The Defense Department aims to spend $60 million in new procurements to sort out its data deluge. The Pentagon already spends $250 million annually on research projects under the heading of "big data."
The Army has released the implementation plan for how it will get its networked systems to a state it calls the \"common operating environment.\" The strategy is designed to phase out stovepiped systems and begin building technologies to a common set of open standards.
Even in the 21st century, it can still be awfully tough to vote in an election if you\'re thousands of miles from your local polling place. Making sure such voters can cast ballots in federal elections is the mission of the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), a Defense Department office that offers assistance not just to military personnel, but to any U.S. citizen who needs help casting a ballot from overseas.
Don Adcock, executive director of the Army Information Technology Agency, tells Federal News Radio\'s Jared Serbu about how the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks forced the Pentagon to start consolidating data centers long before the topic was on most agencies\' radar screens.
Michael Reheuser is the director of the Defense Privacy and Civil Liberties Office, that oversees the Defense Department\'s compliance with the Privacy Act, which has been largely unchanged since 1974.
The Army Reserve wants to make it easier for soldiers in the active component of the Army to make their way back and forth to the reserve components. To do it, the Reserve will raise its standards for those who continue to serve.
Declining budgets are a factor, but not the only factor in DoD\'s new strategic guidance. In this week\'s edition of On DoD, Pentagon spokesman George Little and Capt. John Kirby tell Federal News Radio the department would be implementing a new strategy with or without today\'s fiscal pressure.
The Air Force is hungry for energy like no agency in the federal government. The service\'s top energy official says they\'re trying to have a smaller appetite without hindering their mission.
In this edition of On DoD, we take a look back at one of the key events that made the military we have today what it is. 2011 was the 25th anniversary of the Goldwater-Nichols act. We marked the anniversary on Federal News Radio with a special series on how the major Defense reorganization made its way through Congress, and how lawmakers dragged the Pentagon, largely against its will, into a culture of jointness.
The Pentagon has standardized, course-based training and certification programs for its acquisition workforce. DoD\'s CFO wants comparable standards for the department\'s financial management community.
Cmdr. Dianna Wolfson is the project superintendent at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for the USS Newport News Engineered Overhaul, describes tool sharing program that saves time and money.
Col. John Morrison is director of the Army\'s LandWarNet Battle Command, the office that\'s in charge of integrating Army capabilities at the NIE.
The Defense Manpower Data Center has a number of responsibilities with respect to DoD. Mary Dixon, the director of the DMDC joined Jared Serbu for an interview on Federal News Radio\'s weekly defense program, On DoD.
The Defense Department\'s new strategic management plan includes changes to the department\'s previous business goals, as well as new areas DoD plans to focus on in the coming year.