Defense

  • The 10-year saga of the Air Force to award a contract for new aerial refueling tankers ended a year ago. That\'s when Boeing got the final nod. Federal Drive gets a progress report from Boeing on the tanker program.

    March 26, 2012
  • Naval Facilities Engineering Command opened the first of three planned stations that pump E-85, a fuel made up mostly of ethanol. The Navy Secretary said he wants the service to cut is use of petroleum fuel by 50 percent and set a deadline of 2015.

    March 26, 2012
  • Military services still struggle to track hazing incidents, but insist incidents that harm or demean servicemembers won\'t be tolerated.

    March 26, 2012
  • The Air Force is hoping the third time will be the charm in its efforts to trim its civilian workforce, announcing Friday a third round of buyouts and early retirements. The service plans to begin offering Voluntary Early Retirements and Voluntary Separation Incentive Payments beginning May 1. Applications will be due by May 14 and those approved will need to leave federal service by Aug. 31.

    March 23, 2012
  • The Defense Department has identified four ways it wants to cut health-care costs and increase the quality of its care. Assistant Secretary of Defense for health affairs Dr. Jonathon Woodson told the House Armed Services Committee it wants to reorganize the Military Health System.

    March 23, 2012
  • Staying ahead of evolving cyber threats means developing technology and people, according to several defense officials testifying to the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on emerging threats and capabilities.

    March 23, 2012
  • France suspend all security involvement with Mali following a military coup and appealed for the restoration of the constitutional order in the poor West African country. Drunken soldiers have been looting the presidential palace since they declared a coup soldiers and suspended the constitutions in Mali, one of the few established democracies in that region of Africa. There\'s no firm word on the whereabouts of the country\'s president who had been just one month away from stepping down after a decade in office.

    March 23, 2012
  • The Government Accountability Office says that even while the Army has made some strides toward improving its pay practices, the service is a long way off from the kind of data integrity independent experts would need to see in order to green light the systems as audit-ready.

    March 23, 2012
  • The military\'s chief information officer, Teri Takai, said after the Army completes its migration to DISA\'s email-as-a-service, the Air Force will be next. She said the Navy also is in discussions to move to the cloud. DoD soon will release a new cloud computing strategy and standards guide for industry. March 22, 2012(Encore presentation April 19, 2012)

    March 22, 2012
  • The Navy opened the doors last week on a new laboratory tasked with cutting-edge research on robotics and unmanned systems. And befitting the science-fiction-like focus of research, the Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research, located at the Naval Research Laboratory\'s main Washington, D.C.site, has its own state-of-the-art facilities.

    March 22, 2012
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded a previously-terminated e-health record contract to Harris Corporation.

    March 22, 2012
  • Deputy Chief Information Officer Mike Krieger wrote on the CIO\'s leadership blog that migrations resumed Monday after more than a two-month pause mandated by Congress.

    March 22, 2012
  • Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), chairwoman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voiced her opposition Wednesday to the Defense Department\'s latest BRAC request, effectively killing the measure.

    March 22, 2012
  • The Government Accountability Office will release a report this morning detailing problems with the Army\'s payroll system — challenges that threaten the Defense Department\'s ability to be audit-read

    March 22, 2012