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6:12 pm, April 19, 2015

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.

Pentagon disputes study finding lower vaccination rates for military kids

New research suggests military children are more likely to be under-immunized against preventable disease than the public at large. Defense officials dispute the findings, saying seemingly-low vaccination rates are due in part to shortcomings in data collection.

Friday - 04/17/2015, 11:30am EDT
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Congress deals with 'ultimate catch-22' on funding for VA's $1.7 billion Denver hospital

VA told Congress Wednesday that it wants to complete construction on its controversial hospital complex in Aurora, Colorado, by tapping into a fund that was supposed to cut down on patient wait times. Some members of Congress expressed frustration with the plan. "You've put us in the ultimate catch-22, because we don't want to go forward and we can't quit," Rep. David Roe told VA officials at yesterday's hearing.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:40am EDT
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Marine Corps building its first-ever cyber doctrine

Marine Corps leaders say the forthcoming policy will emphasize commanders' responsibility to understand cyberspace, build it into their operational plans, and integrate it with existing concepts for electronic warfare.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 03:59am EDT
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DoD promises to balance push for open architectures with companies' property rights

Pentagon is studying its existing use of open systems in preparation for a final report, due at the end of the year, on how to expand them. Officials insist they're not interested in wiping out Defense firms' proprietary systems, but they need to own the data links between them.

Monday - 04/13/2015, 03:42am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

As part of the Pentagon's newly-unveiled Better Buying Power 3.0, officials say they're planning a concerted push for more open architectures - and owning the data rights to acquisition systems where it's appropriate. But DoD is trying to reassure companies that doesn't mean it will try to demand ownership of its most valued proprietary technology. More details from Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 05:12pm EDT
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DoD's Better Buying Power 3.0 raises cyber as a core acquisition concern

The Defense Department published a 3.0 version of its Better Buying Power program Thursday, saying the overall plan represents "more continuity than change." But there have been shifts in emphasis over the initiative's five-year lifespan, including a new focus on cybersecurity.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 04:44am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department released Thursday its update to Better Buying Power. It includes marching orders to the acquisition community on how to recreate a technology gap between the United States and other countries. DoD officials worry the militaries of other nations are quickly closing that gap. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the 3.0 version of Better Buying Power includes a new emphasis on cybersecurity.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:56pm EDT
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Army deploying warfighting version of in-flight Wi-Fi

Within weeks, the Army says it will deploy systems that, for the first time, will give commanders access to the systems they need for mission command and planning, while they and their troops are airborne.

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 12:55pm EDT
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With or without BRAC, DoD's footprint is shrinking

In the absence of congressional authorization for another BRAC round, the Pentagon contemplates "alternative options" for base closure. Meanwhile, defense communities see fewer personnel spread across the same number of bases.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 04:27am EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Congress watches over military voting, Air Force staff cuts

In this edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has asked the GAO to review the Federal Voting Assistance Program, the DoD office in charge of helping military members and civilians living abroad cast their ballots. Plus, Sen. John McCain, sends a letter to the Air Force accusing it of engaging in a shell game with its workforce.

Monday - 04/06/2015, 03:50am EDT

Air Force charges new cyber task force with looking for threats in core missions

Task Force Cyber Secure will attempt to apply the same degree of rigor and oversight DoD uses for its computing networks to everything else that's vulnerable to cyber threats, including weapons systems and industrial control systems. The Air Force is following in the footsteps of the Navy to ensure cybersecurity is everyone's responsibility.

Friday - 04/03/2015, 03:44am EDT
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IRS declares enough is enough for hiring freezes

The Internal Revenue Service has frozen or severely restricted all new hiring for the past several years in response to budget cuts. But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told senior agency officials to lift the freeze next year.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 04:35am EDT
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Navy seeks data analytics to help overhaul personnel practices

The Department of the Navy plans to use one of the three projects in its Innovation Cell to create data analytics for talent management. The goal of the cell is to rapidly acquire commercial IT by involving industry early in the requirements process.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 03:51am EDT
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IG revokes decision on DoD's first clean audit

The Defense Department's inspector general has reversed its findings on the Marine Corps' 2012 schedule of budgetary activity, saying the clean opinion it first issued is no longer to be relied upon. The 2012 SBA had been the first successful financial audit for any of the military departments.

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 10:18am EDT
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Thornberry's first bite at DoD reform seeks to boost acquisition workforce, cut its paperwork

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said the acquisition proposals he will release on Wednesday are merely a discussion draft and he's actively seeking more input. Initial language would boost program managers' roles in the system and shave reporting requirements.

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 03:52am EDT
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On DoD: Navy launches ‘Innovation Cell' to speed IT acquisition

Navy officials plan an industry day to formally launch a new framework for IT procurement, designed to work within the existing acquisition system to much more rapidly insert commercial technologies into Navy networks.

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 03:24am EDT
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DoD personnel moves

The Defense Department is making key personnel changes.

Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:17am EDT

Retired generals, defense insiders named to panel on Army's future

At the end of last year, Congress ordered up a new commission to study the Army's future. We now know who will serve on that eight-member study panel.

Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:12am EDT

New high-level council will guide DoD's ‘neglected' electronic warfare programs

As part of its "third offset" strategy, the Pentagon says it needs a big focus on electronic warfare.

Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:04am EDT

Pentagon dipping its toe into BYOD

Terry Halvorsen, DoD's chief information officer, told reporters last week that he plans to conduct a limited bring-your-own-device pilot this summer.

Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:00am EDT
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