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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

Kenneth Myers, Director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency is beefing up its nuclear support mission to meet the expectations of DoD's 2014 Nuclear Enterprise Review. A new nuke-focused directorate will tackle oversight, investment, personnel and training, as recommended in the review. Director Kenneth Myers announced the directorate last week at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. It'll be fully operational in just a few days. On the Federal Drive, Myers told Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson why a nuclear directorate is needed.

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 09:05am EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: House works on NDAA bill; Carter asked to probe alleged retaliation

In this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook, language explicitly barring another BRAC round appeared last week in the House readiness subcommittee's contribution to the annual Defense authorization bill. The full House Armed Services Committee will begin to mark up the bill this week. The legislation would order DoD to draw up a 20-year plan that compares the force structure it expects to have with the precise categories of infrastructure it will need, indicating that lawmakers might be willing to consider some infrastructure consolidations once the department identifies where the excesses are in more granular detail.

Monday - 04/27/2015, 05:22am EDT

Navy assigning more high-level attention to small business in all of its programs

The military services, like Congress, are concerned about losing their small suppliers, particularly when they provide critical parts that are must-have components of modern weapons systems.

Monday - 04/27/2015, 05:03am EDT

Pentagon seeks to speed up its investigations of official misconduct

The DoD IG believes that investigations into alleged misconduct by DoD officials can be cut roughly in half by 2017 if the department follows the recommendations it delivered in a report released publicly last week.

Monday - 04/27/2015, 04:55am EDT

Senators ask Carter to probe alleged retaliation against former DISA comptroller

Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) wrote to Defense Secretary Ash Carter asking him to launch an investigation into possible whistleblower retaliation.

Monday - 04/27/2015, 04:50am EDT

Petraeus sentenced to 2 years' probation for military leak

Ex-CIA chief Petraeus gets 2 years' probation, fine for sharing military secrets with mistress

Friday - 04/24/2015, 11:20am EDT

New Pentagon strategy warns of cyberwar capabilities

For first time, Pentagon publicly lays out cyberwarfare capabilities in case of conflict

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 08:08pm EDT

Pentagon's new cyber strategy looks to Silicon Valley

The cyber policy revisions, which Ashton Carter will announce during a speech at Stanford University, will be the first significant update since 2011, when the department issued its first-ever cyber strategy. Carter's visit to Silicon Valley is the first such trip in 20 years for a Defense secretary. Officials say the pilgrimage is meant to build tighter partnerships between DoD and the tech sector it depends on for cybersecurity and technology innovation.

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 04:03am EDT
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Brig. Gen. Sarah Zabel, Cyberspace Strategy & Policy, U.S. Air Force

Chief information officers are engaging more than ever in agency mission delivery. Part of the problem, at least in the military, is historic and structural, according to Brig. Gen. Sarah Zabel. She's director of cyberspace strategy and policy in the Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Air Force. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained the history behind the separation between mission and IT, and how to bring them together to help fight wars.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:30pm EDT
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Paula Thornhill, Director, Strategy and Doctrine Program, RAND

A collaboration experiment between civilian academics and military officers leads to an unexpected discovery. The RAND Corporation says the two groups both felt intimidated by each other. Paula Thornhill, director of the Strategy and Doctrine Program and senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why colleagues need to shed underlying doubts about each other to achieve true collaboration.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:28pm EDT
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Bryan Clark, CSBA, and Bryan McGrath, Ferrybridge Group

The Navy has five financial opportunities to modernize its fleet, according to Bryan Clark, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and former special assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations. He was one witness at a hearing of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces. The other witness at the hearing was Bryan McGrath, managing director of the FerryBridge Group, and former director of the Navy Strategic Actions Group. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they talked about what the committee asked -- and what they didn't ask.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:16pm EDT
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Everett Pyatt, McCain Institute, Arizona State University

The Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry, proposes incremental steps to reform the defense acquisition process. But his ideas are just treating the symptoms of a dysfunctional system and don't address the root problems, according to Everett Pyatt, leader of the Project for Defense Management and Acquisition Leadership for the McCain Institute at Arizona State University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he identified conceptual flaws in the system that need to change to make defense acquisition reform permanent.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:13pm EDT
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Officials: Ex-Pentagon spokesman to move to State Department

Former Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby will retire from the military and move to the State Department to be that agency's new public face, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 02:17pm EDT
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