The Army’s Office of Energy Initiatives is the service’s central hub for managing the financing and planning for “utility scale” renewable and alternative energy projects. Michael McGhee, OEI’s executive director, talks with Jared Serbu about some of the major projects in the pipeline, and the Army’s desire to use the power they generate to make its bases energy-independent.
Over the past five years, the Army has been busily building renewable power facilities on its bases in order to reach an overall goal of 1 gigawatt of renewable energy by 2025. But now, the Army is putting more of an emphasis on using that energy to make its bases entirely self-sufficient from the public electric grid, so they can continue to function in the event of an outage. Michael McGhee, executive director of the Army Office of Energy Initiatives, talked with Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the technologies the Army’s pursuing to make that a reality.
The Army believes the future of ground combat will be markedly more austere than what troops became used to in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is rethinking its logistics enterprise for combat formations that will need to be more self-sufficient.
The Army spends in the neighborhood of $20 billion a year to develop and buy weapons. But it has trouble developing sound requirements, and now it has an issue with its requirements workforce. Marie Mak, director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the Government Accountability Office, offers insight on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act cuts funding for several software programs the panel sees as underperforming, and implements what congressional officials say are corrective measures to DoD’s IT buying habits.
New data from Bloomberg Government shows more than 2,600 multiple award contracts across government, which is a drop of 8 percent over the last five years.
A program that allows soldiers to take a break from active duty to pursue schooling or professional goals is still in its infancy. A new report says only 13 soldiers have taken advantage of the program.
Despite wrestling with a less than ideal budget, the Army is trying to keep energy resilient in the 21st century. Federal News Radio’s Scott Maucione talks with Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Energy and Sustainability Jack Surash on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the Army’s energy future.
The former Army secretary says there’s too much bickering in Congress to actually grow the military, but readiness holes need to be plugged first anyways.
The Army chief of staff wants a new assessment of the $6 billion WIN-T program, hopefully in time to influence the 2018 Defense authorization bill. He worries the system is too vulnerable in real-world battle conditions and is based on outdated technology.
The 9/11 attacks wrecked a big chunk of New York City infrastructure. Hurricane Sandy washed away parts of New Jersey and New York. For decades, waterways feeding East Coast ports were too shallow. Joseph Seebode, deputy district engineer and the chief of programs and project management at the Army Corps of Engineers, is a finalist in this year’s Service to America Medals program. He tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin how he’s going to fix all those problems.
Soldiers might be Army strong, but the same cannot necessarily be said about the buildings they work in. The service is facing a nearly eleven billion dollar tag to get its facilities and installations fixed. Federal News Radio’s Scott Maucione was joined by Randy Robinson, acting assistant secretary of the army for installations, energy and environment, and Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham, assistant chief of staff for installations management, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the issue further.
Flashbacks can often be scarey, reminders of things we want to forget, but Senior Correspondent Mike Causey’s recent visit to Fort Belvoir triggered a magic blast from the past.
The Republican state senator from Tennessee that President Donald Trump picked to be Army secretary has withdrawn his name from consideration amid intensifying criticism over his remarks about LGBT Americans and Muslims
Acting Defense Department Chief Information Officer John Zangardi said he is taking a “risk-aware” approach when it comes to meeting his priorities, some of which include improving effectiveness and efficiency, learning to “speak warfighter,” and defining cyber responsibilities.