Army

  • Nora Bensahel, School of International Service, American University

    Defense Secretary Ash Carter has nominated senior officers to lead the Army and Navy. He recommends Adm. John Richardson to be the next chief of Naval operations, and Gen. Mark Milley to be the Army’s next chief of staff. Both now face Senate confirmation. What sorts of challenges will they face atop these military branches? Nora Bensahel, a distinguished scholar-in-residence at American University, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

  • Fort Knox becomes first U.S. base to generate its own electric supply

    The base made famous for its large gold vault is the first in the country to operate independently from the civilian power grid, thanks to generous supplies of natural gas directly beneath it. But officials say they wouldn’t have achieved the milestone without previous steps to invest in geothermal energy and other conservation measures.

  • The benefits of virtualization

    Greg Garcia, executive director of the U.S. Army Information Technology Agency will discuss the theory of virtualization and how your agency can benefit from it. May 5, 2015

  • Army Reserve says it risks losing status as ‘operational’ force

    Reductions to training and modernization funding are already beginning to jeopardize the Army Reserve’s place as an operational force within the Army, the reserve’s top officer warned Congress Wednesday, threatening his force’s ability to deploy in support of active duty troops.

  • Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

    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.

  • Gen. Barno: Female Army Rangers are coming, if not this year, someday

    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.

  • Col. Joseph Dupont, Project Manager, Electronic Warfare, U.S. Army

    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.

  • A Conversation with Brigadier General John G. Ferrari

    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.

  • Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

    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.

  • DoD to create single IT shared services office for DC region

    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.

  • 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.

  • AP Exclusive: Special ops troops using flawed intel software

    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…

  • Cyber, ERPs top Army PEO-EIS’ priority list

    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.

  • Jesse Holler, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

    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.