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Roger Zakheim, Counsel, Covington and Burling

The House Armed Services Committee might be opening the door to another round of BRAC with next year's National Defense Authorization bill. The Military Readiness subcommittee wants DoD to draw up a 20-year plan that compares its expected force structure to its future infrastructure needs. Roger Zakheim is a counsel at Covington and Burling. He's former general counsel and deputy staff director for the House Armed Services Committee, and former deputy assistant secretary of Defense. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered ways the committee might mark up the 2016 defense authorization bill.

Tags: Roger Zakheim , Covington and Burling , DoD , In Depth , Congress

Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 04:14pm EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: House works on NDAA bill; Carter asked to probe alleged retaliation

In this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook, language explicitly barring another BRAC round appeared last week in the House readiness subcommittee's contribution to the annual Defense authorization bill. The full House Armed Services Committee will begin to mark up the bill this week. The legislation would order DoD to draw up a 20-year plan that compares the force structure it expects to have with the precise categories of infrastructure it will need, indicating that lawmakers might be willing to consider some infrastructure consolidations once the department identifies where the excesses are in more granular detail.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Inside the DoD Reporters Notebook , DoD , NDAA , Oversight

Monday - 04/27/2015, 05:22am EDT

With or without BRAC, DoD's footprint is shrinking

In the absence of congressional authorization for another BRAC round, the Pentagon contemplates "alternative options" for base closure. Meanwhile, defense communities see fewer personnel spread across the same number of bases.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Installations , Association of Defense Communities , John Conger , Mike McCord , Jeff Fortenberry , Tim Ford , Tim Kaine , Jared Serbu , exclusive , building management

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 04:27am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

For the past four years, the Pentagon has proposed a new round of base closures, and Congress has rejected each one. But with or without lawmakers' approval, military bases are getting smaller. DoD may even close some of them without Congress' explicit permission. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , DoD , In Depth

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 10:41am EDT
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Brian Lepore, Director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues, GAO

The last round of base realignments and closures (BRAC) back in 2005 did some good. Many of the bases were repurposed and used to help the homeless. But BRAC had problems, too. As outlined in a new report from the Government Accountability Office, DoD and Housing and Urban Development don't track progress on base conversions very well. It's a concern as the Defense Department raises the urgency of its request for a new round of closures. Brian Lepore, director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues at the GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the problem.

Tags: Brian Lepore , GAO , HUD , DoD , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 09:56am EDT
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Why BRAC is good news for VA, but bad news for DoD and the Postal Service

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald seems to be closing the deal several secretaries of Defense and at least one postmaster general couldn't, says Federal News Radio's Francis Rose in a new commentary.

Tags: Francis Rose , commentary , DoD , Veterans Affairs , USPS , workforce

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 02:07am EDT

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Tighter budgets lead to more cost overruns; Army wraps up listening tour ahead of force structure decisions

In this week's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, could a new report finally explain which Pentagon policies tend to lead to cost and schedule growth, and which ones keep programs on track? Plus, why it seems unlikely that Congress will go along with DoD's latest request to close stateside military bases.

Tags: Inside the Reporterís Notebook , DoD , Acquisition , Frank Kendall , Congress , Army , Katherine Hammack , sequestration , Installations , John Conger , Peter Levine , Jared Serbu

Monday - 03/09/2015, 03:35am EDT

VA calls for its own BRAC process to close outdated facilities

The Veterans Affairs Department says it is spending $24 million per year to maintain facility space it can't use. Some of the restrictions on closing them are political, some are local, so VA thinks it needs a BRAC of its own.

Tags: Congress , VA , DoD , Robert McDonald , Helen Tierney , Jared Serbu

Friday - 03/06/2015, 04:32am EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The budget the Defense Department is pushing for in 2016 will help the agency start to dig out of a big backlog of deferred maintenance on military bases. But Pentagon officials say even their own plan isn't a complete solution to deteriorating facilities, and if sequestration returns next year, things will likely get much worse. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Tags: In Depth , Jared Serbu , DoD , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 04:40pm EST
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Budget request reveals Army still in transition mode

The Army's budget request details a branch in transition, from both a military and financial perspective.

Tags: Army , DoD , budget , pay and benefits , Congress , OCO , BCA , sequestration , Thomas Horlander , Sean McCalley

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 06:00pm EST
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