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2:37 pm, July 12, 2014

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Bill Greenwalt, fellow, American Enterprise Institute

A six-step plan for acquisition reform for the Defense Department.

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 06:37pm EDT
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White House backs 13 recommendations to improve security clearance process

Six months after 34-year-old IT contractor Aaron Alexis opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard killing 12 people, concerns about missed red flags in his background and gaps in the security clearance process are now turning into action. The Obama administration released the findings of a interagency review of the federal security clearance process Tuesday. Among the 13 recommendations for shoring up the system are continuously evaluating clearance holders rather than relying on infrequent check-ups and improving investigators' access to state and local police records.

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 04:28pm EDT

Pentagon reviews find Navy Yard shootings were preventable

Newly-released results of three parallel investigations into last September's Washington Navy Yard shootings point to serious gaps in the government's own security process. But the Navy's review finds the killings could have been prevented if the shooter's employer had disclosed troubling details about his recent behavior.

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 04:13pm EDT
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Morning Glory headed back to Libya

Pentagon says the vessel is now underway towards Libya it's expected to take four days to enter Libyan territorial waters. The USS Stout is escorting, the Morning Glory. Two AK-47s were found aboard. The SEALs have departed the ship. There are 25 STOUT crew members aboard MORNING GLORY. Three Libyan detainees remain under U.S. custody.

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 10:26am EDT

Lt. Gen. Richard Newton, former assistant vice chief of staff, U.S. Air Force

As the combat mission in Afghanistan comes to a close, the awards process is up for review.

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 09:24am EDT
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Dorice Favorite, director, Navy Alcohol and Drug Prevention Program

The Navy's newest approach to responsible drinking is only a download away.

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 09:06am EDT
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Jeremy Herb, staff writer, The Hill

The Defense Department's civilian workforce is in Congressional crossfire.

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 09:01am EDT
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Gender allowances urged in the military

Transgender military personnel --at least a dozen nations, including Australia, Canada, England and Israel, allow them to serve. Transgender rights advocates have been lobbying the Pentagon to revisit the blanket ban in the U.S. since Congress in 2010 repealed ``don't ask, don't tell,'' the law that barred gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals from openly serving in the military.

Monday - 03/17/2014, 11:55am EDT

Pullout may not be necessary

The U.S. has threatened to pull all troops out of Afghanistan by the end of the year, because Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign the a new status of forces agreement. But that may not be necessary, because the 33,600 U.S. forces still deployed are covered by an existing status-of-forces agreement. The arrangement took effect shortly after 9/11 as the U.S. engagement there started. That agreement has no expiration date and prevents U.S. military personnel from being prosecuted under Afghan law.

Monday - 03/17/2014, 11:53am EDT

Lt. Commander Keith Benson, program director, Naval District Washington

The Naval District Washington creates a new culture of energy consumption.

Monday - 03/17/2014, 10:10am EDT
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Air Force says readiness problems will last through 2023

Air Force officials say their service already was facing readiness issues because of the high operational tempo of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But sequestration worsened the problems, and continuing the budget caps will set back a readiness recovery.

Monday - 03/17/2014, 06:50am EDT
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What can USPS learn from TRICARE in funding retiree health care costs?

As lawmakers consider efforts to shore up the Postal Service's financial footing, there's still widespread disagreement over whether the current requirement for the agency prefunding requirement is fiscally responsible, as Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) argued during a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing Thursday, or an "onerous mandate" only required of the Postal Service, as Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) contended.

Friday - 03/14/2014, 02:48pm EDT

Cyber Command headed toward unified command status

Gen. Keith Alexander, who will soon retire as the first commander of U.S. Cyber Command, said his organization has matured to the point that it should join the club of unified commands that report directly to the President.

Friday - 03/14/2014, 04:00am EDT
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Staff Sergeant Alexandra Springman, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

The Air Force celebrates the retirement of one of its own - doggie style.

Thursday - 03/13/2014, 01:40pm EDT
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Military facilities get shorted as part of DoD's tough 2015 budget choices

The Pentagon's 2015 budget request includes sharp cuts in funding for construction and maintenance on military bases, which congressional appropriators immediately denounced. But Defense officials say they could do a better job of maintaining military bases if they were allowed to close they ones they no longer need.

Thursday - 03/13/2014, 04:14am EDT
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Service members should be worried about FY 2015 budget

Vice Admiral Norb Ryan, president of the Military Officer's Association of America, was Francis Rose's guest for Pentagon Solutions.

Wednesday - 03/12/2014, 06:28pm EDT
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On DoD: Army Fit

Lt. Col. Daniel Johnston, an Army physician and the program manager for Army Fit, talks to DoD Reporter Jared Serbu about the Army's technology platform that it hopes will take the service's comprehensive resilience effort further.

Wednesday - 03/12/2014, 04:01pm EDT
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APNewsBreak: Defense contractor to plead guilty

A civilian defense contractor accused of giving military secrets to a Chinese girlfriend half his age will be entering a guilty plea, his attorney said Tuesday.

Wednesday - 03/12/2014, 02:32pm EDT

Who are the winners and losers in the 2015 budget?

Cameron Leuthy, senior budget analyst at Bloomberg Government, will give us his take on the President's 2015 budget request.
March 11, 2014

Tuesday - 03/11/2014, 09:28pm EDT
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U.S. urges China to split with Russia over Ukraine

The Associated Press says President Barack Obama is pressing China's to support the U.S. plan to isolate Russia over its military intervention in Ukraine. The AP reports, "With official comments from China appearing studiously neutral since the Ukraine crisis began, President Barack Obama spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping late Sunday in a bid to get Beijing off the fence."

Monday - 03/10/2014, 05:47pm EDT
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