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Steve Grundman, George Lund Fellow, Atlantic Council

The Defense Business Board said the Pentagon can reduce its spending by $125 billion by getting rid of contracts, offering early retirements and modernizing its business operations. The Board is looking specifically at large commercial firms like Lockheed Martin and Pepsi Co. as inspiration for how to modernize DoD's business portfolio. Steve Grundman is M.A. and George Lund Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and former DoD assistant secretary for industrial affairs and installations. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the Pentagon should be wary of following examples from those large firms.

Tags: Steve Grundman , DoD , contracting , In Depth

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 04:15pm EST
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DoD intel chief Vickers gives cyber premier priority status

Michael Vickers, the undersecretary of Defense for intelligence, said cybersecurity and terrorism are his top two short- and long-term concerns. He said protecting space-based systems is becoming more important than ever. Vickers also wants to continue to transform the military intelligence community to meet ever-changing threats.

Tags: Technology , Cybersecurity , Michael Vickers , DoD , ODNI , insider threat , continuous evaluation , Workforce , Jason Miller

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 04:22am EST
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Alex Ward, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council

Almost all the pieces are in place to move some meaningful defense acquisition reform. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) are the new chairmen of the Armed Services committees in Congress, and they both have a body of work in that subject. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Frank Kendall, are on board with an acquisition overhaul. And the likely nomination of Ash Carter as the new Defense Secretary puts the man behind the Better Buying Power concept at the top job of the Pentagon. Alex Ward is assistant director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council. He's also my guest for Pentagon Solutions today. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the anticipation for reform is mostly just hype.

Tags: Alex Ward , Congess , Armed Services Committee , In Depth , DoD

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 04:22pm EST
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August Cole, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

New acquisition initiatives are out from the Air Force. The search for innovation in acquisition takes many IT leaders in government to Silicon Valley. August Cole is Director of the Art of Future War program in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council. He's also a writer-in-residence at Avascent. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the defense industrial base should engage Silicon Valley.

Tags: August Cole , Air Force , acquisition , In Depth

Friday - 01/16/2015, 04:38pm EST
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Air Force to reshape 'cost curve' via targeted acquisition reforms

A new series of acquisition changes called "Bending the Cost Curve" aims to make the overall Air Force acquisition process more responsive to technological advances, and reduce the time it takes to buy major weapons systems. The Air Force Research Lab will host a technology challenge program with the largest award in military history.

Tags: Air Force , Deborah Lee James , acquistion , Bending the Cost Curve , Better Buying Power , Industry , contracting , challenges , Bill LaPlante , Air Force Research Laboratory , Cost-cutting analysis program , plugfest , Jared Serbu

Friday - 01/16/2015, 04:00am EST

Jay Healey, Director, Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Atlantic Council

Cyber attacks come in three different flavors, at least when it comes to figuring out who's behind the attack. That's according to Jay Healey -- he's director of Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the three flavors of cyber attribution.

Tags: Jay Healey , Technology , Cybersecurity , In Depth

Friday - 01/09/2015, 04:57pm EST
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Steve Grundman, Fellow, Atlantic Council

The Senate might confirm Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's replacement in less than a month. At the moment, chances look good for former deputy defense secretary Ash Carter to take the helm at the Pentagon. Steve Grundman is George Lund fellow for emerging defense challenges for the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. He's also former deputy defense undersecretary for industrial affairs and installations. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Steve tells Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley Congress has an opportunity to appoint a leader who wants change.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Steve Grundman , Top 3 for 2015 , Congress , Ashton Carter

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 05:24pm EST

August Cole, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

The new Call of Duty video game comes out on Nov. 4. The concepts in that war game are similar to the modeling and simulation training tools the Department of Defense uses. Art may be another way to approach understanding the future of war fighting. August Cole is a Senior Fellow for the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council. He moderated a discussion with the writer Dave Anthony called the Future of Unknown Conflict, and is Director of the new Art of Future War project. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the relationship between art and military strategy.

Tags: August Cole , In Depth

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 04:17pm EDT
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Mat Burrows, Director, Strategic Foresight Initiative, Atlantic Council

Preparing for events before they happen has been a task that national security and intelligence officials in government have done to varying degrees of success. One source of preparation material is the Global Trends document from the National Intelligence Council. Mat Burrows is director of the Strategic Foresight Initiative at the Atlantic Council. His new book is "The Future Declassified: Megatrends that will Undo the World Unless We Take Action." It's an extension of the work he did on Global Trends. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what the Global Trends document is and who reads it.

Tags: Mat Burrows , National Intelligence Counci , In Depth

Monday - 09/15/2014, 04:09pm EDT
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Jay Healey, Director of Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Atlantic Council

Back in 2012, then-defense secretary Leon Panetta warned of a catastrophic cyber attack that could cripple an entire nation or its military. He called it a cyber Pearl Harbor. It was emblematic of a lot of the conventional wisdom that's built up around cyber warfare over the past decade or so. In a recent op-ed, Jay Healey challenges some of that conventional wisdom. Healy is director of Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he argued not only is deterrence possible in cyberspace, it's been a reality for a couple decades now.

Tags: Jay Healey , In Depth , Cybersecurity

Friday - 08/08/2014, 03:38pm EDT
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