Defense Department officials have begun to observe real impacts of climate change on military facilities, but poor planning and processes leave the department ill-equipped to protect infrastructure that may be at risk, says the Government Accountability Office.
Despite some positive developments in implementing an open systems approach to product development, congressional investigators found that the Defense Department faces several challenges, namely a preference to purchase proprietary systems.
It's possible to find the source of a suspicious disease outbreak and stop further cases just by analyzing microorganisms. But this emerging field called "microbial forensics" needs to overcome some tough scientific and technical challenges to become more effective, according to a new National Research Council report.
The Defense Department would see nearly $500 billion in discretionary funding in fiscal 2015 under a bill passed by the House Appropriations Committee June 10. The $491 billion spending bill (pdf) would increase DoD appropriations by $4.1 billion over the fiscal 2014 enacted level and $200 million more than President Obama's request.
As defense systems are increasingly reliant on finite electromagnetic spectrum, the Navy is exploring technologies that will help the service adjust its needs to the spectrum available while still achieving mission, said Vice Adm. Ted Branch, director of Naval Intelligence.
The Navy should adopt a cloud-based system to keep pace with the growing demand for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance data that are needed for situational awareness and other mission-critical tasks, said researchers in a new RAND report.
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.
The Army and Navy have turned to private construction firms to build houses for single military members to address an off-base housing shortage, says a March 18 Government Accountability Office report.
Chaplains haven't been forced to provide services that go against their faith after a new Defense Department policy went into affect allowing service members to request exemptions to dress and grooming standards for religious purposes, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Vee Penrod said at a Jan. 29 House Armed Services Committee subcommittee on military personnel hearing.
Many major agencies are getting less than what they wanted for science and technology spending during the fiscal year.