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Peter Morrison, Program Officer, Office of Naval Research, Navy

Naval warfighters have new technology now to help it face a growing body of new threats. Peter Morrison and his team built the laser weapons system. It's faster to install and safer and cheaper to use than other missiles. The Navy says each laser costs less than a dollar a shot. Morrison, a program officer for the Navy Department's Office of Naval Research, is a finalist for a Service to America medal in the national security and international affairs category. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the laser is different than other weapons systems.

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 04:30pm EDT
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Sequestration's lessons prove elusive at DoD

The Defense Department should get ready for sequestraton's return in fiscal 2016, the Government Accountability Office warns in a new report.

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 03:46pm EDT

Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

It was only a mile of fencing. The task order from the Army Corps of Engineers to Marcon Engineering looked straightforward: Build a section of barrier along the Mexican border. Then they started digging, and the project turned into a years-long legal battle. Eventually, a judge handed the government its head on a platter. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo, a partner at the law firm Petrillo and Powell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the facts and lessons learned from this case.

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 09:24am EDT
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For federal IT vendors, a lot to like in House, Senate Defense bills

House and Senate versions of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act include numerous acquisition reform provisions, including several that press DoD to embrace commercial technology.

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 03:59am EDT
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Memorial Day salute

More than summer road trips and barbecues, Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey and a former soldier with 30 years of service reflect.

Monday - 05/25/2015, 03:00am EDT

This Memorial Day, remembering those who died

Commentary: former DHS human capital exec Jeff Neal.

Friday - 05/22/2015, 04:51am EDT

Lt. Col. Dan Ward, Cybersecurity Fellow, New America Foundation

The Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt is one of the most effective aircraft in the fleet. Its project leaders say the Thunderbolt's simple design means its development time and maintenance costs beat out other, more complex systems. But simple weapons systems are hard to come by now at the Defense Department. Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Ward is now a cybersecurity fellow at the New America Foundation and his latest book is "The Simplicity Cycle." He tells In Depth with Francis Rose, government technology development programs are too complex, and simpler alternatives are already out there.

Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 04:01pm EDT
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DoD leader raises an eyebrow over proposed acquisition reforms

Pentagon has concerns with Senate legislation requiring more acquisition authority for military service chiefs and House provision dictating new career paths for uniformed acquisition personnel.

Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 04:03am EDT
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Nora Bensahel, School of International Service, American University

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has nominated senior officers to lead the Army and Navy. He recommends Adm. John Richardson to be the next chief of Naval operations, and Gen. Mark Milley to be the Army's next chief of staff. Both now face Senate confirmation. What sorts of challenges will they face atop these military branches? Nora Bensahel, a distinguished scholar-in-residence at American University, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 08:54am EDT
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The federal hiring market in 2015

Talent acquisition manager Mike Bruni will discuss job trends in the federal government, the kinds of workers that agencies need, and how to land a job in what is a competitive and challenging federal market.
May 15, 2015

Friday - 05/15/2015, 06:41pm EDT
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Steve Grundman, George Lund Fellow, Atlantic Council

Defense Secretary Ash Carter looks to Silicon Valley for help with its new cyber strategy. But Carter doesn't have too much time to get the partnership off the ground before the Obama administration leaves and another one takes its place. Steve Grundman, George Lund fellow at the Atlantic Council and former deputy defense undersecretary for industrial affairs and installations, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why Carter should focus on the wins he can earn now.

Friday - 05/15/2015, 04:49pm EDT
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Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

The Defense Department wants to build tighter connections with Silicon Valley, as part of a new technology offset strategy. In fact, Defense Secretary Ash Carter unveiled the plan in Silicon Valley, at Stanford University. Homeland Security announces also plans to establish a Silicon Valley satellite office. The move west isn't a bad idea, but local venture capitalist Jonathan Aberman argues, the government might be overlooking innovation talent right in its own back yard. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why.

Friday - 05/15/2015, 09:02am EDT
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Senate panel votes to overhaul military retirement, to cut headquarters spending

The Senate Armed Service Committee's version of the annual Defense authorization bill would revamp military retirement, order DoD to reduce its headquarters and sidesteps sequestration by using the Pentagon's overseas contingency accounts.

Friday - 05/15/2015, 04:23am EDT
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Navy pushes major shakeup to military personnel system

Navy proposes several changes to modernize its personnel system, many of which will require help from Congress.

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 04:21am EDT
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Pentagon recommends new Navy, Army chiefs

Pentagon recommends new chiefs for Navy, Army

Wednesday - 05/13/2015, 06:17pm EDT

Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, CEO, Punaro Group

Ten out of 15 recommendations from the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission earn White House support. And the House includes some of those recommendations in its version of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. But one-third of the Defense Department's budget goes to military compensation, and some experts in the defense community say compensation reform needs to be bigger. Retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, chief executive officer for the Punaro Group, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the recommendations aren't bold enough.

Tuesday - 05/12/2015, 04:17pm EDT
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Sisson: No higher calling than serving the American people

Women of Washington hosts Gigi Schumm and Aileen Black talk to Barbara Sisson, assistant chief of the Army Reserve.

Tuesday - 05/12/2015, 12:48pm EDT

On DoD: Pentagon's new nurse advice line closes gap in after-hours medical care for military members

On this week's edition of On DoD, Regina Julian, the chief of primary care for the Defense Health Agency joins Jared Serbu to talk about DoD's new nurse advice line.

Tuesday - 05/12/2015, 04:39am EDT
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Michele Mackin, Director of Acquisition & Sourcing Management, GAO

Some Rapid Innovation Program projects are still slow-going for the Defense Department. The Pentagon uses the program to get new technology projects off the ground. But the Government Accountability Office says half of the 44 rapid innovation projects DoD completed in July 20-14 are in the hands of acquisition departments or other users. Michele Mackin, director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the Government Accountability Office, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what she found.

Monday - 05/11/2015, 04:16pm EDT
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Work officially sets up Pentagon reservation IT shared services

The Joint IT Single Service Provider-Pentagon is a much better name than the Pentagon Defense Information Service Agency Field Activity. But in the end, no matter what this new shared service office is called, Defense Deputy Secretary Bob Work signed off on the consolidation of redundant IT services options across the Pentagon Reservation and in the National Capital Region.

Monday - 05/11/2015, 05:16am EDT
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