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Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein, Commander, 20th Air Force

The Air Force recently completed a test launch of one of its Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missiles. The 5,000 mile flight test was supported by Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and several other contractors. So how does the Air Force maintain readiness of the ICBM fleet? How can it assure the Commander-in-Chief that in the unlikely event of a real launch, the 40-year-old missiles would go where they're supposed to? Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein, Commander of the 20th Air Force, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the test flight and the ICMB program.

Tags: Jack Weinstein , Northrop Grumman , Lockheed Martin , ICBM , 20th Air Force , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , DoD

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 12:30pm EST
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Changes to CIO role, a $37 million financial audit, and review of LPTA contracts

In this week's "Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook," the Pentagon is making some adjustments to the role of its chief information officer; DoD awards contracts for its first large-scale financial audit; the Pentagon's acquisition chief says a few high-profile "lowest-price technically acceptable" cases have blown the whole thing out of proportion and Jessica Wright, who's served as the undersecretary of Defense for personnel and readiness since January 2013, announced that she'll be retiring at the end of March.

Tags: DoD , Inside the DoD Reporters Notebook , technology , financial management , acquisition , chief information officer , Terry Halvorsen , audit readiness , Randall Culpepper , Jessica Wright

Monday - 12/08/2014, 04:08am EST

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.

Tags: DoD , audit , Army , KPMG , Ernst & Young , Cotton and Company

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

House passes NDAA deal with pay raise, higher co-pays for troops

The House passed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act deal Thursday. The House and Senate Armed Services Committees arrived at a compromise over troop benefits in the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act that will give soldiers a 1 percent pay raise, as well as a $3 increase in most prescription co-pays. House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) released a summary of the ups and downs of this fiscal year's $585 billion NDAA, expected to be finalized before Congress leaves for the holidays.

Tags: NDAA , Buck McKeon , John McCain , DoD , pay and benefits , Barack Obama , budget , Congress , House Armed Services Committee , Senate Armed Service Committee

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 12:17pm EST

Former airman accused of stealing classified government files

After executing a search warrant, authorities seized more than 40 items from John Sember's home.

Tags: Crime of the Week , John Sember , theft , Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Friday - 11/07/2014, 02:32am EST

Cut, consolidate, modernize: A new mantra for Air Force apps

The Air Force needs to cut the number of applications it has on its network.

Tags: Frank Konieczny , application rationalization , platform-as-a-service , Red Hat , Carahsoft , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller

Friday - 10/17/2014, 04:55pm EDT

Army, Air Force reach first milestone in shared cybersecurity system

The Army and Air Force are using a shared network security infrastructure at Joint Base San Antonio as of Sept. 14. It's a major step toward the Defense Department's goal of moving base-level cybersecurity operations to a more defensible, centrally-managed architecture.

Tags: DoD , technology , cybersecurity , Army , Michael Krieger , Douglas Wiltsie , John Morrison , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 05:01am EDT
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Deborah Lee James, Secretary, Air Force

The Air Force has a list of priorities for fiscal year 2015. They include eliminating 21 general officer billets, addressing the problems with an aging fleet of aircraft and dealing with a budget designed to shrink the force. Still, Secretary Deborah Lee James says the service is in good shape. As the Air Force celebrates its 67th birthday, James gave Tom Temin a status report on the Federal Drive.

Tags: Deborah Lee James , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 10:17am EDT
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At 67, Air Force in good shape, but faces some uncertainty, James says

After eight months on the job, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin that even though the service is in good shape, it still faces uncertainty around its budget, overseas operations and readiness.

Tags: Deborah Lee James , DoD , budget , readiness , Islamic State , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:10pm EDT
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Air Force needs more strategic planning to meet budget constraints

The Air Force can't afford the programs it thinks it will need over the next decade. The service's top officer says it's time to reexamine priorities, with a realistic view of the funding it will get from Congress.

Tags: DoD , readiness , Mark Welsh , Deborah Lee James , budget , strategic plan , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:34am EDT
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