Archive for the ‘military and defense’ Category

New From the GAO

January 29, 2015 Comments off

New GAO Reports
Source: Government Accountability Office

1. Federal Construction Subcontracting: Insight into Subcontractor Selection Is Limited, but Agencies Use Oversight Tools to Monitor Performance. GAO-15-230, January 29.
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2. DOD Acquisitions: Opportunities May Exist to Increase Utility of Nondevelopmental Items Pilot Program. GAO-15-285, January 29.
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FY 2014 Annual Report from the Defense Department by the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation

January 28, 2015 Comments off

FY 2014 Annual Report from the Defense Department by the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation
Source: U.S. Department of Defense

The purpose of operational testing is to assure the Military Services field weapons that work in combat. This purpose has been codified in both USC Title 10 and in the Department of Defense’s (DOD) 5000-series regulations for many years without substantive alteration. Operational testing is intended to occur under “realistic combat conditions” that include operational scenarios typical of a system’s employment in combat, realistic threat forces, and employment of the systems under test by typical users (Soldiers) rather than by hand-picked or contractor crews.

Thorough operational testing should be conducted prior to a system’ s Full-Rate Production decision or deployment to combat in order to inform acquisition decision makers and operators in an objective way about how the system will perform in its combat missions. Under current law, the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) is required to present his opinion on whether the operational testing conducted prior to the Beyond Low-Rate Initial Production decision is adequate or not. The Director must consider all the operational facets of a system’s employment in combat when he determines what constitutes adequate operational testing, including the performance envelope the system must be able to achieve, the various operating conditions anticipated in a time of war, and the range of realistic operational threats.

In 2014, I investigated many examples of recent programs across all Services to identify common themes in operational testing. These themes illustrate the value that operational testing provides to the Defense community. Additionally, they highlight the continuing improvements we have made in the credibility and efficiency of OT&E during my tenure. A briefing covering these six themes and dozens of examples across all Services is posted on the DOT&E website. 1 These themes reveal a common conclusion: OT&E provides value to the Department by identifying key problems and clearly informing warfighters and the acquisition community about the capabilities our combat systems do and do not have. Furthermore, we are getting this information now more efficiently and cost effectively than ever by employing rigorous scientific methods in test planning, execution, and evaluation.

New From the GAO

January 27, 2015 Comments off

New GAO Reports
Source: Government Accountability Office

1. Defense Logistics: DOD Has a Strategy and Has Taken Steps to Improve Its Asset Visibility, but Further Actions Are Needed. GAO-15-148, January 27.
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2. Depot Maintenance: Status of the Public-Private Partnership for Repair of the Dual-Mode Transmitter in the F-16 Fire-Control Radar. GAO-15-249R, January 27.

3. Supply Chain Security: CBP Needs to Enhance Its Guidance and Oversight of High-Risk Maritime Cargo Shipments. GAO-15-294, January 27.
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Smart, Mobile and Wearable: The Next Generation of Defense Technology Maintenance Systems

January 22, 2015 Comments off

Smart, Mobile and Wearable: The Next Generation of Defense Technology Maintenance Systems
Source: Accenture

Today’s aircraft, warships and tanks increasingly feature cutting-edge monitoring sensors that allow greater awareness of equipment condition and performance.

However, many defense maintenance systems supporting these assets haven’t kept pace. As a result, valuable capabilities are wasted and productivity-sapping demands are placed on crews. Of greater concern, military leaders can be left with an alarmingly deficient view of mission readiness.

By incorporating five digital attributes, the next generation of defense maintenance systems can streamline operations and aid decision-making to better support a modern military.

New From the GAO

January 21, 2015 Comments off

New From the GAO
Source: Government Accountability Office


1. Defense Headquarters: DOD Needs to Reassess Personnel Requirements for the Office of Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, and Military Service Secretariats. GAO-15-10, January 21.
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1. Aviation Safety: Issues Related to Domestic Certification and Foreign Approval of U.S. Aviation Products, by Gerald L. Dillingham, Ph.D., director, physical infrastructure issues, before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. GAO-15-327T, January 21.
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2. VA Construction: VA’s Actions to Address Cost Increases and Schedule Delays at Major Medical-Facility Projects, by David Wise, director, physical infrastructure team, before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. GAO-15-332T, January 21.
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1. Polar Weather Satellites: NOAA Needs To Prepare for Near-term Data Gaps. GAO-15-47, December 16.
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On January 16, 2015, this report was reissued to include the Highlights page that was inadvertently missing from the previously posted report.


DoD Releases 2013 Annual Report on Suicide

January 21, 2015 Comments off

DoD Releases 2013 Annual Report on Suicide
Source: U.S. Department of Defense

Today, the Department of Defense (DoD) released its 2013 calendar year Suicide Event Report (DoDSER), which details the number of suicide attempts and deaths for U.S. service members.

The DoDSER also includes detailed assessments of demographic information, behavioral health history, and deployment history for each suicide event. This comprehensive information informs DoD senior leaders as they make policy decisions to improve suicide prevention efforts.

In calendar year 2013, active component suicide totals and rates declined over 2012, while reserve components had a slight increase. There were 229 deaths by suicide among active component service members and 220 deaths by suicide among selected reserve component service members (87in the reserve and 133 in the National Guard).

The suicide rate per 100,000 in 2013 was 18.7 for active component service members, 23.4 for reserve component and 28.9 for National Guard.

Leading Millennials: An Approach That Works

January 20, 2015 Comments off

Leading Millennials: An Approach That Works (PDF)
Source: Air & Space Power Journal

Although we acknowledge that the standard criticisms leveled against millennials contain grains of truth, we disagree with their over – all tone. Like any generation, millennials have strengths and weak – nesses, but we believe that their strengths far outnumber their weak – nesses. Moreover, if we are truly committed to “strategic agility” in our force, we must harness the creative power, enthusiasm for service, and teamwork they bring to our institution.

Whenever representatives of a new generation flood into an institu – tion, they inevitably shape it according to their beliefs, values, and norms. Our job as leaders on the front of this wave is to adapt our institution—and our approach to leadership—so that we can benefit from the change that will occur anyway. We need to ride the wave of energy and creativity—not be swamped by it. The following includes some observations and suggestions on how to do that.


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