Over the last two decades, the Army has made decisions to make its reserve forces ”operational” ones. The reserves participate in contingencies around the world even in peacetime, instead of having the Army only call them up in emergencies. But the chief of the Army Reserve says funding cuts are already beginning to relegate his force to the ”strategic” reserve of decades gone by. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.
Three out of 19 women that started the latest class of Army Ranger School yesterday have left the school. That’s compared to 78 out of 380 men. Eventually, women will make it through Ranger School, and that’s a good thing, according to retired Army Lt. General David Barno. He’s a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at American University’s School of International Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Barno explained the significance of Ranger School and why it’s important women are there.
The Army’s electronic warfare capabilities have been an important tool during the war in Iraq. They’ve taken a big evolutionary step with the new Electronic Warfare Planning and Management Tool. It’s designed to give soldiers more options in dealing with improvised explosive devices, and it won’t necessarily destroy local infrastructure when deployed. Col. Joseph Dupont, the Project Manager of the Electronic Warfare office, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the tool.
What are the U.S. Army’s key strategic and operational objectives? How is the Army restructuring its aviation portfolio? How is the Army using analytics to inform decision-making and resource allocation? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and so much more with Brigadier General John Ferrari, Director, Program Analysis and Evaluation, Office of the U.S. Army’s deputy chief of staff.
The Defense Department is creating a new commodity technology shared service provider to serve the Pentagon and other locations in the Washington, D.C. area. DoD will issue a memo in the coming weeks to merge the Army’s IT agency and other IT service providers into the Defense Information System Agency. In his biweekly feature, ”Inside the Reporter’s Notebook,” executive editor Jason Miller has exclusive details of this new shared services set up. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review them.
The Defense Department is creating a single shared-services office for all commodity information technology for the Washington metro area and placing it under the Defense Information Systems Agency.
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.
By KEN DILANIAN AP Intelligence Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Special operations troops heading to war zones are asking for commercial intelligence analysis software they say will help their missions. But their requests are languishing, and…
In our latest online chat, Doug Wiltsie, head of the Army’s Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems, discusses budget pressures, the move to agile development, acquisition innovation and cyber, among other topics.
When the Obama administration released its 2016 budget request last month, it left some areas sort of blank. Case in point: The IT spending details for the Navy and Army, two of the biggest technology spenders in the government. Bloomberg Government analysts raided the IT dashboard this month to find some of the missing data. Bloomberg quantitative analyst Jesse Holler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a clearer picture of Army and Navy IT plans.
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.
As one of the military’s highest-ranking women and its first openly gay general, Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith, has a busy speaking calendar, especially around this time of year. It’s women’s history month. Smith is the deputy chief of staff of the Army Reserve, which prides itself on having women in 95 percent of its occupations. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp asked Smith whether she thought the Army Reserve was more welcoming to women than other parts of the military.
Two priorities shape the way the United States Army will drive its business: Warfighting and enterprise information environment mission areas. Those priorities are more important in an Army where human power, and budget, is getting smaller. Doug Wiltsie is program executive officer for Enterprise Information Systems for the Army. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Doug laid out three priorities for 2015 and he says the first one is uninterrupted capability delivery.
You might remember Charla Nash. She’s the woman who was horribly disfigured when attacked by a friend’s pet chimpanzee back in 2009. The Pentagon has been closely watching her long recovery. More than watching, actually. The Army has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars of Nash’s medical bills. The hope is Nash’s ordeal can help the military learn to care for disfigured soldiers returning from war. Dr. Wendy Dean, a medical advisor in the Army’s Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine Program Management Office, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the effort and what the military hopes to learn.