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9:23 pm, October 20, 2014

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.

Report: Sequestration slashed DoD contract spending by 16 percent in 2013

Analysis by the Center for Strategic and International Studies shows R&D took the biggest hit, dropping by 21 percent in a single year. But payments to large firms and spending on large contracts got some degree of protection.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 08:32am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Congress has repeatedly tried to eliminate the problem of defense acquisition programs that cost more than they're supposed to and take too long to deliver. After several decades of attempts, it might be time to admit that lawmakers can't solve all of the Pentagon's purchasing problems. As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu explains.

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 10:15am EDT
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After decades of DoD acquisition reform, Congress has yet to tackle cultural issues

Big programs at DoD continue to overspend their budgets and blow past their schedules because of unrealistic requirements and rosy cost projections. As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, several acquisition experts pointed out that DoD acquisition is one of the most studied problems in the history of government.

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 04:52am EDT
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Army looking past push-ups, math scores to fill its future ranks

For now, push-ups and math scores are the main methods the Army uses to screen potential recruits. But officials say they are studying measures that take a "whole person" approach identifying future soldiers.

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 07:20am EDT

Army aims for complex battlefield simulations in real-time, via smartphones

As part of a project dubbed Command Post 2025, the Army wants to begin running complex modeling and simulation programs on the battlefield, using low-power devices in austere conditions.

Friday - 10/10/2014, 05:12am EDT

DoD, DHS push 'fly before you buy' approach to acquisition

The Defense and Homeland Security departments both say they are putting their programs on a path that will insist that technologies are rigorously tested before they commit to expensive acquisition strategies.

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 04:19am EDT

Review finds Military Health System has no systemic problems

A Pentagon review of the military's health facilities concluded the quality of DoD's medical system is generally in line with what's offered by private sector providers. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said "average" is not good enough.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 03:44am EDT

On DoD: John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

On this week's On DoD, John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, says the role of an IG is to effectuate change. In his words, "If it's worth publishing, it's worth publicizing."

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 03:00pm EDT

Congressional resistance to cost-cutting opens $70B hole in DoD budget

The Pentagon will begin a new fiscal year under yet another continuing resolution. When a budget finally is passed, Defense Department officials expect Congress to reject a significant number of proposals to cut DoD's own costs.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 03:53am EDT
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Army will spend up to $7.2 billion on consolidation of its intelligence contracts

The Army's Intelligence and National Security Command made awards to 21 firms under an indefinite-delivery contract called Global Intelligence Support Services. This story is part of Jared Serbu's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:45am EDT

Better Buying Power 3.0 doesn't mention LPTA contracts, but DoD says it remains ‘aware' of industry concerns

Careful observers of last week's rollout of Better Buying Power 3.0 - the "technological superiority" edition of the Pentagon's ongoing acquisition improvement program - will have noticed that there was no mention this time around of Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) contracts. This story is part of Jared Serbu's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:37am EDT

Halvorsen wants more discrete deliverables on path to JIE

This week's Q&A between reporters and Halvorsen -- the first in what he promised will be quarterly chats with the press -- also included a fair amount of discussion about his overall management approach in the CIO position. This story is part of Jared Serbu's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:29am EDT

Pentagon sees big savings in cutting duplicate databases

IT officials in DoD and within the military services have made no secret of the fact that they have many of examples of overlapping systems with duplicate data, and identifying an authoritative data source is often quite difficult. This post is part of Jared Serbu's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook feature.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:25am EDT

DoD to propose stricter lending protections for military members

The Defense Department is set to propose tighter rules that it says would close several loopholes in current regulations that are designed to protect service members from predatory lenders. This story is part of Jared Serbu's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:17am EDT

Army's new cyber center aims to build top-notch cyber forces, not ‘exquisite stovepipes'

The leader of the Army's new Cyber Center of Excellence says his job is not merely to build the cyber workforce, but to integrate that up-and-coming capability with the Army's existing signals and intelligence disciplines.

Friday - 09/26/2014, 02:41pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Cyber operations is about the only area of the DoD budget that hasn't been subject to cuts. But the new leader of the Army's Cyber Center of Excellence says that doesn't mean the Army can grow its newest military discipline in isolation. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 04:20pm EDT
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Despite new EHR system, DoD faces big data interoperability challenges

The Defense Department says its forthcoming purchase of a commercial-off-the-shelf electronic health record system is the best way to bring it into line with modern health IT practices and make its data more interoperable. But even after the system is deployed, DoD will be living with legacy data and paper records for years to come.

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 01:21pm EDT
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DoD upends its strategy for buying commercial cloud services

A forthcoming Pentagon plan will let military departments chart their cloud procurement strategies, as long as they provide detailed data to the Pentagon and each other.

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 04:54am 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.

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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