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Audits Scheduled

The DoD has awarded contracts to independent public accounting firms to conduct audits of current year appropriated funds for all of the military services.

Friday - 12/05/2014, 01:41pm EST

Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

The big national defense authorization bill is moving through Congress. It passed the House yesterday, and the Senate is expected to take it up next week. In purely military spending terms, the bill is a mixed bag. Some programs and platforms get plus-ups, others get cuts. Todd Harrison is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He's been studying the bill, and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to analyze the bill's winners and losers.

Friday - 12/05/2014, 07:58am EST
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Mixed news in military sexual assaults report

Mixed news in latest report on military sexual assaults _ some good, some bad

Friday - 12/05/2014, 05:50am EST

Jessica Wright, DoD's under secretary for personnel and readiness, retires

After a 40-year career in government, Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness Jessica Wright announced her retirement to President Obama and DoD Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday. As under secretary, Wright oversaw personnel matters for DoD's workforce and called for reforms to stop sexual assaults in the military.

Friday - 12/05/2014, 04:40am EST

Obama to announce defense secretary pick Friday

Obama turning to seasoned defense operative as choice for Pentagon chief

Thursday - 12/04/2014, 09:56pm EST

Hagel to address sexual assault among troops

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel releases a report Thursday on the Department of Defense's recent progress in addressing sexual assault.

Thursday - 12/04/2014, 10:28am EST

OFPP's Rung rolls out 3-pronged acquisition improvement plan

Office of Federal Procurement Policy administrator Anne Rung has released a memo detailing a road map to create a new model for federal contracting. The administration will expand the concept of category management across the government, while also developing a cadre of IT acquisition experts and revamping the government's relationship with its vendors.

Thursday - 12/04/2014, 06:00am EST
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Pentagon casts wide net to build its next long-range technology strategy

New request for information kicks off DoD's long-range R&D planning initiative, an effort to regain technological superiority that Defense officials fear is rapidly eroding.

Thursday - 12/04/2014, 03:47am EST
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Iran joins bombing campaign

In an unusual turn of events, Iran has joined the U.S. in bombing ISIL, but it's not something the U.S. set up.

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 06:07pm EST

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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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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