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3:17 am, August 20, 2014

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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Congress takes its first real action next week on whether or not to accept the cost-saving ideas DoD put forward in its 2015 budget proposal. And so far, it's looking like those proposals are going to be shredded. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu is writing about the current process of putting together the annual National Defense Authorization Act in this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

Friday - 05/02/2014, 06:16pm EDT
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Jon Etherton, Principal, Etherton and Associates

Better Buying Power 3.0 is coming soon from the Office of the Secretary of Defense. But sustained, measurable defense acquisition reform will require more stakeholders than just OSD. Jon Etherton, principal of Etherton and Associates, senior fellow of the National Defense Industrial Association and a longtime veteran of the defense acquisition field, ttestified at this week's Senate Armed Services Committee hearing about defense acquisition reform. He told In Depth with Francis Rose his main message for the committee was why reform can work this time around.

Friday - 05/02/2014, 06:12pm EDT
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Bill proposes revised DoD cloud security requirements

Congress wants the Department of Defense to change its cloud security requirements in order to make them more vendor-friendly. Congressmen Derek Kilmer (D-Wa.) and Niki Tsongas (D-Ma.) are proposing the Defense Cloud Security Act to clarify its requirements and offer more opportunities for vendors to meet those standards.

Friday - 05/02/2014, 05:03pm EDT

'Broken' pay system driving SES out of government

More than half of senior executives surveyed by the Senior Executives Association are reporting "low" or "very low" morale with their jobs. The problem lies with a pay-for-performance system where some supervisors make less money than the people they lead. Increasing numbers of senior executive service members are ready to leave the federal government altogether.

Friday - 05/02/2014, 12:49pm EDT

Military sex assault reports surge by 50 percent

Military sex assault reports shoot up; Pentagon chief says 'clear threat' to both men, women

Friday - 05/02/2014, 11:50am EDT

Julia Ziegler, Michael O'Connell, Federal News Radio

Imagine cleaning out your closets and finding something more than 100 years old that you never knew existed. That's exactly what happened to the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington, D.C. Hidden on a closet shelf were two boxes filled with artifacts from the Spanish-American War. Federal News Radio Web Manager Julia Ziegler and Web Editor Michael O'Connell told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the glass plate photos found in the boxes. Read Federal News Radio's related article and view photos.

Friday - 05/02/2014, 09:35am EDT
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Alcohol key in military fight against sexual assault

The Pentagon has released its annual report on sexual assault. The report, which includes a multi-faceted strategy to prevent sexual assault, indicates that alcohol often plays a significant role in the commission of sexual assault. The report says alcohol impairs one's ability to identify a sexual assault threat and is sometimes used as a tool to reduce the victim's resistance or totally incapacitate a victim. The strategy against sexual assault includes five elements: prevention, investigation, accountability, advocacy and assessment of the program.

Friday - 05/02/2014, 09:00am EDT

Huge spike in reported military sexual assaults

Number of reported sexual assaults in the military rose 50 percent between 2012 and 2013. The Defense Department says it's confident the figure doesn't reflect more crimes, but that more victims are comfortable enough to come forward.

Friday - 05/02/2014, 04:56am EDT
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Roger Zakheim, Counsel, Covington and Burling

The House Armed Services Committee will soon mark up the National Defense Authorization Act. But all the subcommittee markups may be for nothing. The Obama Administration says it can't submit an Overseas Contingency Operation budget until it knows the results of the election in Afghanistan and some leaders in the House say the NDAA doesn't mean much without the OCO budget request. Roger Zakheim is counsel at Covington and Burling and former general counsel and deputy staff director of the House Armed Services Committee and former deputy assistant secretary of Defense. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose the next round of defense spending negotiations might not mean anything.

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 07:13pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Defense officials report an unprecedented increase in reported cases of sexual assault in the military during 2013. Those cases are up 50 percent more than the year before. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu has more on what the Pentagon thinks the statistics mean. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 06:59pm EDT
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Industry Chatter: Beth McGrath and John Powers

The National Defense Authorization Act is almost ready for the full House Armed Services Committee to review. One certainty is that the final dollar total will be smaller than last year. The Pentagon will make many hard decisions in the coming years, but it will have data and other tools to help make those decisions. John Powers, principal at Deloitte and leader of its Mergers, Acquisitions and Restructuring practice, and Beth McGrath, director of Deloitte's federal practice and former deputy chief management officer and performance improvement officer at the Defense Department, were Francis Rose's guests for Industry Chatter.

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 06:24pm EDT
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Soldier pleads guilty to role in fake referral bonus scheme

A National Guard sergeant was one of 24 individuals who pleaded guilty in a defrauding scheme that cost the Army National Guard more than $30,000 in loses.

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 05:38pm EDT

Top 2 Pentagon intelligence officials quitting

Defense official: Head of Defense Intelligence Agency nudged aside, deputy also quitting

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 12:54pm EDT

Military benefits survive defense cuts

Military benefits emerge unscathed as Congress begins work on defense bill

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 10:20am EDT

Pentagon warns of security gaps in Afghanistan

The Department of Defense provided Congress on Wednesday the April 2014 "Report on Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan". It says although the Afghani security forces continue to make progress, four key high-end capability gaps will remain after the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission ends on Dec. 31, 2014: air support, intelligence enterprise, special operations, and Afghan security ministry capacity. International funding and coalition force assistance will be critical to sustaining the force going forward.

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 10:14am EDT

DoD acquisition reform providing a few glimmers of progress

The 2009 reform aimed at ending the Pentagon's practice of overpromising the weapons systems it could deliver within the budgets it was asking for is showing signs of success. But DoD's acquisition chief says no amount of legislating will solve cost overruns.

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 04:50am EDT
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Navy finds hidden treasure from Spanish-American War

Preparing for an office renovation, archivists at the Naval History and Heritage Command discover two wooden boxes filled with glass plate photos of the Spanish-American War.

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 01:58am EDT
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Ben FitzGerald, Center for a New American Security

The National Defense Authorization Act for this year will include an increase for cyber operations. It's one of the few budget categories that will go up in the defense budget. Ben FitzGerald, a senior fellow and director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, is writing about potential models for success in cyber command and control structure.

Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 05:58pm EDT
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Col. Mike Barron (Ret.), Military Officers Association of America

The first day of markups for the National Defense Authorization Act includes a big win for military personnel advocates but potentially a big swing and a miss too. The Personnel subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee rejects cuts to housing allowances...commissary funding and changes to TRICARE that would make some participants pay more themselves. The subcommittee didn't say anything about a 1 percent pay raise for troops for 2015 though. Retired Army Col. Mike Barron, deputy director of government relations at the Military Officers Association of America, shares his views on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 05:45pm EDT
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Sgt. Maj. Ray Chandler, U.S. Army

The military has doubled-down on efforts to prevent sexual assault. They've labeled this month "Sexual Assault Awareness Month." It's a topic Sgt. Maj. of the Army Ray Chandler brings up whenever he visits soldiers. He says "Take back your Army" from those who commit sexual assault. Chandler told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp some of the most recent statistics about sexual assault in the Army.

Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 10:21am EDT
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