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DoD News

Online Chat: Dave Bowen, Defense Health Agency

Dave Bowen, the director of health care IT and CIO of the Defense Health Agency, joined Federal News Radio for an online chat on Monday, Jan. 13. View the archived discussion now.

Monday - 01/13/2014, 03:32pm EST

Drug probe widens

An Air Force investigation into illicit drug use has expanded to include 10 officers at six bases in the U.S. and Britain. The Associated Press reports, "Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Brett Ashworth says nine lieutenants and one captain are being investigated for illegal possession of recreational drugs. He said the case began with the investigation of two officers at Edwards Air Force Base in California and expanded based on their contacts with others."

Monday - 01/13/2014, 09:14am EST

DoD's progress in reducing sexual assaults at military academies unclear

The number of reported sexual assaults declined at the Air Force Academy and West Point, and increased slightly at the U.S. Naval Academy. But DoD officials can't determine whether that reflects an increase or decrease of actual crimes.

Monday - 01/13/2014, 04:12am EST
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Air Force drug probe grows to 10 officers

APNewsBreak: Air Force probe into drug use by officers expands to 10 base in US, Britain

Sunday - 01/12/2014, 06:08pm EST

National Guard worried about growing risk of attrition

Amid debates about the proper size of the active military versus the reserve component, the National Guard's chief warned his force will lose its best talent if it's not given opportunities to engage in the guard's federal mission.

Friday - 01/10/2014, 03:37am EST
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Wounded Warrior Care Changing

The U.S. Army announced Thursday a restructuring of its Warrior Transition Units (WTUs) as the service prepares for a scheduled withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and a continued decline in the number of combat wounded. According to Brig. Gen. David Bishop, commander, Warrior Transition Command and Assistant Surgeon General for Warrior Care and Transition, "These changes will improve the care and transition of soldiers through increased standardization, increased cadre to soldier ratios, improved access to resources on installations, and reduced delays in care. They are not related to budget cuts, sequestration or furloughs." As part of the restructuring, the Army will inactivate five WTUs and establish more than a dozen community care units (CCUs) across 11 installations by September 30, 2014.

Thursday - 01/09/2014, 03:17pm EST

Troops headed to South Korea

The United States is going to send 800 more soldiers and about 40 Abrams main battle tanks and other armored vehicles to South Korea next month as part of a military rebalance to East Asia after more than a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq. The battalion of troops and M1A2 tanks and about 40 Bradley fighting vehicles are from the 1st U.S. Cavalry Division based at Fort Hood, Texas. They begin a nine-month deployment in South Korea on Feb. 1.

Thursday - 01/09/2014, 10:39am EST

Defense Health Agency comes into shape through IT shared services

Dave Bowen, the director of health care IT and chief information officer for DHA, said the business case for the three-month-old organization shows potential savings by eliminating duplicative systems, networks and applications.

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 01:20pm EST
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Moran never met Clapper

Last year we reported that a longtime adviser to the U.S. Director of National Intelligence had resigned after the government learned he had worked since 2010 as a paid consultant for a Chinese technology. That company Huawei Technologies Ltd.is viewed by some as an espionage threat to the U.S. After inquiring with U.S. intelligence officials, it turns out that Theodore H. Moran, a respected expert on China's international investment and professor at Georgetown University, while listed as an advisor, has never even met DNI James Clapper."

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 08:02am EST

Army readiness problems will persist through 2020

Army's top uniformed official said the Ryan-Murray budget agreement is a partial remedy to the difficulties the Army has had in training and equipping its troops. But undoing the damage of sequestration will take at least another six years.

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 04:11am EST
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Trends in global defense spending

Jack Midgley, a director in Deloitte's Global Defense Consulting practice will discuss the findings in the company's recent report on defense spending.
January 7, 2014

Tuesday - 01/07/2014, 11:56pm EST
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Pentagon offers Olympics security help to Russia

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has spoken to Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu to discuss recent events in Russia. He offered his condolences for the recent terrorist attacks in Volgograd, saying the United States stands with the Russian people against terrorism. He also assured Minister Shoygu that the United States stands ready to provide security assistance to Russia for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, if requested.

Tuesday - 01/07/2014, 09:23am EST

Hazardous duty pay trimmed

If you serve the US military in places like Afghanistan and Iraq, you'll get imminent danger pay. But Bahrain, which is headquarters to the U.S. Fifth Fleet, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan have been removed from that list. Lt. Col Steve Warren, Pentagon spokesman said the decision to drop more than 20 locales from the list followed a regular review and was not budget-driven.

Monday - 01/06/2014, 08:50am EST

China criticizes the U.S.

China's says the U.S. should not have sent the last three Uighur Chinese inmates at the Guantanamo Bay detention center to Slovakia. The Chinese government claims they are terrorists. A spokesman says they are members of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, which Beijing labels a terrorist group and not only threaten China's security, but other countries as well.

Monday - 01/06/2014, 08:41am EST

Marines delay female fitness plan after half fail

Marines delay plan to require pullups in female fitness test after half of recruits fail

Friday - 01/03/2014, 11:44am EST

Lawmakers enshrine Pentagon HQ cost-cutting into law

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has already set about implementing a plan to cut $1 billion from the Defense Department's budget by consolidating and reorganizing top Pentagon offices, but lawmakers want to hold his feet to the fire. The final version of the National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress Dec. 19 enshrines DoD's ambitious cost-cutting and streamlining plan into law.

Thursday - 01/02/2014, 01:11pm EST

Reports of sexual assaults in military on rise

Increase in reported sexual assaults in military may be due to greater confidence in system

Monday - 12/30/2013, 12:38pm EST

Service members more financially stable than civilian counterparts

Members of the military are burdened by credit card debt, loans and mortgages, but they still seem to be handling their finances better than their civilian counterparts, according to a report by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Foundation.

Monday - 12/30/2013, 09:17am EST
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Obama signs bipartisan budget deal, defense bill

Capping tough year, Obama signs bipartisan budget deal, defense bill addressing sexual assault

Saturday - 12/28/2013, 08:30am EST
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