The Defense Department is making some changes to meet its readiness challenges, but it needs more support from Congress and civilian government.
New rules alter TRICARE’s benefit structure, require beneficiaries to sign up during open enrollment.
The Army says the outcome of two studies shows the need to “pivot” to a new strategy for its tactical network.
The Navy says it’s writing the next version of its Next Generation Enterprise Network contract so that it can offload email and other services to DISA’s forthcoming commercial offering for unified communications, whenever it becomes available.
The contract, worth $1 billion over five years, goes to Dell, General Dynamics and Microsoft to run an Air Force implementation of Microsoft’s Office 365.
The Air Force chief of staff says he’s giving local commanders more discretion on crew resting periods. The broader point, he says, is to give wings and squadrons authority to run their missions without interference from headquarters.
A yearlong study will examine the entire Air Force research enterprise, with a particular focus on investing more funds in university-based research.
The Navy knows it will need to spend more than $9 billion to renovate its shipyards to meet its current missions. But it hasn’t planned for that expenditure, and the Government Accountability Office says it may be a lowball estimate.
The Navy says there is still no evidence that cyber attacks played a role in the service’s two deadly collisions with commercial vessels, but there are several reasons it’s continuing to pursue that thread.
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency says the idea is far from final, but is exploring the idea of trading decades’ worth of its data to commercial firms in exchange for help with artificial intelligence and advanced computing algorithms.