Defense

  • Seeking to enable a single, lifetime electronic health record, the Veterans Affairs Department adopted a 10-digit identifier to be used from enlistment to death. VA\'s CIO, Roger Baker, talks with WFED\'s Scott Carr.

    August 12, 2010
  • Northern Virginia information-technology companies will help Arlington National Cemetery sort out bungled burial records, nudging it from index cards to computers. Bobbie Kilberg, President and CEO of the Northern Virginia Technology Council gives us the details

    August 12, 2010
  • Prudential challenged on payment of benefits, VA to track vets from enlistment to grave

    August 12, 2010
  • We get analysis from Lawrence Korb, former assistant secretary of defense.

    August 11, 2010
  • The Veterans Affairs Department will test its new paperless claims processing system starting in November.

    August 11, 2010
  • SECDEF Gates announced Monday his plan to move $100 billion in spending from back-office functions to war fighter needs.

    August 10, 2010
  • Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is recommending the elimination of the U.S. Joint Forces Command. That command is one of DoD\'s ten combatant commands and recently believed to play a key role in transforming the U.S. military\'s capabilities. Headquartered in Norfolk, Va., the command oversees a force of more than 1.16 million men and women. The command is comprised of active and reserve personnel from each branch of the armed forces, civil servants and contract employees. The commander oversees the command\'s four major mission areas: Joint Concept Development and Experimentation, Joint Training, Joint Capabilities Development, and Joint Force Provider.

    August 10, 2010
  • Virginia officials reacted with bipartisan dismay on Monday.

    August 10, 2010
  • Movement Projection is a map-routing app for road navigation that allows Soldiers to input obstacles and threats -- in addition to stops, start and end points -- and calculates the best and fastest route. App writer and winner in Apps for Army, Luke Catania, tells us about it.

    August 10, 2010
  • Agencies are accountable for how they\'re run - including improper payments. We learn about how Defense is tackling the issue from Mark Easton, the Deputy Chief Financial Officer at DoD

    August 10, 2010
  • Secretary Gates\' decision to cut three major offices will result in \"a substantial number\" of employees and contractors having to find new jobs. The CIO\'s functions will be split between DISA and ATL. DoD is moving major acquisition oversight to the chief management officer\'s office.

    August 10, 2010
  • The Pentagon and its coalition partners take to the Army base in Fort Huachuca, Ariz. to address actual data and communications problems found in Afghanistan. The exercise ensures U.S. systems can share data with the British, Canadian and other coalition partner systems.

    August 10, 2010
  • Pentagon officials also suggest to cut 10 percent of the contractor workforce by 2011. The proposal to eliminate JFCOM comes as the Defense Business Board outlines several areas where DoD can reduce its expenses.

    August 09, 2010
  • The Department of Energy has entered into an agreement with the Department of Defense to accelerate the development of clean energy technologies while enhancing national energy security. A Memorandum of Understanding between the agencies now covers energy efficiency and renewable energy. It calls for their collaboration on the use of alternative fuels, efficient transportation technologies and fueling infrastructure, grid security, use of the smart grid, energy storage, basic science research, and mobile/deployable power sources. It builds on existing cooperation between the Departments, and will broaden collaboration on clean energy technology research, development, and demonstration. The Defense Department aims to speed up the transfer of innovative energy and conservation technologies from the lab to use in the field. To that end, military installations are used as testing sites before such energy technologies are actually brought to the marketplace.

    August 09, 2010

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