Agency News: Department of Defense

Army gears up for new round in battle of the smart phones

Mobile devices including iPads and Android phones can be suitable for soldiers to use, but they have to pass muster for security.

DOD officials cautiously tout progress in financial management reform

Meeting Leon Panetta's aggressive timeline is a daunting challenge, but DOD officials say the effort is advancing.

OFPP lets DOD deal with pricing complexities first

Officials have to make a judgment call on whether to take the lower price now and potentially pay more later on when problems arise from minimal quality work.

Former top DOD officials skewer Congress over sequestration

In a rare joint appearance, two former DOD leaders to take Congress to task for exacerbating the top U.S. threats: budget cuts and the national debt.

Military commanders want to choose their own battlefield apps

The DOD attributes a drop in Afghanistan casualties to better intelligence, but some military commanders want to choose their own systems to reduce losses further.

Battlefield rotations could be bad for contract management

In war zones, contract personnel are often just getting familiar with their work when it's time to go home.

Data-sharing is good ... when agencies do it right

Agencies understand the importance of sharing information, but it still can be difficult to do well. Two new reports document some of the reasons.

Could DOD’s ambitious joint information environment lead to iPhone-wielding warriors?

Hopes are high that DOD's cloud-based architecture will make a real difference for deployed soldiers, but some challenges still remain to be solved.

Conference costs draw congressional ire

GSA's conference scandal was just the start. Now a dozen agencies are being asked to defend their spending on conferences.

DISA strategic plan focuses on enterprise, cybersecurity and efficiencies

The latest document is part of a new, multi-layered planning methodology for DISA.

DOD seeks guidance to navigate constant change

Facing budget pressures and a world of shifting priorities, DOD is open to help from contractors as it analyzes and tracks strategies.

Are wartime innovation principles relevant after the war?

Joint explosives organization faces an uncertain post-Afghanistan future, but its CIO hopes that the culture it created will survive and continue to serve the government.

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