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Wennergren: some possible crashes at intersection of cloud, mobile

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The potential problems of adding mobile devices to a federal cloud system could outweigh their potential benefits. Dave Wennergren, vice president of Enterprise Technologies and Services at CACI and former assistant deputy chief management officer of the Defense Department, is…
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CSIS’s Zakheim: like it or not, defense compensation changes coming

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The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission will present Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel with recommendations in May to reform personnel costs at the Pentagon.  That commission’s work, along with the tightening budget situation, may finally push Congress to take action,…
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NDIA’s Punaro: leadership changes at DoD shouldn’t be subtle

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Whatever the new year holds at the Department of Defense, leadership changes at the top of the agency shouldn’t be subtle.  Major General Arnold Punaro (USMC ret.), the new Chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association and Chief Executive of…
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Watch (NC8): Do-nothing, small-deal Congress may look different a year from now

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Public opinion of lawmakers on Capitol Hill is at an all-time low. Now, a new poll from CNN suggests 2014’s midterm elections could shift the power in Congress.  Also, yesterday President Obama signed the Murray-Ryan budget agreement and the National…
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Hackers vs utilities, NSA oversight should be cyber priorities for ’14

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A massive shutdown of the United States’s electric grid, water supply, sewage processing and treatment system, or other critical infrastructure system via cyber attack is not as far-fatched as you might hope.  The National Institute of Standards and Technology will…
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VA’s Marina Martin: We’re joining open data revolution

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From my colleague Michael O’Connell’s story about my interview: “A new era in open data is arriving at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA is unrolling a brand new open data website to give people an inside look at…
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Government SAVE awards may hurt more than help

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The Federal government’s Securing Americans Value and Efficiency (SAVE) Award nominees are out.  I talked to one nominee, Dirk Renner of Fish and Wildlife Services, on the show today.  But those awards may hurt the government’s work long-term more than…
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Coast Guard’s Metruck: USCG aids first clean audit ever for DHS

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The Homeland Security Department passed a clean audit for the first time ever. Components of the agency can each claim part of that success. Adm. Stephen Metruck explains the Coast Guard’s involvement in this achievement today on my show. Since…
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