Warfare more dependent on the gathering and dispersal of battlefield data has long been in the making, but hobbled by the problem of assuring connectivity – especially at the level of soldiers rather than commanders.
The Office of Management and Budget are pushing forward with a modernized security clearance process plan that will include continuous evaluation of federal employees and contracts after they've gained security clearance, said OMB Deputy Director for Management Beth Cobert.
Acquisition experts see a March 13 Defense Department memo directing its contracting officers to seek prices lower than the general schedule as redundant and as a sign that contracting officers aren't getting the training they need. The Federal Acquisition Regulation already says that contracting officers shall seek a price reduction when the order exceeds the simplified acquisition threshold of $150,000.
Electronic health record interoperability between the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments has been a long time coming, but an interagency program office is making progress, a DoD official told lawmakers during an April 9 hearing.
A new Government Accountability Office report shows duplication runs rampant at government agencies with 10 programs addressing AIDS in minority communities and eight Defense Department programs dealing with prisoners of war. The April 8 report, now in its fourth year, outlines 11 areas of duplication across the government.
New U.S. openness regarding its military cyber doctrine is so far unreciprocated by China, say U.S. officials. While on a 10 day trip to the Asia Pacific region, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Pentagon officials "for the first time ever" have provided a briefing to Chinese officials on American military doctrine governing the use of cyber capabilities.
Despite management and program changes resulting in $3 billion in savings per year, military health system costs continue to climb, said Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of Defense for health affairs.
A new round of military base closures would pay for itself in six years, a Defense Department official told an unreceptive panel of Senators. Appointing a new Base Realignment and Closure Commission and executing their recommendations for slaking excess DoD infrastructure would cost about $6 billion, said John Conger, DoD acting deputy undersecretary of defense installations and environment.
With an ever-increasing demand for finite electromagnetic spectrum, the Defense Department fears its reliance could hamper military operations within the United States and abroad. As a result, the DoD issued March 12 a solicitation, seeking to collaborate with industry, universities and research organizations to help find more advanced ways to better use this spectrum.
The Army is paying about $500 billion a year to maintain unused facilities and needs a new round of base realignment and closures so the money can be used for training and readiness, an Army official told a House Panel March 27. "There's no use for those facilities and yet we still have to maintain them," Army Secretary John McHugh told the House Appropriations defense subcommittee.