Defense

  • New White House guidance calls for agencies to submit data feeds to OMB\'s Cyberscope tool. Federal CIO Vivek Kundra hopes the information will give agencies a better idea of vulnerabilities and threats to computer networks. Agencies may have to shift money away from traditional reports to upgrade systems to meet new FISMA requirements.

    April 22, 2010
  • Six years ago all sorts of people were fighting to prevent the National Security Personnel System from being implemented. Now, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey notes some people are saying that it worked well and is being buried prematurely.

    April 22, 2010
  • The Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan wants to know how the Army is doing in administering services contracts.

    April 21, 2010
  • WFED\'s Max Cacas reports.

    April 21, 2010
  • The House Armed Services Committee has given unanimous approval to a bill that would mandate sweeping reforms of the Pentagon\'s non-weapons system contracting and acquisitions programs. The bill, HR 5013, enjoys broad bi-partisan support and is being fast-tracked for a possible vote as early as next week.

    April 21, 2010
  • The Navy may be changing its name soon from the Department of the Navy to the Department of the Navy and the Marine Corps. Jodi Schneider, Senior Editor in the Washington Bureau of the American Banker, has details on this an what else is moving on the Hill.

    April 21, 2010
  • Building a TSP account worth a million dollars or more is not rocket science according to Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. He\'s got the three-step formula which he outlines in today\'s column.

    April 21, 2010
  • Nominee says a cyber war in and of itself would not exist, but more likely would be a part of a larger military campaign.

    April 20, 2010
  • EADS North America announced on Tuesday that it plans to bid on the U.S. Air Force\'s tanker modernization program.

    April 20, 2010
  • Committee Chairman Ike Skelton says fixing the acquisition system at the Department of Defense is a bipartisan goal.

    April 19, 2010
  • The U.S. Military\'s unmanned aerial technology is becoming the envy of other nations. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has confirmed several allied nations...including Britain, Canada, Spain, Japan and South Korea... have all expressed interest in drone technology. Each branch of the military has different uses for U-A-V\'s or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Rear Admiral Terry Kraft says the drones capabilities in persistence and covertness are particularly impressive. And, he says, unmanned Systems will be included in the Navy\'s 2011 budget and beyond. They\'re in the process of introducing several new systems now, including the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System (or BAMS), the Navy version of the Global Hawk. In 2012, the Navy anticipates a breakthrough development when they land an unmanned tail-less aircraft onboard an aircraft carrier.

    April 19, 2010
  • Value Engineering (VE) is a function analysis process to identify actions that reduce cost, increase quality, and improve mission capabilities across the entire DoD enterprise. Nick Torelli, Deputy Director for Mission Assurance tells us about what it takes to be a winner.

    April 19, 2010
  • My countdown of the three biggest news stories of the week, as chosen by experts on the Federal government

    April 16, 2010
  • As the Navy considers fielding a stealthy unmanned combat aircraft as part of a carrier strike group as early as 2018, the rest of the world wants UAVs too! We get an update from the Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Capabilities for the Navy, Rear Admiral Terry Kraft

    April 16, 2010

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