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Bob Martinage, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is calling for a fresh round of technology innovation to ensure America's military superiority. The push is part of what Hagel described as a "game-changing" strategy to sharpen the nation's military edge, even with tight budgets. Bob Martinage is former Navy under-secretary and technology aide to Defense Secretary Robert Gates. He's now a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about the initiative.

Tags: DoD , Bob Martinage , Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments , technology , Robert Gates , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Friday - 11/21/2014, 11:33am EST
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Tom Nichols, Professor of National Security Affairs, Naval War College

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered top-to-bottom changes for the nation's nuclear missile force. He wants to spend billions of dollars to fix problems with leadership, security and morale. The move comes after an exam-cheating scandal revealed numerous personnel problems among those entrusted with the country's 450 nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles. What's the future for this mission? Tom Nichols, a professor of national security affairs at Naval War College and a nuclear arms expert, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain.

Tags: Tom Nichols , Naval War College , nuclear missile force , national security , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 10:48am EST
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Iraqi training gets early start

The U.S. military is accelerating its efforts to train and advise Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State militants.

Tags: Iraq , ISIL , training , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 05:54pm EST

Iraq conflict expected to be long

The Pentagon has warned Congress that the long, drawn-out military campaign against Islamic State militants is just beginning and could expand to include modest numbers of U.S. forces fighting alongside Iraqi troops.

Tags: Iraq , ISIL , Martin Dempsey , Barack Obama , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Friday - 11/14/2014, 09:19am EST

Is Hagel's job secure?

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has postponed a trip overseas to Burma and Vietnam. Why did he do that? A defense department official said it was driven by new and significant demands being placed on the Secretary's schedule.

Tags: congressional hearing , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 01:10pm EST

Tunisia's defense minister visits the US

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with the Tunisian Minister of Defense Ghazi Jeribi at the Pentagon on Monday. They discussed ways in which the U.S. and Tunisia could cooperate in fighting terrorism, given continuing instability in the region.

Tags: Tunisia , Al Qaeda , ISIL , Ghazi Jeribi , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 09:01am EST

Hagel meets with Kodheli

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Albania's Minister of Defense Mimi Kodheli Monday at the Pentagon. Hagel thanked Minister Kodheli for her leadership in Albania's generous support to the government of Iraq through resupply donations.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green , Mimi Kodheli , Albania , Iraq , ISIL

Friday - 10/31/2014, 11:44am EDT

Hagel readies DoD for climate change

The Department of Defense has released its 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, which focuses on ways to improve its resilience to the impacts of climate change.

Tags: DoD , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green , climate change

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 09:33am EDT

Review finds Military Health System has no systemic problems

A Pentagon review of the military's health facilities concluded the quality of DoD's medical system is generally in line with what's offered by private sector providers. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said "average" is not good enough.

Tags: Jared Serbu , management , pay and benefits , technology , Health IT , DoD , MHS , Defense Health Agency , TRICARE ,

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 03:44am EDT

Military health system under review

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has given military medical officials 45 days to detail how they will improve care, patient safety and access to treatment at sub-par military health care facilities.

Tags: military healthcare , reviews , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 09:08am EDT
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