The Navy and Marine Corps reasonably justified about $220 million worth of IT contracts that were solicited without full and open competition, says the Defense Department's inspector general in a report issued Jan. 23.
The Marine Corps recently tested an augmented reality – or simulation-based – system on a field that could help soldiers better prepare and train for battle from anywhere.
The Navy says it has cut 88 days from the Next Generation Enterprise Network transition schedule so that it'll be mostly complete by Oct. 1.
Marines at the Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif. demoed the Mobile Detection Assessment Response System, or MDARS, on Jan. 30. The remote console-controlled Polaris military vehicle will be used as part of the service's 24-hour air base ground defense for surveillance and perimeter defense without manned operation.
If sequestration cuts continue, they could devastate military readiness and dramatically slow down modernization spending, an Oct. 11 Bipartisan Policy Center report says. The report says the full brunt of sequestration cuts hasn't hit yet, but sequestration cuts will compromise force readiness.
Children who had deployed parents experienced more problems in school and conflicts with families and peers than the national average and the longer the parent was deployed, the bigger the impact on the child, said Ron Haskins, Senior Fellow and Co-Director of Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution, at an Oct. 1 event.
The Army and Marine Corps consider safety and mission when deciding to use live or simulation-based training, but cost is a much fuzzier factor in the services' decisions, finds an Aug. 22 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf). Auditors report that the Army and Marine Corps lack key performance and cost information that would inform decisions on the appropriate mix of training and prioritizing training investments.
Two memos released by the Navy Department chief information officer in short succession show the department edging away from the dedicated machine model that's dominated computing for the past 4 decades. In a July 29 memo (.pdf), DON CIO Terry Halvorsen says all Navy and Marine Corps servers should be virtualized by the end of fiscal 2017.
Facilities at some closed Army installations were not maintained at a high enough level for reuse within communities surrounding the closed bases because the Army doesn't have specific guidelines for maintenance, a May 14 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) says.
"That competition and conflict are about people is hardly a revelation. Nevertheless, this fundamental premise often has not received the central emphasis that it should in U.S. military deliberation," says the white paper, released May 13 and signed by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos and Navy Adm. William McRaven, head of Special Operations Command.