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Michael Donley Asks Congress, DoD to Focus on Budget and Readiness

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Michael Donley, a former secretary of the U.S. Air Force, has called on Congress and Defense Department to pay attention to current requirements for readiness, operations and modernization. Donley said in an op-ed for Defense News published Monday the DoD must focus on its priorities and size requirements for the U.S. armed forces. He believes the U.S. needs …

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Wireless Companies Bid $34B in FCC Mobile Broadband Airwave Auction

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The Federal Communications Commission has so far raised $34 billion in bids from wireless companies for 65 megahertz — or six blocks — of mobile broadband airwaves in the electromagnetic spectrum, Tthe New York Times reported Saturday. Edward Wyatt reports that $7 billion of the potential auction proceeds will go to the …

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Report: US Eyes Afghanistan Troop Increase in 2015

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The U.S. government plans to retain an additional several hundred troops on top of what has been initially planned in Afghanistan in 2015 to address a potential force number scarcity in the country, Reuters reported Tuesday. Jessica Donati writes the U.S. could provide an extra 1,000 soldiers under its current commitment. The U.S. would prepare the additional …

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Scott Papineau: Air Force Rolls Out Wireless Net to Missile Alert Facilities

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The U.S. Air Force‘s Global Strike Command has deployed a new wireless network system to several missile alert facilities across the intercontinental ballistic missile enterprise. Communications project officers and the 24th Air Force’s cyber experts collaborated to identify vulnerabilities of the network, the Air Force said Nov. 3 “Using the Wi-Fi access, the team tried to access the …

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Ron Sanders: Senior Executive Service Needs Reform

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A group of former U.S. government executives will propose a blueprint to overhaul the Senior Executive Service next spring, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Emily Kopp writes several former high-ranking federal officials gathered last week to brainstorm strategies for SES reform through an initiative sponsored by the Brookings Institution and …

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Kevin Youel Page: GSA to Employ ‘Agile’ Methods in Govt-Wide Acquisition Management

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The General Services Administration has partnered with other agencies to build a digital portal for category-specific procurements across the government, Federal Times reported Friday. Rutrell Yasin writes GSA’s common acquisition platform will work to help civilian and defense organizations access information on particular classes of product or service offerings. “We …

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