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DoD News

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: DoD taking own path with cloud security, Treasury's Reger joins OMB

In this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller explores how DoD is developing its cloud security standards and Treasury is filling a financial management void.

Friday - 03/28/2014, 02:31pm EDT

On DoD: Reshaping the Army Corps of Engineers

Lt. Gen Thomas Bostick, the Army Corps of Engineers' commanding general, talks about changes coming to the Corps as a result of the military and budget draw downs.

Friday - 03/28/2014, 12:58pm EDT
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Another budget quandary for DoD: What if war funding dries up?

Military officials say overseas contingency operations dollars are vital to ongoing operations around the world, even after the wars end. All the services tell the House Armed Services Committee that OCO funding is helping with readiness and maintenance challenges.

Friday - 03/28/2014, 03:44am EDT
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Cuts to military pay and benefits can't wait, Pentagon tells Congress

Defense officials say they are eagerly awaiting next year's report from a congressionally-chartered commission that's currently examining military compensation. But officials say intense pressure on the top-line defense budget demands significant changes to personnel spending.

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 04:30am EDT
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Navy: Sailor died at Va. base protecting colleague

Navy: Slain sailor jumped in front of colleague during gunfight at Virginia base

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 08:58pm EDT

Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy

The Littoral Combat Ship program is struggling to stay afloat financially. But Congress has another concern. The ships themselves might be easy to sink. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus testified before the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee on the Navy's budget request yesterday. Subcommittee member Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.) asked him to explain how this is possible if the LCS is supposed to be the ship of the future.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 05:34pm EDT
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Rob Levinson, Senior Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The most expensive defense program ever, the F-35 fighter plane, is running into more problems. The Government Accountability Office says software delays could force the Marine Corps to push back its roll out scheduled for next year. What's more, the auditors say the Defense Department will have to spend more than $12 billion annually on the program for the next 22 years. For more on the future of the F-35 program, Federal Drive host Emily Kopp spoke to Rob Levinson, a senior defense analyst for Bloomberg Government. Read our related story.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 01:49pm EDT
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Costliest defense program in history faces further problems, delays

A new Government Accountability report finds that the DoD will have to spend $12 billion annually over the next 22 years on the F-35 program. Rob Levinson, Bloomberg Government senior defense analyst, explains the impact.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 11:47am EDT

DoD deputy CIO Carey to retire

Rob Carey, the principal deputy CIO at the Defense Department, will retire after 31 years in government. He is at least the seventh high level and long-time federal technology official to leave government in the last six months.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 08:53am EDT

Army foresees another drop in military readiness if sequestration returns

The Army says it is now replacing funds in its readiness accounts that were depleted when cuts under sequestration first kicked in a year ago. But last year's readiness problems are likely to repeat in 2016 and beyond if Congress allows the automatic Defense cuts in current law to persist.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 04:09am EDT
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Navy: Base shooting suspect didn't have own weapon

Navy: Base shooting suspect didn't bring own weapon; disarmed petty officer, then shot sailor

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 02:58am EDT

Just a test: Anacostia-Bolling trains for active-shooter attack

The hallways of a building at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling echoed with the sounds of gunfire last month as part of a training exercise to help base law enforcement personnel prepare for an active-shooter event.

Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 02:26pm EDT

Col. Robert Mortlock, Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment

The Army has a wardrobe problem. For years, the service has tried to improve its camouflage uniforms. But the process has been plagued by financial, technical and political problems. While that project stalls, the Army's PEO Soldier Unit is developing armor, helmets and other equipment for warfighters. Col. Robert Mortlock, program manager for the Army's Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment office, spoke with the Federal Drive's Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the latest efforts on the Army's wardrobe front.

Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 01:57pm EDT
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Cristina Chaplain, Government Accountability Office

If you ask the Defense Department, its acquisition process for missile defense is a glass half full. The Government Accountability Office says that might be an overly optimistic way of looking at it. Cristina Chaplain, director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the Government Accountability Office, talks to In Depth with Francis Rose about a new GAO report.

Monday - 03/24/2014, 06:22pm EDT
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Lou Crenshaw, Owner, Crenshaw Consulting Associates

Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of Naval Operations, is creating a task force to draw up recommendations for alternatives to the Littoral Combat Ship. That program has driven controversy since its inception from both a cost and operational perspective. Retired Vice Adm. Lou Crenshaw, principal of Crenshaw Consulting Associates, discussed the program on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 03/24/2014, 05:25pm EDT
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Admiral: Navy is not pushing for BRAC

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert says he doesn't see a great need for the Navy to go through another round of base closures.

Monday - 03/24/2014, 11:39am EDT

DoD discloses budget for missing plane search

The Pentagon budgeted 4 million dollars to help Malaysia authorities look for flight MH370 which went missing on March 8th. The USS Kidd, an Arleigh-Burke-class destroyer and two Navy spy planes, the P-3 Orion and the more advanced P-8 have participated in the search. The Kidd has since returned to its normal assignments. Pentagon spokesman Steve Warren said on Friday, DoD had spent 2.5 million dollars at that point in the search.

Saturday - 03/22/2014, 07:09pm EDT

DoD assisting in search for missing plane

What's the U.S. military doing to help in the search for a missing Malaysian plane? "We're putting as much effort into it across the scope of our capabilities as is needed. says Rear Admiral John Kirby, Pentagon press secretary. "I wouldn't get into the specifics of each and every one of those tools , because some of those tools we don't talk about," said Kirby. But he assured reporters in the Pentagon briefing room, "When the Malaysians are asking for help, for information, or whatever data, if we can provide it, if we can help them, we are helping them."

Saturday - 03/22/2014, 07:07pm EDT

DOD raising security levels

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says the DoD is going to have to raise the level of security from within because of threats coming from people who are trusted insiders. he made the statement during the release of a review into the Navy Yard shooting. It said Navy contractor Aaron Alexis could've been prevented from killing 12 people if the company that employed him had told the Navy Alexis was having problems in the months before.

Saturday - 03/22/2014, 07:03pm EDT

Reset or Regret?

Has the US "reset" with Russia turned to regret? After the unimpeded takeover of Crimea, by Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, the White House now has to decide whether actions that did not Russia from claiming Crimea can stop further regional Russian incursions. And if they continue to prove insufficient, what would it take to stop Putin?

Saturday - 03/22/2014, 07:03pm EDT
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