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Dov Zakheim, Senior Adviser, CSIS

The White House endorses 10 of the 15 recommendations the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission made in its report in January. The House Armed Services Committee included several of those recommendations in their markup of the National Defense Authorization Act. Dov Zakheim was a member of the Comp commission, former Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), and now a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained if it's important that both the White House and the committee are breaking those recommendations up.

Tags: Dov Zakheim , House Armed Services Committee , In Depth

Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:14pm EDT
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Dov Zakheim, Senior Adviser, CSIS

As the 114th Congress convenes this week, leaders on both sides of the Hill say budget issues will be priorities. Leaders at the Defense Department are already campaigning against sequestration, and the budget will likely be a big part of the discussion at Ashton Carter's confirmation hearing next month. Dov Zakheim is a Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and former Comptroller of the Department of Defense. He's also a member of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said DoD getting in front of the sequester problem is the right strategy.

Tags: Dov Zakheim , DoD , Congress , In Depth

Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 04:17pm EST
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John Schaus, Senior Fellow, CSIS

If the Senate confirms former deputy defense secretary Ash Carter to replace defense secretary Chuck Hagel, his agenda will include: A military conflict in the Middle East, tensions with Russia, and loud cries for defense acquisition reform. John Schaus is fellow for the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he proposed a specific agenda for Secretary Carter if he's confirmed.

Tags: John Schaus , DoD , In Depth

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 04:30pm EST
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DoD's helicopter modernization program a testbed for open architecture

The Defense Department has professed a belief in open systems architectures for years, but has had trouble translating its stated policy preferences into acquisition outcomes. A program to modernize the military's helicopters aims to change that

Tags: DoD , Technology , Open architecture , Future Vertical Lift , Joint Multi-Role Program , Army , Navy , Honeywell , Boeing , William Hargreaves , Dan Bailey , Thomas Dubois , Joseph Riter

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 03:26am EST
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As the IT, acquisition world turns: Army gets new deputy CIO

The churn among federal CIOs and others in the IT community has been uncommonly high over the last year.

Tags: Technology , Acquisition , Jose Arrieta , DHS , Treasury , Mike Krieger , Gary Wang , Army , Andrew Hunter , people , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Rapid acquisition , Bob Griffin , Reggie Brothers

Friday - 10/17/2014, 04:13pm EDT

DoD to be more transparent about strategy to deter cyber attacks

Pentagon wants to discourage other countries' cyber attacks by convincing them that that DoD will respond, and that the attacks will ultimately prove unsuccessful. Step one is conveying those messages more forcefully.

Tags: DoD , Cybersecurity , Eric Rosenbach , Cyber Command , Jared Serbu

Friday - 10/03/2014, 03:41am EDT
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DoD hunting for value, innovation not just lowest price

When it comes to lowest price, technically acceptable policies, the Defense Department wants more than "acceptable" for its acquisition services. Even with looming sequestration forcing DoD to stretch financially, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of Defense acquisition, technology and logistics, said the department must incentivize contractors to provide better value as well as best prices.

Tags: Acquisition , sequestration , DoD , AFCEA , Frank Kendall , John McCain , Carl Levin , David Berteau , Brett Lambert , Stephanie Wasko , contracting , Industry

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:59pm EDT

DoD must 'reset' to prepare for future budget struggles

To maintain readiness under current budget pressure, the Defense Department needs to have a long-term mindset and rethink their force structure, according to Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee.

Tags: Defense , Congress , budget , sequestration , DoD , Rob Wittman , Stephanie Wasko

Friday - 07/18/2014, 06:12pm EDT

Dr. Maren Leed, Senior Adviser, CSIS

A few years after then-Defense secretary Robert Gates put the Marine Corps' variant of the F-35 fighter on "probation" because of poor performance, the Marine Corps is optimistic about the plane's future and the rest of the aviation portfolio. That's the message the service's top aviation official delivered to the Center For Strategic And International Studies yesterday. Dr. Maren Leed, senior adviser at CSIS, hosted the event. She tells Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu the Marine Corps' aviation programs are looking healthier than most other areas of weapon system acquisition in DoD.

Tags: Maren Leed , DoD , Marine Corps , In Depth

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 06:39pm EDT
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DoD finalizing major rewrite of acquisition guidance

Reworked guidance is the first update to key Defense Department instruction since 2008. Internal attempt to streamline the system is leading department officials to seek legislative changes to make the military acquisition process less complex.

Tags: DoD , Acquisition , Better Buying Power , sequestration , Frank Kendall , Jared Serbu

Monday - 11/11/2013, 10:25am EST
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