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Lt. Gen. David W. Barno (Ret.), School of International Service, American University

Defense spending would get a 7.7 percent boost in 2016 under President Obama's proposed budget. Officials say the department is still feeling the disruption of reduced spending and sequestration cuts from recent years. The 2016 proposal includes funding for a broad range of weapons systems, missile defense and a 1.3 percent raise for service members and department civilians. Lt. Gen. Dave Barno (Ret.) was a senior American commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, and is now with American University. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more analysis.

Tags: David Barno , American University , DoD , budget , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 09:32am EST
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USAID suspends awards to Virginia-based contractor

The main U.S. foreign assistance agency on Monday suspended awards to a non-governmental organization that has received more than $1 billion for its work in Afghanistan and Iraq the past nine years.

Tags: USAID , contracting , Iraq , International Relief and Development , management , oversight

Monday - 01/26/2015, 08:30pm EST

Linda Robinson, senior analyst, RAND Corporation

The war in Afghanistan and the 9/11 terrorist attacks are the two best recent examples of asymmetric warfare, according to the RAND Corporation. So now it's looking at the last 13 years to see how U.S. military strategy evolved, and to see if it offers clues on how best to change it in the future. Linda Robinson is senior international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. She offered extensive analysis on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: Linda Robinson , RAND Corporation , asymmetrical warfare , In Depth , Francis Rose , DoD

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 02:36pm EST

Gene Aloise, Deputy Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

Most of the troops are coming home, but that doesn't mean there isn't still work to do in Afghanistan. Every year, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) assembles a "high risk" list. It outlines which areas of the reconstruction effort are most vulnerable to waste, fraud and abuse. The list also helps the armed services focus their reconstruction efforts and correct problems. Deputy SIGAR Gene Aloise joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this year's findings and their implications.

Tags: Gene Aloise , SIGAR , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , waste fraud abuse , oversight , DoD

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 11:12am EST
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Hagel meets with Brownlee

New Zealand Minister of Defense Gerry Brownlee visited the Pentagon this week. During his meeting with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Hagel praised the growth of the bilateral defense relationship and expressed appreciation for New Zealand's support for the coalition fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Tags: Chuck Hagel , Gerry Brownlee , New Zealand , ISIL , Resolute Support ,

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 09:39am EST

Military granted approval to target Taliban

President Barack Obama has approved guidelines in recent weeks to allow the Pentagon to target Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, broadening previous plans that had limited the military to counterterrorism missions against al Qaeda after this year.

Tags: Barack Obama , Taliban , DoD , Al Qaeda , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 09:24am EST

The Taliban winning and losing

The Taliban are able to launch suicide attacks and over-run small villages in remote areas, but when it comes to taking over Afghanistan, Gen. John Campbell commander of ISAF and U.S. forces-Afghanistan says the only real success the Taliban have been able to achieve lately is the media war.

Tags: Taliban , ISAF , John Campbell , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 10:54am EST

GAO: Length of DoD withdrawal from Afghanistan to surpass Iraq

The Department of Defense expects a longer and possibly a more costly withdrawal of Army and Marine Corps equipment from Afghanistan than in Iraq, according to a Government Accountability Office report released on Tuesday.

Tags: Jory Heckman , DoD , GAO , Iraq , Army , Marine Corps

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 12:05pm EDT

On DoD: John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

On this week's On DoD, John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, says the role of an IG is to effectuate change. In his words, "If it's worth publishing, it's worth publicizing."

Tags: John Sopko , Jared Serbu , On DoD , SIGAR , inspector general , DoD

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 03:00pm EDT
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