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Jared Serbu Reports

Jared Serbu covers the Department of Defense for Federal News Radio. Jared's reports can be heard Monday - Friday on the Federal Drive and In Depth.

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Pentagon's new version of Better Buying Power focuses on ‘technical excellence'

The latest blueprint to improve DoD's acquisition process will try to help the military achieve game-changing end products and spend less time on the business end of the acquisition system. Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said the strategy remains in draft form while DoD gathers feedback from a variety of experts.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 05:19am EDT
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Intel agencies push shared IT services from concept to reality

After two years of planning and pilot programs, the intelligence community says its plan to integrate the IT systems of its 17 agencies is moving forward toward large-scale adoption.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:38am EDT
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Army, Air Force reach first milestone in shared cybersecurity system

The Army and Air Force are using a shared network security infrastructure at Joint Base San Antonio as of Sept. 14. It's a major step toward the Defense Department's goal of moving base-level cybersecurity operations to a more defensible, centrally-managed architecture.

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 05:01am EDT
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On DoD: Vice Adm. Bill Moran, Chief of Naval Personnel

On this week's show, a deep dive into military personnel management within the Navy. Our guest for the full hour is Vice Adm. Bill Moran, the Chief of Naval Personnel.

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 05:37pm EDT
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Air Force needs more strategic planning to meet budget constraints

The Air Force can't afford the programs it thinks it will need over the next decade. The service's top officer says it's time to reexamine priorities, with a realistic view of the funding it will get from Congress.

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:34am EDT
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On DoD: Army looks to consolidate stovepiped training systems

On this week's edition of On DoD, we get a preview of the forthcoming Army Training Information System (ATIS).

Monday - 09/15/2014, 12:20pm EDT
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DoD broadens its horizons on benefits of new electronic health record system

The Pentagon has been thinking about how to upgrade and replace its electronic health record system for a very long time. But in the eight years that have passed since those discussions began in earnest, much has changed in terms of the capabilities of commercial EHR systems.

Friday - 09/12/2014, 05:58pm EDT

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Army stands up first-of-its-kind cyber brigade

"Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook" is a biweekly feature focused on news about the Defense Department and defense community, as gathered by Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu. In this week's notebook, Sgt. Maj. Rodney Harris, Army Cyber Command's senior enlisted adviser said the Army's new dedicated career branch for cyber specialties could be up and running as soon as October

Friday - 09/12/2014, 05:41pm EDT

DHS S&T chief plans for more relevant research, better employee morale

Dr. Reginald Brothers, the new Homeland Security Department undersecretary for science and technology, wants to revamp DHS' S&T portfolio by making its research projects more relevant to end users, building more connective tissue between headquarters and DHS components and rebuilding workforce morale.

Friday - 09/12/2014, 04:11am EDT
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Navy on schedule for full transition to NGEN contract at end of this month

After years of acquisition planning, bid protests and then eventually a rolling process of migrating users from one contract to another, the Navy says all of its users will have moved to its new NGEN contract by the end of this month.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 01:19pm EDT
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VA scheduling investigation finds misconduct in dozens of facilities

During an ongoing Veterans Affairs inspector general investigation, more than a dozen VA officials lied to investigators. Given what officials have learned so far, the practices that raised alarms in Phoenix are pervasive throughout the Veterans Health Administration.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 04:52am EDT
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New VA secretary promises flatter, more open organization

Robert McDonald, the new secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department, says the biggest thing he's learned over his first seven weeks on the job is that the organization he leads is too hierarchical and too insular. He's promising to build a "flatter" VA that encourages dissent.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 03:56am EDT
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DoD targets service contracts, small procurements to boost competition rate

The Pentagon issued a handful of directives in August designed to reverse the trend in its contract competition rate, which has slipped from 64 percent in 2008 to 56.5 percent in the third quarter of 2014. A preliminary analysis shows most of the opportunity for improvement is in service contracting.

Monday - 09/08/2014, 04:46am EDT

DHA plans ‘gates' to qualify vendors for $20 bil IDIQ contract

The Defense Health Agency is conducting market research in advance of a planned RFP for a 10-year, $20 billion IT services and support contract. It's possible that vendors will be added to the contract without a formal source selection process.

Friday - 09/05/2014, 11:36am EDT
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DoD says it must deal with its shrinking technology advantage

The U.S. and its allies have dominated the military technology landscape for decades, but the Defense Department now sees potential adversaries in its rearview mirror. The Pentagon is coming up with some coping strategies to maintain its technological advantage, including version 3 of Better Buying Power.

Thursday - 09/04/2014, 04:13am EDT
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National Guard carves out its slice of DoD cyber mission, wants teams in every state

Both the Army and Air National Guard say they are making inroads toward gaining a foothold for their state-based forces in the Defense Department's growing mission sets in cyberspace. Both services say they are training more personnel and building the guard's credibility within the Pentagon when it comes to cyber missions.

Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 04:32am EDT
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On DoD: Navy strategic sourcing; acquisition workforce morale

On this week's edition of On DoD, we discuss strategic sourcing in the Navy, plus the current state of the financial management workforce in DoD.

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 12:57pm EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: DoD still slow to share medical records; New hiring initiative at VA; DISA's $12B IT contrac

In this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, Jared Serbu examines news and buzz in the Defense community that you might have missed including: DoD-VA medical record sharing still too slow; VA kicks off new drive to hire docs; DISA plans follow-on to Encore II contract

Friday - 08/29/2014, 06:47pm EDT

Air Force to bridge budget shortfalls by teaming with state, local governments

Air Force's new community partnership program looks to cut the costs of running bases by sharing operating and maintenance costs with the local communities in their neighborhoods.

Friday - 08/29/2014, 04:03am EDT
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Army tries to solve supply chain management problems with mobile apps

The Defense Department has a plan to get its supply chain management issues off of the Government Accountability Office's high risk list, but progress has been very slow. The Army has a plan to speed things up.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:53am EDT
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