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What new technologies and strategies can we use to be more open, efficient and save taxpayer money?
(@roland.clavien)

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Repetitive Functions

Secretary Gates was recently quoted as asking the military services to take hard, unsparing looks at how they operate. I work in the financial sector of the Army Corps of Engineers and I can asset that there is great wasteful redundancy in this sector. Millions could be saved if repetitive portions of the financial function were eliminated within the Army Corps of Engineers. All it takes is a leader with the strength ...more »

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(@kallen19)

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Restructure Military Compensation

I wonder what the cost benefit analysis would say about a compensation package that eliminated the 20 year retirement but paid soldiers a competitive wage. My understanding is that a soldier of 20 years receives 50 percent of his pay for life. So a 38 year old E-6 with 20 years would earn 1700 a month. Assuming this is true and the everage lifespan is 72 the E-6 would earn 694000 over the next 34 years. Might it be better ...more »

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(@flynillini)

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New Way of Thinking for DoD

We need to take a hard look at how DoD does business. Look for overlap between services. Capitalize upon platforms that are fundamental to each service to better utilize logistics. For example. 1. Air Force - Responsibility on anything that flies. 2. Navy - Responsible for anything that floats, 3. Army - Responsible for anything that fights on the ground. 4. Marines - Responsible for Special Operations (yes....a whole ...more »

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(@ivantrajkovic)

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USING CLOUD COMPUTING IN FETCHING DATA FOR DOD USE

LETS START WITH EXAMPLES FIRST http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/xmpp_web.php ************************************************** if you think AJAX changed the web experience, imagine a web with decentralized, open standards-based IM at its center. That's an exciting thought. This post introduces the concepts at issue in accessible terms, discusses some of the possible impacts of such a trend on innovation and ...more »

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(@ljames8888)

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Re: The whales

During peaceful conditions, you could train the whales to SLOWLY get away from your naval training routes, by pairing alternate signals to the noise buoys. The whales could learn a "safe" sound and a "danger looms" sound, more easily than we can learn to speak whale! Unconditioned/Conditioned stimuli etc. They are so magnificent, I hope that you try to save them, if you can. I really think that sonar panics them and, ...more »

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(@safetybiz)

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Transitions

Please vote to support the Wounded Warrior Program during their period of transition as of 4-25-2010. They are at a pivotal point in history and we must actively assist them to develop programs which will competently and accountably succeed. Our veterans and Country are worth the effort. Wounded Warrior program: 4-25-2010; AP news reports that the DoD has 'scrambled to set up transition units to help wounded troops ...more »

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(@renesugar)

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Emotiv EPOC 14-electrode EEG headset to control a Rovio robot

The article describes using an EEG headset to control a robot remotely over Skype using triggering a reading on the EEG with your mind, facial gestures and head movements. It is similar to a motion capture suit but used for your head instead of body. Used together with a motion capture suit using similar technology (accelerometers and gyros), you could use it to operate a robot with limbs remotely. Used by itself, ...more »

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(@ljames8888)

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Wikileaks video

I am not a chemist, but could you make a hat for the war zone press corps that could fluoresce when hit by a laser sight? They'd be hard to duplicate. You could make a pattern to verify the authenticity. They would help decrease errors.

Remember in Desert Storm, we had to mark our vehicles so we wouldn't shoot each other?

Have a good day.

Lori James

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(@jesella)

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Internal DOD use Real-Time collective opinions software process!

I work for a large non-profit HMO here in CA, as a lab tech. However I am interested in how technology systems can create effective nuanced communication systems, like this website process. 18 years ago I experienced in a community forum in Marin County the demonstration of a audience response wireless, FM based keypad technology with preparatory software that was designed to catalogue, topics-information, present ...more »

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(@lmonserr)

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better evaluation for combat

While I understand that even those soldiers with a long time in need to serve in every role, I wonder about the wisdom of sending older, less fit soldiers into combat. My brother is 47 and has one rotation left before he can retire. While he is in good shape compared to the average American, he has a bum knee and IS 47. He's just been assigned to a combat position (after serving as a journalist for years). While I'm ...more »

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(@yankeedreamer)

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Innovative War Fighting Tools

Please refer to my web site: http://yankeedreamer.org/battle_act_intel_xport.htm I'm a retired Air Force Master Sergeant, with experience in weapons testing and electronics. I would like to contribute my ideas, to support our troops. Two areas where I feel that the Army/Marines could improve on are psychological and unconventional warfare. Revive World War II Tactics that were use prior to the Normandy, namely fake ...more »

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(@ed.a.milligan)

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Eliminate Nat'l Security Budgetary Boundaries

Topic Focus: Title 10 & Title 50 funds related to IT technical solutions. Collaboration and communications tools are agency/service agnostic. When pots of money for the same needs are split between decision makers in two or more organizations, you're more than likely to have a mess on your hands. Perhaps this is why we have different intelligence agencies not on the same page--our tool sets aren't designed to facilitate ...more »

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(@sean.abbott)

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Change Federal Budgeting Process to Eliminate End of Year Money

I have been working for the DoD in one capacity or another for 6 years now. In every organization I've been in, there has always been "End of Year" fallout money with a directive from higher up to "spend it!". End of year money is a use or lose situation for organizations. As I understand it, many (most?) organizations have budgetary needs that change from year to year. In order to meet those needs, organizations ...more »

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(@ebur104075)

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Uniform Allowance

Issue the individual a Charge Card with his/her annual uniform allowance on it that can only be used at the NEX uniform shop or the online Uniform Shop. Basicially, all that can be purchased with the card is uniform items. If it is the wrong size or has to be returned for any reason, it is refunded as a credit to the card. Money not used is recovered.

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