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9:31 pm, December 19, 2014

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Several top-level DoD nominees under Senate review

The Senate Armed Services Commitee is reviewing a group of new White House nominees to fill top-level positions at the Defense Department. The list includes DoD's general counsel position, the commander of Pacific Command and three assistant secretary positions.

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 05:14pm EST
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Adm. John Harvey, Veterans Affairs Secretary, Virginia Commonwealth

Upgrades are coming at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota that are a long time coming. The Military Times reports the nuclear weapons facility there has maintanance, upkeep, and infrastructure problems. Retired Navy Adm. John Harvey is Virginia's Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security, and former commander of Fleet Forces Command. He led a team along with retired Air Force Gen. Lawrence Welsh to look at the nuclear enterprise. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his thoughts about how the nation's nuclear enterprise is in the news all of a sudden.

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 04:24pm EST
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Phyllis Wilson, Command Chief Warrant Officer, U.S. Army Reserve Command

Phyllis Wilson is the Command Chief Warrant Officer of the Army Reserve. She talked about the program and the Reserve's broader plans for 2015 with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu on this week's On DoD.

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 02:41pm EST
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House passes NDAA deal with pay raise, higher co-pays for troops

The House passed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act deal Thursday. The House and Senate Armed Services Committees arrived at a compromise over troop benefits in the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act that will give soldiers a 1 percent pay raise, as well as a $3 increase in most prescription co-pays. House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) released a summary of the ups and downs of this fiscal year's $585 billion NDAA, expected to be finalized before Congress leaves for the holidays.

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 12:17pm EST

Likely Pentagon nominee earned stripes quiet way

Obama's expected pick to lead wartime Pentagon earned his defense stripes the quiet way

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 11:40am EST

Jim Talent, American Enterprise Institute

After at least two leading candidates took their names out of contention for Defense Secretary, the President turned to Ashton Carter, a former deputy secretary. Carter first worked as a civilian analyst in the 1970s, and holds degrees in physics and medieval history. He held policy positions in both the Clinton and Obama adminsitrations. What can the military expect from a Secretary Carter? Former Senator Jim Talent, now a senior fellow and director of the National Security 2020 Project at the American Enterprise Institute, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss.

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 08:38am EST
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Cheap IT, dwindling maintenance leave Navy vulnerable to cyber threats

Defense Department doctrine makes clear that cyberspace is a military domain, just like air, land, space and sea. But the Navy's top cyber officer said the procurement system hasn't yet caught onto that notion.

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 04:33am EST
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AP sources: Lawmakers agree on $585B defense bill

AP sources: Lawmakers agree on $585B bill with training for Syrian rebels, Iraqi forces

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 09:30pm EST

Bill Greenwalt, visiting fellow, American Enterprise Institute

President Barack Obama is going to name a replacement for outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. The White House expects to formally nominate former Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter to lead the Pentagon later this week. Bill Greenwalt is a visiting fellow at the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared insight on the challenges Carter will have to address if Congress confirms him.

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 05:04pm EST
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AP: Ash Carter chosen as next Defense secretary

According to the Associated Press, President Barack Obama has chosen Ashton Carter as his nominee to be next Defense secretary, putting him in line to take over for Chuck Hagel who resigned last week. Carter has served in the past as both the Deputy Secretary of Defense and as the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 11:12am EST

US troops warned about social media accounts

The Pentagon says the FBI and DHS have issued guidance to U.S. military personnel warning them to be careful with the social media accounts.

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 08:40am EST

Jo Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary for Civil Works, Army

Wednesday is the five-year anniversary of the Army Corps of Engineers Veterans Curation Program. The program gives veterans a chance to learn new skills that will help them transition to civilian jobs. Jo-Ellen Darcy is assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained how the program started, and why they're celebrating.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 04:28pm EST
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Insight from the Navy's PEO EIS

What are the strategic priorities for the Navy's PEO for Enterprise Information Systems? How is the Navy balancing cost with systems capability? What is the Navy's PEO EIS doing to realize greater operational effectiveness? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Victor Gavin, Program Executive Officer for Enterprise Information Systems within the U.S. Department of the Navy.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 12:00pm EST

Darci Marchese, Reporter, WTOP

Returning from war can be difficult for service members. Those who leave with physical and mental wounds often face long recovery times. The Warrior Canine Connection is trying to make that process a bit easier. Reporter Darci Marchese, from Federal News Radio's sister station WTOP, reports on the extraordinary journey that's helping to turn dogs into healers.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 09:56am EST
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DoD trying to remove the haze around its use of commercial clouds

The Department of Defense recently released the results of a 45-day study, detailing three new approaches to help military services and agencies ensure the security of the commercial clouds they use.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 04:04am EST

FedRAMP developing a FISMA high baseline in 2015

The Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program will send a draft baseline standard for FISMA high systems around the government for comment in the next month. Matt Goodrich, the acting director of the FedRAMP program, said the high-impact baseline would apply only to non-classified technology systems as characterized under the Federal Information Security Management Act.

Friday - 11/28/2014, 07:33am EST
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Dan Goure, Vice President, Lexington Institute

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says his new Defense Innovation Initiative will find creative ways for America's military to stay the best in the world. Dan Goure is vice president of the Lexington Institute. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said Secretary Hagel, and whoever winds up replacing him, are wise to remember the story of King Canute and the waves when it comes to innovation at the Pentagon.

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 04:43pm EST
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Tom Donnelly, Co-Director, AEI

A new Defense Secretary likely won't get a confirmation hearing until after the 114th Congress convenes in January. Some people use the word opportunity to describe the change coming to DoD. Tom Donnelly is Co-Director of Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. He writes in the Weekly Standard under the title the Hagel Opportunity. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said there are actually two opportunities with the departure of Secretary Hagel.

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 04:30pm EST
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Art therapy opens up creative world for recovering soldier

While receiving therapy for a traumatic brain injury, wounded warrior discovers artistic talent he never knew he had.

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 04:19pm EST

Bill Lynn, CEO, Finmeccanica North America

A "Big Dog" is the latest icon in the effort to bring more innovation into the Defense Department. But the Big Dog may be on its way out of the Pentagon, instead of on its way in. Bill Lynn is CEO of Finmeccanica North America and DRS Technologies and former deputy secretary of defense. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Bill explained what "Big Dog" is, and the message about defense acquisition in its story.

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 04:08pm EST
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