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10:45 pm, May 28, 2015

DoD News

GOP budget bills aim to bolster DoD funding, cut government waste

Republican lawmakers released their Fiscal Year 2016 budget plans this week, containing increased spending for the Pentagon, cuts for non-Defense operating budgets and a hike in federal employees' contributions to their retirement plans.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 04:46pm EDT

Military leaders express misgivings about House plan to boost their budget

Pentagon officials are adamant that sequestration-level spending is incompatible with the current Defense strategy. But, they also have serious concerns with the plan House Republicans released this week to boost Defense funding, saying it would limit their options and keep the military in a state of budget uncertainty.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 04:00am EDT
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House, Senate panels adopt balanced-budget plans

House, Senate panels adopt budget plans but defense, spending hawks remain at odds

Friday - 03/20/2015, 03:14am EDT

Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith, Deputy Chief of Staff, Army Reserve

As one of the military's highest-ranking women and its first openly gay general, Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith, has a busy speaking calendar, especially around this time of year. It's women's history month. Smith is the deputy chief of staff of the Army Reserve, which prides itself on having women in 95 percent of its occupations. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp asked Smith whether she thought the Army Reserve was more welcoming to women than other parts of the military.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 04:50pm EDT
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DoD now emphasizes cost over quantity in data center consolidation

Pentagon's updated approach to data center consolidation will focus on new factors, including the capability of IT services, not just numerical inventory.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 04:29am EDT
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Doug Wiltsie, PEO, Enterprise Information Systems, Army

Two priorities shape the way the United States Army will drive its business: Warfighting and enterprise information environment mission areas. Those priorities are more important in an Army where human power, and budget, is getting smaller. Doug Wiltsie is program executive officer for Enterprise Information Systems for the Army. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Doug laid out three priorities for 2015 and he says the first one is uninterrupted capability delivery.

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 04:14pm EDT
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DoD pursues back-office savings ahead of potential cuts from sequestration

The Defense Business Board outlines three approaches for the Pentagon to save $125 billion across six administrative areas. Defense Deputy Secretary Bob Work said the 90-day study will help his department improve productivity as sequestration looms.

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 04:05am EDT
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GOP offers $3.8T budget that boosts defense, cuts elsewhere

GOP offers $3.8T budget that boosts defense spending, cuts elsewhere and balances in 10 years.

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 12:54am EDT

Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak, Assistant Chief of Staff, Air Force

The Air Force owns a huge stockpile of intercontinental ballistic missiles and bombers that are quickly aging in place. It owns two out of three legs of the US nuclear triad; the Navy owns the third. Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak, assistant chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration for the Air Force, tells Federal News Radio's Jason Fornicola how the service is modernizing its two legs of the US nuclear triad.

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 04:59pm EDT
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Gary Schmitt, Co-Director, Marilyn Ware Center for Strategic Studies, AEI

The House of Representatives released its fiscal 2016 budget proposal. It would parse back the strict spending limits on the Defense Department while keeping in place a range of cuts for domestic programs. Gary Schmitt is co-director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Strategic Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, and former staff director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he broke down the House Budget Committee's plan.

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 04:36pm EDT
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House GOP budget calls for increase in feds' retirement contributions

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) released his $3.8 trillion budget plan, which includes language calling for an increase to federal employees' contributions to their retirement plans. All federal employees would pay 6.6 percent of their pay into their retirement plans. The bill also increases funding to the Defense Department's Overseas Contingency Operations fund, while keeping total DoD spending under sequestration caps.

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 03:06pm EDT

Dr. Wendy Dean, Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine Program Management Office, U.S. Army

You might remember Charla Nash. She's the woman who was horribly disfigured when attacked by a friend's pet chimpanzee back in 2009. The Pentagon has been closely watching her long recovery. More than watching, actually. The Army has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars of Nash's medical bills. The hope is Nash's ordeal can help the military learn to care for disfigured soldiers returning from war. Dr. Wendy Dean, a medical advisor in the Army's Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine Program Management Office, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the effort and what the military hopes to learn.

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 10:41am EDT
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Bryan McGrath, Managing Director, FerryBridge

The new maritime strategy for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard relies on four key tenets that shape how the services will face future challenges. Bryan McGrath, a former naval officer, is managing director of the FerryBridge Group, and assistant director of the Hudson Center for American Seapower. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said those four ideas will not only cause debate among strategy purists in the defense community, but they also cement the legacy of Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathon Greeenert.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 04:46pm EDT
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Aboulafia: DoD can't do much about industrial base consolidation

The U.S. Air Force will award a contract for a long-range strike bomber this year. That contract could completely change the landscape of the aerospace industry, according to Richard Aboulafia. He's vice president of analysis at the Teal Group Corporation. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said if there's only one thing to pay attention to in the aerospace industry this year, this contract is it.

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 04:29pm EDT
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1 Black Hawk crashed in fog, killing 11; Another turned back

Deadly training: Black Hawk crashed, killing 11, after another turned back due to bad weather

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 04:32am EDT

Army plans large reductions in service contract support

Cuts to service contracts are part of an Army-wide push to use soldiers and civilians for jobs that had been outsourced by necessity during wartime, officials said Wednesday.

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 04:00am EDT
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Ward: Imagination, incentive are the keys to weapons of tomorrow

Trying to predict the future isn't the best way to prepare for future threats. Instead the Defense Department should focus on becoming a master at responding to new and unforeseen challenges. That's according to retired Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Ward, the author of "FIRE: How Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained, and Elegant Methods Ignite Innovation." On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered ways to speed up DoD's acquisition response time and innovation.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 04:37pm EDT
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Bobby Smart, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Air Force

Military contractor requirements seem simple enough: Get the right material to the right location on time. Some contractors are better at it than others. It's true that you get what you measure, which is why the military branches have the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS). They use it to create an incentive program to spur on suppliers. Bobby Smart, the Air Force's deputy assistant secretary for Acquisition Integration, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain how the system works.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 09:06am EDT
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Mike Sullivan, Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues, GAO

The Defense Department couldn't provide reliable data on many of its current Acquisition Category II and III programs. That's according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Those programs include everything from a multi-billion dollar radar modernization program to soldier clothing. Mike Sullivan, the director of acquisition and sourcing management at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the report.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 09:03am EDT
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Army to deal with budget cuts by sharing services with local communities

The military already has shown it can improve services on bases through public-private partnerships. As budgets shrink, the next task is to partner with local governments.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 04:25am EDT
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