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Bob Lohfeld, CEO, Lohfeld Consulting Group

Frank Kendall, the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, is setting limits for when to use lowest price/technically acceptable procurement strategies. He says there are only four conditions when LPTA is appropriate to use. Bob Lohfeld is CEO of the Lohfeld Consulting Group, former chaiman of ACT-IAC. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the new limits may be a sign DoD is trying to phase out LPTA.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:13pm EDT
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Phil Carter, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

38 members of the think tank community -- from all across the ideological spectrum -- are signatories to an open letter on Defense Department reform. Philip Carter is director of the Military, Veterans and Society Program at the Center for New American Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained his input as one of the signers of the letter.

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 04:15pm EDT
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Lt. Gen. David W. Barno (Ret.), American University

President Barack Obama has nominated Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. When confirmed, he'll succeed retiring Army Gen. Martin Dempsey. But what can we expect from the man nicknamed "Fighting Joe?". Retired Army Lt. Gen. Dave Barno was a senior American commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, and is now a visiting scholar at American University. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to outline some of the challenges Dunford will be facing.

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 09:51am EDT
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Obama chooses Marine general as Joint Chiefs chairman

Obama selects Marine general as Joint Chiefs chairman; led Afghan war effort

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 09:02am EDT

Thomas M. Brady, Director, Department of Defense Education Activity

Everyone wants to prepare their child for life after school, whether that means college or something else. That's where College and Career Readiness standards come into play. They outline what a child should know and be able to do from kindergarten through the end of high school. Tom Brady is the director of the Department of Defense Education Activity. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the CCR standards.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 10:41am EDT
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DoD grants new security approvals to 23 cloud providers

On Monday, the Pentagon made good on its promise to make more use of the government's FedRAMP process, certifying 23 cloud products as secure enough to host DoD low-level data.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 05:21am EDT

Pentagon accused of withholding information about sex crimes

Senator: Sex-related crimes in military 'vastly underreported' as victims struggle for justice

Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:36pm EDT

Tamar Hallerman, Acquisitions Reporter, Roll Call

The House passes the first spending bill of the year to fund military pay and benefits programs, and to pay for DoD's housing and equipment infrastructure. The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs bill is usually one of the easiest appropriations bills to pass, but this year it drew far less support than usual. Tamar Hallerman is appropriations reporter for Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the lack of support could signal a overall tough appropriations process this year.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:35pm EDT
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House adopts compromise GOP budget targeting 'Obamacare'

House adopts compromise GOP budget targeting 'Obamacare,' boosting Pentagon

Friday - 05/01/2015, 01:00pm EDT

White House punts on military retirement reforms, House presses for changes

The Obama administration said Thursday that it not yet ready to express its views on key military compensation issues including health care and retirement, even after two years of study. A key House committee says retirement has been studied enough.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 04:20am EDT
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TRICARE revamp rejected, other benefit changes backed

White House rejecting TRICARE revamp; backing retirement, other changes to military benefits

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 11:40pm EDT

John Harvey, Secretary of Veterans & Defense Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth

The military branches have a template that civilian agencies could use to build their workforces for the next decade. Retired Navy Adm. John Harvey is Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He's former Commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the tools civilian and uniformed leaders in the military will have to build a workforce for the year 2025, and how both forces will collaborate in the coming decade.

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:02pm EDT
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Military-style personnel system could smooth path to next-generation workforce

Retired Navy Adm. John Harvey, a former commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command and currently the secretary of of Veterans and Defense Affairs for the Commonwealth of Virginia, said too much civilian workforce planning is left to chance. A more structured approach and funding would make a huge difference, he said.

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 04:04pm EDT
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Army Reserve says it risks losing status as ‘operational' force

Reductions to training and modernization funding are already beginning to jeopardize the Army Reserve's place as an operational force within the Army, the reserve's top officer warned Congress Wednesday, threatening his force's ability to deploy in support of active duty troops.

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 12:40pm EDT
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Bills you should know about: Whistleblowers, bad apples and trolls

Congress has introduced lots of bills recently affecting federal agencies and employees. We summarize them for you here.

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 11:19am EDT

Lynne Bernabei, Partner, Bernabei & Watchel

A Defense comptroller reported wrongdoing at the Defense Information Systems Agency and was removed from his position. Now, Sens. Chuck Grassley and Mark Warner want Defense Secretary Ash Carter to launch a full investigation. They say Jimaye Sones' demotion from comptroller to working on accounting software is a clear case of whistleblower retaliation. As part of this week's Legal Loop, Lynne Bernabei, a partner at the law firm Bernabei and Watchel, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further explore this case.

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 09:54am EDT
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Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow for Defense Studies, CSBA

Nearly 40 defense think-tank experts urge the Pentagon to consider a long list of reforms. They agree that base closures, changes to the DoD civilian workforce and military compensation reform are essential to maintaining a strong national defense over the long term. Todd Harrison is senior fellow for Defense studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He coordinated the latest letter, and joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to elaborate on what's inside it.

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 09:40am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Over the last two decades, the Army has made decisions to make its reserve forces "operational" ones. The reserves participate in contingencies around the world even in peacetime, instead of having the Army only call them up in emergencies. But the chief of the Army Reserve says funding cuts are already beginning to relegate his force to the "strategic" reserve of decades gone by. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 04:20pm EDT
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Roger Zakheim, Counsel, Covington and Burling

The House Armed Services Committee might be opening the door to another round of BRAC with next year's National Defense Authorization bill. The Military Readiness subcommittee wants DoD to draw up a 20-year plan that compares its expected force structure to its future infrastructure needs. Roger Zakheim is a counsel at Covington and Burling. He's former general counsel and deputy staff director for the House Armed Services Committee, and former deputy assistant secretary of Defense. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered ways the committee might mark up the 2016 defense authorization bill.

Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 04:14pm EDT
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Military services cite advances in credentialing members for civilian jobs

An early series of pilot programs to translate military skills to private-sector credentials has blossomed into hundreds of projects across the military services, officials said Tuesday.

Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 04:16am EDT
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