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2:29 pm, September 17, 2014

DoD News

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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Lt. Tim Hawkins, Spokesperson, Navy Submarine Force

A few hours change in sleep patterns might not seem like a big deal. But for members of the Navy's silent service, it could have major implications. The Navy has given commanders the green light to change submariners' sleep schedules, so that they more closely resemble life above the ocean's service. Now, sailors' work days will begin every 24 hours, instead of every 18 hours. Lt. Tim Hawkins, a spokesman for the submarine force, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what prompted the changes.

Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 10:10am EDT
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John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

Corruption and instability in Afghanistan threaten to derail billions of dollars of U.S. aid. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko recounts the problems in a new report to Congress. His team investigated $31 billion worth of programs and projects during the first three months of this year. Sopko told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp some of the mistakes discovered through the report.

Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 09:47am EDT
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Dr. Maren Leed, Senior Adviser, CSIS

A few years after then-Defense secretary Robert Gates put the Marine Corps' variant of the F-35 fighter on "probation" because of poor performance, the Marine Corps is optimistic about the plane's future and the rest of the aviation portfolio. That's the message the service's top aviation official delivered to the Center For Strategic And International Studies yesterday. Dr. Maren Leed, senior adviser at CSIS, hosted the event. She tells Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu the Marine Corps' aviation programs are looking healthier than most other areas of weapon system acquisition in DoD.

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 06:39pm EDT
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Dr. Mica Endsley, Chief Scientist of the Air Force

The Air Force could be facing a perfect storm of personnel issues when it comes to scientific talent. It's hard to attract young scientists to government work over a higher paid industry job. Dr. Mica Endsley, chief scientist of the Air Force, tells In Depth with Francis Rose that as many senior officials seek early retirement, the Air Force is looking at a gap in its pipeline of future leaders in the science and engineering fields.

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 06:15pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army broke ground last week on what will become the Defense Department's largest solar energy project ever. The Fort Huachuca, Ariz., solar project will provide the Army with renewable energy at no additional cost to the government. As Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports, the Army sets aside dozens of acres of southern Arizona land for the solar panels. In exchange for the land, a local utility company will build and operate them. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 09:44am EDT
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Hagel seeks clarification in Russia's intent

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel spoke Monday by phone with Russia's Minister of Defense. The two leaders discussed a wide range of issues related to the situation in Ukraine, with Sec. Hagel requesting clarification of Russia's intentions in Eastern Ukraine. Sergei Shoygu reiterated his assurance that Russian forces would not invade Ukraine. Sec. Hagel emphasized how dangerous the situation remains and expressed his desire to find a responsible way forward. Regarding recent actions by Ukrainian security forces, Sec. Hagel reiterated the right of the government of Ukraine to preserve law and order within its own borders.

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 09:33am EDT

Army breaks ground on DoD's biggest solar project to date

The Fort Huachuca, Ariz., solar project will provide the Army with renewable energy at no additional cost to the government. The solar panels are expected to provide 18 megawatts of electricity, enough to light a small-sized city.

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 04:12am EDT
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General Dynamics secures $17.65B contract with Navy

General Dynamics' subsidiary Electric Boat will be responsible for building 10 additional Virginia-class submarines as part of a $17.65 billion contract with the Navy.

Monday - 04/28/2014, 11:30pm EDT

DoD CIO Teri Takai to step down in May

Teri Takai will leave this week after serving as CIO since 2010. Takai assumed her current role in November 2010 after the Pentagon recruited her from California, where she had been serving as that state's CIO. She held the same job for the state of Michigan prior to that. She made the announcement about her departure this morning at a Chief Information Officers' Council meeting.

Monday - 04/28/2014, 01:34pm EDT

Jackie Maffucci, Research Director, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

The Defense Department's efforts to prevent suicide have borne some fruit. The overall rate dropped by 15 percent last year. But that good news masks some trouble in the Army National Guard and Reserve. There, the rate increased, leaving some to question whether the Defense Department is reaching those who don't live on base. It's even harder to say whether recent veterans are benefiting from the efforts. Jackie Maffucci, research director at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, explained the numbers to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Monday - 04/28/2014, 10:19am EDT
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Lt. Ben Kohlmann, Chief of Naval Operation's Rapid Innovation Cell

Need a syringe or an oil cap? Press "print." The Navy has installed a 3-D printer on an assault ship for just those types of emergencies.The pilot test is aboard the USS Essex, an amphibious assault ship. Lt. Ben Kohlmann, a member of the Chief of Naval Operation's Rapid Innovation Cell, is one of the officers responsible for putting the printer in the sailors' hands. He told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how the 3-D printer got on board.

Monday - 04/28/2014, 09:29am EDT
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Ukrainian airspace violated

Russian fighter jets flew into Ukraine several times last week. It's not clear what the intent was, but the aircraft may have been testing Ukrainian radar. The West has threatened additional sanctions against Russia if it continues its aggressive behavior in Ukraine.

Monday - 04/28/2014, 08:32am EDT

Amanda Simpson, Executive Director for Energy Initiatives Task Force, Army

The Army breaks ground Friday on a giant solar array at sunny Fort Huachuca in Arizona. Once built, it will provide about a quarter of the energy needed to power the mid-sized base. It will be the largest solar project in the military's portfolio for a while. Amanda Simpson, executive director for the U.S. Army's Energy Initiatives Task Force, described the scope of the project to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Friday - 04/25/2014, 10:36am EDT
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Military buildup in Eastern Ukraine continues

The Pentagon sharply criticized Russia's latest announcement on Thursday, the Associated Press reports. DoD is concerned that Russia is, "starting military drills near the border with Ukraine and called on Moscow to take steps to lower, not escalate, tensions. Moscow has said the drills were a response to Ukrainian operations against pro-Russian separatists and NATO exercises in eastern Europe."

Friday - 04/25/2014, 08:52am EDT

Pentagon sees new risks to industrial base during current spending downturn

The Defense Department and the industries it depends on have made their way through budget downturns before, but this one is different. Both budgets and threats are uncertain.

Friday - 04/25/2014, 04:43am EDT
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Steve Ryan, Corporate Litigator at McDermott, Will and Emery

The Defense Department is not keeping track of all the senior officials who leave for jobs with contractors. Congress requires those officials, including flag officers and generals, to get written legal opinions before moving on. Lots of paperwork involved. But at DoD, the inspector general says the database that tracks the moves is incomplete. In this week's Legal Loop, Steve Ryan, an experienced corporate litigator and head of the government strategies practice at McDermott, Will and Emery, talks to Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the revolving door at the Pentagon.

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 11:11am EDT
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Sailor to be recognized as a hero

Petty Officer Mark A. Mayo will be posthumously awarded the Navy Marine Corps Medal on Friday at Arlington National Cemetery. Mayo, 24, was killed during a shooting incident at Naval Station Norfolk Monday, Mar. 24, where he was assigned to Naval Security Forces. The Navy and Marine Corps Medal is the highest non-combat decoration awarded for heroism by the United States Department of the Navy to the members of the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. Vice Admiral Mark Ferguson, vice chief of naval operations, will present the award to Mayo's family in a private ceremony prior to the burial.

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 08:38am EDT

Despite objections, Air Force sees no good alternatives to eliminating aircraft fleets

Members of Congress aren't happy with the Air Force's proposal to cut entire fleets of aircraft out of its inventory. But the service insists it's the only way to comply with the budget caps Congress created, and the alternatives would be far more painful.

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 06:38am EDT
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Mackenzie Eaglen, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

The military's Vice Chiefs of Staff tell Congress the pressure they're under because of budget cuts and the potential return of sequestration in Fiscal 2016 is killing their ability to fight two wars. But Congress doesn't appear to want to pull back on capability, only on money. Mackenzie Eaglen, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, writes in US News and World Report about why the chiefs are so concerned about the funding curve. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose, too much mission and too little money worries the Vice Chiefs of the military.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 05:19pm EDT
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