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11:44 pm, March 28, 2015

DoD News

Reaching a Pentagon budget deal: From wishful thinking to reality

Two former DoD comptrollers say a two-year defense budget deal could achieve President Barack Obama's goal of eliminating sequestration.

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 11:33am EST
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Nora Bensahel, School of International Service, American University

President Barack Obama has petitioned Congress for new authority to conduct military force against Islamic State militants. He's asking for a three-year authorization to fight them, or their successors, without regard for international borders. Nora Bensahel, a national defense expert and distinguished scholar-in-residence at American University, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further analyze the President's request.

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 09:36am EST
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Jacob Stokes, Bacevich Fellow, Center for a New American Security

The White House has released its 2015 National Security Strategy. It highlights America's recovery from the financial crisis and the importance of leading in a challenged world. It also focuses on how the Defense Department will execute the rebalance to Asia and the Middle East. Jacob Stokes, a fellow at the Center for a New American Security, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer more analysis, as well as explain what separates this version from 2010's.

Monday - 02/16/2015, 09:54am EST
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Navy can't afford to fix all of its cyber vulnerabilities, so time to prioritize

A task force assigned to take a holistic view of the Navy's cybersecurity posture catalogues security holes across the Navy enterprise, and concludes that plugging each one would cost an absurd amount of money.

Monday - 02/16/2015, 04:20am EST
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Navy brings IT, business, innovation under one roof

The Department of the Navy is taking a more corporate approach to meeting the ever-changing mission needs with technology, said Maura Sullivan, the Department of Navy's chief of strategy and innovation.

Friday - 02/13/2015, 05:45pm EST
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Rear Adm. Peter Fanta, Director, Naval Surface Warfare

The USS Kauffman is now the last of its breed. The 453-foot Navy ship is on a six-month deployment that marks the final mission for any Navy frigate. All the rest have been decommissioned. Kauffmann will follow suit when it returns from Central America in September. Rear Adm. Peter Fanta, the Navy's director of Surface Warfare, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the rationale behind the decommissioning, the policy behind it and how the Navy intends to replace the frigates.

Friday - 02/13/2015, 09:54am EST
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Ebola response by NGA marks first step in 'unprecedented' move toward data transparency

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency wants a collaborative arrangement with commercial entrants into the GEOINT business - and promises it will do its part by sharing as much as possible.

Friday - 02/13/2015, 04:07am EST
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Senate confirms Obama's pick for Pentagon chief

Senate confirms Ash Carter, Obama's choice for defense secretary

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 05:58pm EST

Mandy Smithberger, CDI Straus Military Reform Project, POGO

The Air Force is campaigning to get rid of the A-10 aircraft program. But the numbers it's using to justify killing the A-10 aren't the real numbers, according to Mandy Smithberger. She's director of the CDI Straus Military Reform Project for the Project on Government Oversight. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she expained why that is.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 04:36pm EST
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Obama asks fresh war powers, says IS group 'going to lose'

Obama asks fresh, limited war powers, vows that Islamic State group 'is going to lose'

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 03:14am EST

Michael Vlahos, Professor, U.S. Naval War College

The new National Security Strategy details, among other things, how the Defense Department will execute the rebalance to Asia and the Middle East. But the last National Security Strategy in 2010 didn't predict some important world events that have happened since that strategy was released. Michael Vlahos is a professor in the Strategy and Policy Department at the U.S. Naval War College. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why the National Security Strategy is an important document, and what you should consider when you read it.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 04:41pm EST
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Andre Gudger, Acting DASD for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy

Encouraging competition is a key component of the latest iteration of Better Buying Power at the Defense Department. The agency has a new point man to connect with the defense industrial base. Andre Gudger is acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for manufacturing and industrial base policy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the steps the Pentagon will take to improve its relationship with the defense industrial base.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 04:22pm EST
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Work: DoD needs funding boost, but fixing readiness will take years

The military services say they've made some progress against the readiness levels they lost when sequestration first struck in 2013. The Pentagon's second- ranking official said Tuesday that momentum needs to be maintained, but DoD's challenges are as much about time as about money.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 04:17am EST

White House asking authorization for military to fight IS

Obama wants congressional backing to fight Islamic State, without 'enduring offensive combat'

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 04:04am EST

3 Navy rear admirals reprimanded in corruption scandal

Three Navy rear admirals linked to a massive bribery scandal that cost the government at least $20 million have been reprimanded but will not face criminal charges, the Navy announced Tuesday.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 02:40am EST

Laura Miller, Senior Military Sociologist, RAND Corporation

The Defense Department provides a number of programs to support military families. One program focuses on spouses, who face a number of challenges in developing a career. The My Career Advancement Account is designed to help military spouses further their education, and secure better employment. But a new study shows only one in five spouses uses the program. Laura Miller, a senior military sociologist at the RAND Corporation, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on MyCAA, and why it's not more widely used.

Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 09:53am EST
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Steve Anderson, Principal Scientist, Naval Surface Warfare Center

A Navy scientist won the 2014 NATO Science and Technology Organization's Scientific Achievement Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to aerospace science and technology or aerospace systems applications. The winner was Steve Anderson, a Principal Scientist with the Naval Surface Warfare Center. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to detail how he won.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 09:02am EST
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DoD energy use falls to lowest level on record

Energy has been a hot topic within DoD for the last several years, with each of the military services pledging to reduce their overall consumption and get at least 20 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2020.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:03am EST

Army to soldiers: get some sleep

As part of a major public health campaign called the "performance triad" the Army wants its soldiers to have healthy exercise, nutrition and sleep routines.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 03:45am EST

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Army to soldiers: get some sleep; DoD energy use falls to lowest level on record

In this week's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, the Army wants its soldiers to have healthy exercise, nutrition and sleep routines and DoD energy use falls to lowest level on record. Also in this edition...

Monday - 02/09/2015, 03:37am EST
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