the U.S. spent on the campaign against Islamic State Group?

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 08:45am EDT

Army evolves its network integration process

The Army's network integration exercises will emphasize more lab testing and less integration during the NIE itself. Future NIEs will be biased toward programs of record, not off-the-shelf technologies.

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 04:01am EDT
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Officials: Woman at Pentagon doesn't have Ebola

Health officials say woman reported sick at Pentagon parking lot doesn't have Ebola

Friday - 10/17/2014, 07:40pm EDT
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