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10:57 pm, December 22, 2014

DoD News

Mike Kucharek, Spokesman, NORAD

It's that most wonderful time of the year again. And as Santa gears up for his annual flight, NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) prepares to track his progress. That will happen, as it always has, on Dec. 24, and Santa's location will be available to all the little and not-so-little prying eyes who can't wait for those shiny boots to drop down through their chimneys. Mike Kucharek is a spokesman for NORAD. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some insight into this annual event, starting with how it began.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 06:52am EST
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Obama signs NDAA deal with pay raise, higher co-pays for troops

President Barack Obama signed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act deal Friday. The House and Senate Armed Services Committees arrived at a compromise over troop benefits in the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act that will give soldiers a 1 percent pay raise, as well as a $3 increase in most prescription co-pays. House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) released a summary of the ups and downs of this fiscal year's $585 billion NDAA, expected to be finalized before Congress leaves for the holidays.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 05:00am EST

Obama signs massive defense spending bill

Obama signs defense spending bill that expands fight against Islamic State, raises troop pay

Friday - 12/19/2014, 07:10pm EST

John Schaus, Senior Fellow, CSIS

If the Senate confirms former deputy defense secretary Ash Carter to replace defense secretary Chuck Hagel, his agenda will include: A military conflict in the Middle East, tensions with Russia, and loud cries for defense acquisition reform. John Schaus is fellow for the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he proposed a specific agenda for Secretary Carter if he's confirmed.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 04:30pm EST
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Ann Marie Dougherty, Executive Director, Bob Woodruff Foundation

It's a casualty that people generally don't like to talk about. But it's a real one — the toll that months at war can take on a service member's sexual health and intimate relationships. The Bob Woodruff Foundation just concluded a two-day event with the Johns Hopkins Military & Veterans Health Institute and the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine to address these issues. Ann Marie Dogherty is executive director of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the foundation's programs and progress.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 11:21am EST
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DoD unties services' hands when buying commercial cloud

A new memo from acting CIO Terry Halvorsen removes the requirement for DISA to be the main path to buy cloud computing services.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 10:51am EST

DISA takes cyber temperature of computer networks with CMRS

Dave Bennett, DISA's chief information officer, said the agency is beginning to implement a new approach to cybersecurity. He said the continuous monitoring risk scoring system (CMRS) looks at a variety of factors to give the agency a score based on a set of predetermined analytics.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 03:54am EST
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Linda Robinson, senior analyst, RAND Corporation

The war in Afghanistan and the 9/11 terrorist attacks are the two best recent examples of asymmetric warfare, according to the RAND Corporation. So now it's looking at the last 13 years to see how U.S. military strategy evolved, and to see if it offers clues on how best to change it in the future. Linda Robinson is senior international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. She offered extensive analysis on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 02:36pm EST

Gene Aloise, Deputy Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

Most of the troops are coming home, but that doesn't mean there isn't still work to do in Afghanistan. Every year, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) assembles a "high risk" list. It outlines which areas of the reconstruction effort are most vulnerable to waste, fraud and abuse. The list also helps the armed services focus their reconstruction efforts and correct problems. Deputy SIGAR Gene Aloise joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this year's findings and their implications.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 11:12am EST
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Hagel sends condolences to the people of Pakistan

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel sent condolences to his counterpart in Pakistan yesterday.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 10:27am EST

DIA gets a permanent CIO; DoD losing a cyber expert

Janice Glover-Jones will remove the "acting" from her title to be DIA's permanent CIO, while Rocky Young is retiring and going to work for a research firm.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 02:52pm EST

Levin, Coburn leave legacy of bipartisanship, oversight

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) says "bipartisanship is not extinct" in his farewell speech to Congress. Wastebook author Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says oversight is a duty that many senators continue to ignore.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 02:27pm EST

Larry Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Congress is capping the pensions of top military officials in 2015. As part of National Defense Authorization Act, pensions for generals and admirals will be trimmed to ensure they make no more in retirement than they did on active duty. That reverses a 2007 law designed to help retain officers during wartime. What effects, if any, will this have on the military's ability to retain its senior officers? Larry Korb is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and former assistant secretary of Defense for manpower and reserve affairs. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a look at this measure.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 09:55am EST
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DLA gives out gold stars to suppliers

Forty vendors now have a leg up in bidding on contracts with the Defense Logistics Agency. DLA became the second major Defense Department agency or service to publicly announce its superior supplier list.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:43am EST

Navy begins to embrace ICITE capabilities, Haith says

The Defense Department has been slowly rolling out the Intelligence Community Information Technology Environment departmentwide. The Navy's Deputy CIO Janice Haith told an industry audience Friday that the Navy is already embracing ICITE's capabilities.

Friday - 12/12/2014, 05:14pm EST
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Janice Haith, Deputy CIO, Department of the Navy

Until now, the Intelligence Community Information Technology Environment is mainly focused on serving the Intelligence Community. But DoD is taking baby steps toward deploying the intelligence community's shared services plan to its components. Janice Haith, deputy CIO for the Department of the Navy, told an audience at an AFCEA luncheon, the Navy is already where it wants to be in adopting ICITE.

Friday - 12/12/2014, 04:41pm EST
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Eddy Mentzer, Manager, Defense Spouse Education & Career Opportunities Program

The Military Spouse Employment Partnership's goal is simple. They want to eliminate one of military families' biggest problems: finding employment for the spouse of the service member. Because of frequent relocation, military spouses often face high unemployment rates and a significant wage gap in the jobs they do have. Through the initiative known as Joining Forces, 38 new organizations joined the Employment Partnership program earlier this month. Eddy Mentzer is the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program manager. On the Federal Drive, he gave Tom Temin an update on the program and the companies involved.

Friday - 12/12/2014, 10:47am EST
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Pentagon lays out plan for new combat ship

The Pentagon announces the Navy will upgrade its littoral combat ship program and build a more lethal fighting vessel that can better survive today's volatile security threats.

Friday - 12/12/2014, 12:08am EST

Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein, Commander, 20th Air Force

The Air Force recently completed a test launch of one of its Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missiles. The 5,000 mile flight test was supported by Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and several other contractors. So how does the Air Force maintain readiness of the ICBM fleet? How can it assure the Commander-in-Chief that in the unlikely event of a real launch, the 40-year-old missiles would go where they're supposed to? Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein, Commander of the 20th Air Force, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the test flight and the ICMB program.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 12:30pm EST
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Coalition forces continue to pound ISIL

U.S. military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 05:24pm EST
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