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3:25 pm, May 5, 2015

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Dr. Charles O'Connell, Director, Air Force Historical Research Agency

Last week marked the death of a great, if largely forgotten, American. Robert Hite was a co-pilot in the legendary Doolittle's bombing raid over Tokyo in the midst of World War II. Doolittle's Raiders shattered the idea that Japan was invulnerable and changed the psychology of the war. Hite's oral history has been preserved by the Air Force Historical Research Agency. Its director, Charles O'Connell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more of what the agency does.

Monday - 04/06/2015, 10:04am EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Congress watches over military voting, Air Force staff cuts

In this edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has asked the GAO to review the Federal Voting Assistance Program, the DoD office in charge of helping military members and civilians living abroad cast their ballots. Plus, Sen. John McCain, sends a letter to the Air Force accusing it of engaging in a shell game with its workforce.

Monday - 04/06/2015, 03:50am EDT

New number two in Air Force secretariat

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has tapped the Air Force's Eric Fanning to be his chief of staff, creating some movement in Air Force leadership.

Monday - 04/06/2015, 03:39am EDT

AP: US special ops forces skeptical women can do their job

Surveys find that men in U.S. special operations forces do not believe women can meet the physical and mental demands of their commando jobs, and they fear the Pentagon will lower standards to integrate women into their elite units, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Monday - 04/06/2015, 03:36am EDT

McCain says Air Force's headquarters cutbacks are illusory

Sen. John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee,has sent a letter to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James accusing the Air Force of engaging in a "shell game that simply moved money to fund the same positions elsewhere in the service."

Monday - 04/06/2015, 03:32am EDT

Lawmakers seek new review of military voting assistance program

Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have sent a unanimous, bipartisan letter to the Government Accountability Office asking for a new review of the Federal Voting Assistance Program, the DoD office in charge of helping military members and civilians living abroad cast their ballots. The committee notes that GAO has issued several reports on FVAP since 2001, but says that "continued management attention to FVAP still remains a priority."

Monday - 04/06/2015, 03:20am EDT

The federal hiring market in 2015

Talent acquisition manager Mike Bruni will discuss job trends in the federal government, the kinds of workers that agencies need, and how to land a job in what is a competitive and challenging federal market.
April 3, 2015

Friday - 04/03/2015, 06:41pm EDT
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DoD breaks mobile security roadblock

The Defense Department is in the final stages of a test to show how derived credentials from the Common Access Card can secure smartphones and tablet computers. Richard Hale, the deputy CIO for cybersecurity, boldly predicts that by the end of the calendar year the military will be issuing derived credentials on mobile devices.

Friday - 04/03/2015, 04:35am EDT
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Air Force charges new cyber task force with looking for threats in core missions

Task Force Cyber Secure will attempt to apply the same degree of rigor and oversight DoD uses for its computing networks to everything else that's vulnerable to cyber threats, including weapons systems and industrial control systems. The Air Force is following in the footsteps of the Navy to ensure cybersecurity is everyone's responsibility.

Friday - 04/03/2015, 03:44am EDT
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Nick Guertin, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy

The Navy is applying its 20-year-old open systems architecture strategy to a new class of ships. The OSA strategy tackles acquisition and system development in a modular way, so the Navy can customize weapon systems and designs throughout the lifecycle of the program. Nick Guertin is director of transformation in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said open systems architecture is even more valuable today because it also drives down costs.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 04:18pm EDT
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Dakota Wood, Senior Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation

The United States could find itself in military conflicts in three regions: Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The "Index of U.S. Military Strength" from the Heritage Foundation says the U.S. military is only well-equipped enough to protect American military interests in Europe. Dakota Wood is senior research fellow of defense programs at the Heritage Foundation, and editor of the Index of Military Strength. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained that and other findings from the Index.

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 04:17pm EDT
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Rich Wilkinson, Vice President for Client Services, NeoSystems

The Defense Contract Audit Agency has a backlog of around five years worth of Incurred Cost Submissions it needs to audit. The Government Accountability Office, the DoD Inspector General and Congress have all been critical of DCAA's inability to address the backlog. Now the agency is taking aggressive, and somewhat unusual, measures to address the problem. A policy memo went out recently with requirements for the agency's auditors; attached was a list exposing around 1,000 delinquent contractors. Rich Wilkinson is vice president for client services for NeoSystems. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how contractors should handle the situation.

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 09:00am EDT
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Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow for Defense Studies, CSBA

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will propose a 401k-like retirement program for uniformed military personnel this week. USA today reports the goal is that everyone that leaves the military takes away a retirement fund, even if they don't stay in 20 years. Todd Harrison is senior fellow for defense budget studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he compared the idea to the work he's done on compensation and the work the Military Compensation Commission did.

Monday - 03/30/2015, 04:13pm EDT
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Pentagon chief mulls easing military enlistment standards

Carter considers easing US military enlistment standards; seeks better recruiting, retention

Monday - 03/30/2015, 03:13am EDT

Beth McGrath, Federal Practice Director, Deloitte

If Congress passes the defense acquisition reform bill, introduced by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry this week, it won't be enought to fix the defense acqusition system. And he's the first to admit that. But the legislation does attempt to chip away at what Thornberry views as clear problems, including a lack of clear lines of authority, and too much paperwork. Beth McGrath, federal practice director of Deloitte and former deputy chief managment officer for the Defense Department, tells In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu what she thinks of the bill.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 03:58pm EDT
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AP Exclusive: Special ops troops using flawed intel software

AP Exclusive: Special ops troops headed to war zones using flawed intel analysis software

Friday - 03/27/2015, 04:10am EDT

Navy seeks data analytics to help overhaul personnel practices

The Department of the Navy plans to use one of the three projects in its Innovation Cell to create data analytics for talent management. The goal of the cell is to rapidly acquire commercial IT by involving industry early in the requirements process.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 03:51am EDT
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Trey Hodgkins, Senior Vice President of Public Sector, ITAPS

Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry, wants to alter the chain of command in the defense acquisition reform process. But his reform bill also zeroes in on the Pentagon's IT acquisition process. Trey Hodgkins is senior vice president for public sector at the Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said those details of the bipartisan bill will help the Defense Department keep its technological edge.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 04:12pm EDT
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Brian Bouffard, Military Defense Counsel

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will face a court martial on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. He's the soldier who wandered away from his unit in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban for five years. Desertion can carry a death penalty, but the military hasn't executed anyone for 50 years. So what can we expect from Beghdahl's trial? Brian Bouffard, a former Navy JAG and now a military defense attorney, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 06:11am EDT
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Jerry Hendrix, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program, CNAS

The House and Senate Budget Committees are working through plans today that would add funds to the Overseas Contingency Operations budget. But the White House has already said President Barack Obama won't sign a budget with a huge increase in OCO funding. Long-term financial planning for the military is one aspect of a long-term strategy detailed in a new work called "Avoiding Trivia: A Strategy for Sustainment and Fiscal Security." Retired Navy Capt. Jerry Hendrix is the author and senior fellow and director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program at the Center for a New American Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Jerry explained where the term "avoiding trivia" comes from and how it applies to military strategy.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 04:43pm EDT
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