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Nora Bensahel, School of International Service, American University

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has nominated senior officers to lead the Army and Navy. He recommends Adm. John Richardson to be the next chief of Naval operations, and Gen. Mark Milley to be the Army's next chief of staff. Both now face Senate confirmation. What sorts of challenges will they face atop these military branches? Nora Bensahel, a distinguished scholar-in-residence at American University, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

Tags: Nora Bensahel , American University , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , DoD , Army , Navy , John Richardson , Mark Milley

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 08:54am EDT

Pentagon's new cyber strategy looks to Silicon Valley

The cyber policy revisions, which Ashton Carter will announce during a speech at Stanford University, will be the first significant update since 2011, when the department issued its first-ever cyber strategy. Carter's visit to Silicon Valley is the first such trip in 20 years for a Defense secretary. Officials say the pilgrimage is meant to build tighter partnerships between DoD and the tech sector it depends on for cybersecurity and technology innovation.

Tags: DoD , Technology , cybersecurity , U.S. Cyber Command , U.S. Digital Service , In-Q-Tel , industry , innovation , Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 04:03am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Defense Secretary Ash Carter will unveil a new Pentagon cyber strategy today. It's expected to revise his department's approach to cyberspace to account for a number of technological and policy changes over the last several years. Officials say Carter also will announce several new initiatives intended to make DoD more capable of adopting cutting-edge commercial technologies for the protection of its networks, and build tighter linkages between the department and Silicon Valley. DoD reporter Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further preview the plan.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , DoD , cybersecurity ,

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 09:44am EDT

Carter opens door to more DoD civilian job cuts

Ashton Carter, the new Defense secretary, told lawmakers this week that most of DoD's civilian workforce is performing mission-critical functions. But large budgets over the past decade have let the department do a lot of hiring without much thought toward cutting outdated positions, he said.

Tags: DoD , Workforce , Congress , sequestration , Deborah Lee James , Mark Welsh , House Appropriations Committee , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:42am EST

Kirby to step down as chief Pentagon spokesman

The Pentagon's chief spokesman is leaving as Ash Carter takes over as the new defense secretary.

Tags: John Kirby , DoD , Chuck Hagel , Navy

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 06:10pm EST

New defense chief vows to protect troops' safety, dignity

Tags: DoD

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 08:58am EST

Carter promises 'leaner' Pentagon if confirmed as Defense secretary

Ashton Carter, President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next Defense secretary, told senators that cost overruns and needless overhead spending 'must stop,' but so must arbitrary caps on Defense spending.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Senate Armed Services Committee , John McCain , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 12:24pm EST

Obama's pick to run Pentagon grilled on Capitol Hill

Tags: DoD , budget

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 09:12am EST
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