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Charles Tiefer, Law Professor, University of Baltimore

A contracting loophole denies small businesses the chance to land subcontracting opportunities with the Defense Department. The Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program removes the requirement for prime DoD contractors to report their small business subcontracting plans. That leaves them without an incentive to meet their small business goals. Charles Tiefer is a law professor and contracting expert from the University of Baltimore. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said it's time to end the 25-year old test program.

Tags: Charles Tiefer , University of Baltimore , In Depth

Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:11pm EDT
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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.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , Better Buying Power , Frank Kendall , Stan Soloway , Jared Serbu

Monday - 09/22/2014, 05:19am EDT
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Army opens Ranger school to women

The Army is opening the door for women to go to Ranger school, in one of the first steps toward allowing women to begin moving into more grueling combat jobs.

Tags: Army , Ray Odierno , workforce

Saturday - 09/20/2014, 09:40am EDT

Navy looks to more interactive training for sailors to combat sexual assaults

A heightened focus of the training will be on bystander intervention, which Navy leaders believe is a major component to stemming the tide of sexual assaults that have flummoxed military officials for years.

Tags: Navy , sexual assault , workforce

Saturday - 09/20/2014, 03:30pm EDT

The DHA and DoD healthcare delivery

How is the Defense Health Agency changing the way DoD delivers healthcare? What are some of the key challenges faced in restructuring such a complex system? How is DHA transforming its health information technology portfolio? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with LTG Douglas Robb, Director, Defense Health Agency.

Tags: IBM Center for the Business of Government , Business of Government Hour , Michael Keegan , Douglas Robb , DHA ,

Friday - 08/08/2014, 05:25pm 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.

Tags: ODNI , ICITE , technology , Al Tarasiuk , David White , shared services , Jared Serbu

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.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Army , Air Force , Michael Krieger , Douglas Wiltsie , John Morrison , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 05:01am EDT
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At 67, Air Force in good shape, but faces some uncertainty, James says

After eight months on the job, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin that even though the service is in good shape, it still faces uncertainty around its budget, overseas operations and readiness.

Tags: Deborah Lee James , Air Force , budget , readiness , Islamic State , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:10pm EDT
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Chinese military hackers busted

The Associated Press is reporting that China's military hacked into computer networks of civilian transportation companies hired by the Pentagon at least nine times. They broke into computers aboard a commercial ship, targeting logistics companies and uploading malicious software onto an airline's computers. A year-long investigation by the Senate Armed Services Committee identified at least 20 break-ins or other unspecified cyber events targeting companies.

Tags: Chinese military , hackers , Senate Armed Services Committee , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 05:54pm EDT

Gen. Anthony Zinni, Former Commander-in-Chief, CENTCOM

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates called diplomacy and development "soft power" that could be a powerful force multiplier for the military. Experts on all sides of the debate agree with that assessment, and they are writing about how to use that soft power to the advantage of the United States. Gen. Tony Zinni is former commander in chief of CENTCOM, and former special envoy to the Middle East. His new book is Before the First Shots are Fired: How America Can Win or Lose Off the Battlefield. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the integration of military, diplomatic, and developmental operations.

Tags: Anthony Zinni , CENTCOM , In Depth

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:08pm EDT
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