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7:22 am, October 2, 2014

Army News

Soldier pleads guilty to role in fake referral bonus scheme

A National Guard sergeant was one of 24 individuals who pleaded guilty in a defrauding scheme that cost the Army National Guard more than $30,000 in loses.

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 05:38pm EDT

Sgt. Maj. Ray Chandler, U.S. Army

The military has doubled-down on efforts to prevent sexual assault. They've labeled this month "Sexual Assault Awareness Month." It's a topic Sgt. Maj. of the Army Ray Chandler brings up whenever he visits soldiers. He says "Take back your Army" from those who commit sexual assault. Chandler told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp some of the most recent statistics about sexual assault in the Army.

Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 10:21am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army broke ground last week on what will become the Defense Department's largest solar energy project ever. The Fort Huachuca, Ariz., solar project will provide the Army with renewable energy at no additional cost to the government. As Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports, the Army sets aside dozens of acres of southern Arizona land for the solar panels. In exchange for the land, a local utility company will build and operate them. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 09:44am EDT
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Army breaks ground on DoD's biggest solar project to date

The Fort Huachuca, Ariz., solar project will provide the Army with renewable energy at no additional cost to the government. The solar panels are expected to provide 18 megawatts of electricity, enough to light a small-sized city.

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 04:12am EDT
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Amanda Simpson, Executive Director for Energy Initiatives Task Force, Army

The Army breaks ground Friday on a giant solar array at sunny Fort Huachuca in Arizona. Once built, it will provide about a quarter of the energy needed to power the mid-sized base. It will be the largest solar project in the military's portfolio for a while. Amanda Simpson, executive director for the U.S. Army's Energy Initiatives Task Force, described the scope of the project to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Friday - 04/25/2014, 10:36am EDT
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Army shrinking the size of its workforce

The Army says it must shrink to 490,000 by October 2015, and then to 450,000 two years later. If automatic budget cuts resume, the Army will have to reduce to 420,000. The Associated Press reports while a lot of the reduction may come from voluntary retirements, resignations and decreased enlistments, Army commanders will have to force as many as 3,000 officers to leave by the end of October 2015. Of those, nearly 1,500 are captains, 550 are majors.

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 08:46am EDT

Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett (Ret.), president, National Guard Association

An independent commission to make recommendations about the restructuring of the Army isn't meeting with much welcome from Army leaders. But it does have some support. Retired Army Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, president of the National Guard Association, is one of the most outspoken advocates for the outside commission. He told In Depth with Francis Rose the Army needs an outside look before it downsizes.

Monday - 04/21/2014, 06:01pm EDT
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DoD's latest efficiency push revolves around service contracting

A group of functional domain experts are reaching out to the military services and agencies to look at service contracting spending across 12 areas. The Defense Department's goal is to use strategic sourcing to improve how it buys in these categories. The Army created a governance board to bring together all stakeholders during specific points of the acquisition process to find opportunities to collaborate.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 04:25am EDT

Gen. Ray Odierno, Army Chief of Staff

The Defense Department's overall budget will shrink by a combined $900 billion by fiscal year 2021, according to Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno. He tells the Senate Armed Services Committee how the Army will absorb more than $260 billion in cuts during that span. On Pentagon Solutions, Odierno says the Pentagon is creating a Total Army Solution for the looming budget cuts.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 05:48pm EDT
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Fort Hood gunman's attack mystifies hometown

Fort Hood gunman described as friendly, 'laid-back' and passionate about music

Friday - 04/04/2014, 04:50am EDT

Gunman kills 3, wounds 16 at Fort Hood Army base

Gunman opens fire at Fort Hood, killing 3 and wounding 16 on base that was attacked in 2009

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 04:45am EDT

Text of Obama's remarks on Fort Hood shooting

Text of President Barack Obama's remarks on shooting at Fort Hood, Texas

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 09:41pm EDT

Gen. John Campbell, Vice Chief of Staff, Army

A tight budget is forcing the Army to cut its ranks by at least 70,000 people over the next five years. The Army also has to let go of some weapons programs to keep its spending levels down. Those plans could come at the cost of military readiness.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:08pm EDT
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Army spends $500 million per year on vacant facilities

The Army is the first service to begin an analysis of its excess real estate after a Congressional prohibition against even studying the subject expired. Early results show up to a quarter of its stateside infrastructure isn't being used right now, and the Army will need even less as it shrinks in size.

Monday - 03/31/2014, 04:01am EDT
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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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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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DoD accelerates cybersecurity upgrade in Europe

The Pentagon will complete the Joint Regional Security Stacks in the European theater by the end of this year, two years earlier than planned. DoD already has begun to construct this regional cyber approach in the U.S. as part of its Joint Information Environment program.

Friday - 03/21/2014, 05:07am EDT

U.S. general spared prison in sexual misconduct case

The Army general at the center of a sexual misconduct case that put the military justice system itself on trial was spared prison Thursday and sentenced to a reprimand and a $20,000 fine -- a punishment legal experts, a women's group and members of Congress decried as shockingly light.

Friday - 03/21/2014, 03:16am EDT

Col. Chris Cross, director, Science and Technology Division in the Army's Capabilities Integration Center

An update about how robotic, unmanned vehicles will augment brigades of the future.

Thursday - 03/20/2014, 09:37am EDT
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Army prepares to undergo its first large-scale financial audit

The Army hopes to follow behind the Marine Corps in successfully passing a partial audit of its financial statements. While the service acknowledges it's unlikely to get a clean opinion on the first go-round, it is confident enough in its internal controls to give it a try.

Thursday - 03/20/2014, 05:08am EDT
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