The Defense Department doesn't know if it employs the appropriate number of workers at headquarters because it doesn't determine personnel requirements as part of a systematic process and procedures aren't in place to make sure the department assesses its personnel needs periodically, says a Jan. 21 Government Accountability report.
Two Defense Department employees perpetrated a scheme to collect recruiting bonuses through a fake Army website, and though the DoD found out about it, both continue to work for the department, says a Jan. 20 statement by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). McCaskill says a retired Army sergeant and his wife, who both work for the DoD, set up a website called OfficialArmy.com that looked like an actual Army website.
For example, medical researchers are experimenting with soldiers wearing physiological sensors that can provide information about dehydration, elevated blood pressure and cognitive impairment from being sleep deprived.
The Army wants to buy as many as 60,000 tactical manpack radios, but the service altered course after low-rate production orders resulted in 17-pound test radios – twice as heavy as those currently in use. A new request for information specifies they must now weigh closer to eight pounds, but not more than 12.
The Army delayed reporting that thousands of pieces of equipment in Afghanistan-- worth nearly $420 million-- went missing, making recovery efforts more difficult, a recently released internal audit said.
The Army will be fielding a smartphone app to help soldiers better determine their drinking water needs so they can carry just enough to stay hydrated.
A transgender Army civilian employee faced discrimination from higher ups when they wouldn't recognize her transition from male to female, an Oct. 23 Office of Special Counsel statement says.
A tool being developed for the Army will bring together intelligence, terrain and electromagnetic spectrum data, providing a common operational picture for electronic warfare.
A new geospatial tool is helping the Army gain better insight and intelligence on new terrains, enabling commanders to make more informed decisions for more effective and secure operations.
Using the Emergent Leader Immersive Training Environment, or ELITE Lite software, soldiers can become virtual officers or non-commissioned officers interacting with other uniformed avatars as they deal with with situations, ranging from disagreements with superiors to sexual harassment.