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11:33 pm, August 28, 2014

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John Conger, Acting Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Installations and Environment

Today is markup day for the National Defense Authorization Act in the House Armed Services Committee. Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) has already killed the idea of approving a round of Base Realignment and Closure this year. But the Defense Department sees the potential for some progress on another round of BRAC. John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of Defense for installations and environment, talked to In Depth with Francis Rose about the effort the Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-Wash.) is making to push toward a BRAC round.

Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 05:27pm EDT
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On DoD: DISA mobility, Defense acqusition

John Hickey, the mobility program manager for the Defense Information Systems Agency, talks about the status of DoD's commercial mobile device programs, for both classified and unclassified communications. Greg Wenzel, a senior vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton, discusses the findings of a recent survey of government employees about DoD acquisition.

Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 02:38pm EDT
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Iran threatens US Navy

Iran says it will target U.S. aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf if a war breaks out. An Iranian military official says the country could sink a U.S. aircraft carrier like the USS Nimitz and that the country is practicing on a replica. A spokesman from the Pentagon says they have no doubt Iran could sink the replica it has built, but Col. Steve Warren says sinking a U.S. aircraft carrier is another matter entirely and he has no confidence in Iran's capability to sink one.

Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 09:44am EDT

Military chiefs, lawmakers debate budget cuts

Congress is debating the proposed $496 billion defense budget this week, and military pay is one of many sensitive issues within that bill.

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 01:59pm EDT

Martin Matishak, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

The House Armed Services Committee releases a blueprint of the National Defense Authorization Act. The $601 billion measure hardly resembles the Pentagon's wish list. It rejects most of the department's ideas for saving money. Staff writer Martin Matishak has been following this closely for the Hill Newspaper. He provided insight for Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 11:09am EDT
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Pentagon spending plan unveiled

Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has released a $601 billion spending plan that saves the Cold War era U-2 spy plane from the chopping block and also would force the Pentagon to keep the A-10 Warthog in storage. It's all a part of a plan resulting in smaller military budgets after 13 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ironically, though, the plan also denies the Pentagon's request for another round of military base closures to get rid of unnecessary facilities and save $1.4 billion.

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 08:56am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Congress is taking its first real action on whether or not to accept the cost-saving ideas DoD put forward in its 2015 budget proposal. And so far, it looks like Congress will shred those proposals. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu writes about the annual National Defense Authorization Act in the latest edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook. He described some of the initial reactions from Congress so far.

Monday - 05/05/2014, 06:51pm EDT
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Rob Levinson, Senior Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The military is putting more resources into covert programs. The Pentagon asks Congress for nearly $54 billion for classified, special access and intelligence programs. That would be an increase of 2.2 percent at a time when most other spending would be flat. Rob Levinson, senior defense analyst for Bloomberg Government, explained the "secret spending" to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Monday - 05/05/2014, 11:16am EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: NDAA takes shape, DoD's budget plans under sequestration

"Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook" is biweekly feature focused on news about the Defense Department and defense community as gathered by Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Friday - 05/02/2014, 06:46pm EDT

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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