In Thursday's Federal Headlines, Defense Secretary Ash Carter criticized Congress at the annual Association of the U.S. Army conference for the latest NDAA bill's form of budgeting; Boeing agrees to pay $18 million to settle allegations it overcharged the Air Force.
The Army is using simulations and virtual trainers to prepare its soldiers for everything from driving vehicles to shooting high-powered weapons, but at least one provider warns that it's time the Army rebooted its tools.
The Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards honor many of the individuals and businesses among the region's government contractors. The awards, sponsored by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Services Council, celebrate high achievers. Between now and Nov. 5, Federal News Radio is interviewing the finalists for this year's awards. Ben Edson is the founder and CEO of VariQ and a finalist for this year's Executive of the Year award in the $75 million-or-less in sales category. He joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about his nomination.
The Rapid Equipping Force and the Asymmetric Warfare Group, two organizations the Army created in response to specific challenges in Iraq and Afghanistan, are now a permanent part of the Army. And its leaders say they’re still highly-relevant, even after the withdrawal of large-scale combat troops. Col. Steve Sliwa is the director of the Rapid Equipping Force and Lt. Col. Stephen Lee is the squadron commander for the Asymmetric Warfare Group. They tell DoD reporter Jared Serbu about their enduring missions in a postwar environment.
Whether learning to fly an attack helicopter or maneuver a ground combat vehicle, pretty much everything the Army does requires intensive training. Because of the expense and danger involved, it's using simulation technology for a growing number of training categories. Raytheon is a major supplier of simulation-based training. At the Association of the U.S. Army conference, Federal Drive host Tom Temin spoke to Bob Williams, Raytheon's vice president of training solutions.
Federal scientists feel there's too much political influence at their agencies. That's according to a survey of 7,000 scientists at four federal agencies recently conducted by the Center for Science and Democracy. The center asked about the effectiveness of the agencies and whether or not the scientists felt political influence was damaging the integrity of their work. Dr. Gretchen Goldman is the lead analyst at the Center for Science and Democracy and the author of this report. She joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.
Homeland Security is expanding its Unity of Effort initiative to research and development programs. Faced with diminishing budgets and ever-growing threats, the Science and Technology Directorate at DHS is taking a new approach to how it prioritizes R&D funds. Dr. Reggie Brothers is the undersecretary for Science and Technology at DHS. He tells executive editor Jason Miller how he's ensuring a more holistic look at R&D programs through integrated product teams, or IPTs.
Good soldiers are basic to a strong Army, and education is crucial to making good soldiers. That's why the Army spends so much time and money on education. Now the Army is embarking on an expansion of its schooling capabilities. Federal Drive host Tom Temin spoke with Sgt. Maj. of the Army Dan Dailey at the AUSA conference. He asked him if that's what attracts people to the Army in the first place.
In Wednesday's Federal Headlines, FLEOA announces its support for two congressmen's plan for taking sensitive security clearance data out of the hands of OPM and NASA will spend as much as $1.4 billion dollars to keep astronauts healthy, well-fed and supplied over the next five years.
In one corner of the Army, the story of a drive to improve the kill power of a proven platform.
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is reviewing proposals to find the fastest and most accurate way to catch cyber attackers before they strike.
Federal Drive with Tom Temin broadcast live from the 2015 Association of the United States Army conference and exposition, interviewing Army officials about the challenges the service is facing.
As the saying goes, nothing happens until somebody buys something. The Army spends tens of billions of dollars a year on everything from uniforms to combat vehicles. How it goes about acquisition, and moving all that material around the world, has a big impact on its effectiveness and readiness. Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson is the military deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. He joins Federal Drive host Tom Temin at the Association of the U.S. Army convention in Washington.
As the Army becomes more flexible and agile, commanders are considering mobility. That is, the vehicles necessary to take small, lethal units from one place to another, often under harsh, dangerous conditions. Brig. Gen. David Bassett is the program executive for the Army’s Ground Combat Systems. He joins Federal Drive host Tom Temin at the Association of the U.S. Army convention in Washington.