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Air Force to ask for base closures, aircraft retirements despite repeated rebuffs

As is typical, Defense leaders are not sharing many details about next year's budget proposal prior to its expected February release. But the Air Force is making clear it's gearing up for another fight on BRAC and aircraft divestitures, and thinks it might win this time.

Tags: DoD , Air Force , Mark Welsh , budget , Congress , Jared Serbu

Monday - 01/19/2015, 03:54am EST
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force announces a nine-step plan to make itself more diverse. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh detail the plan in a memo. Emily Kopp has details on the memo and the rollout with Secretary James at an event Wednesday at the Center for a New American Security. Emily tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the diversity goals aren't limited to one group or another.

Tags: Emily Kopp , Air Force , DoD , In Depth

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:22pm EST
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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 But large budgets over the past decade have let the department do a lot of hiring without much thought toward cutting outdated positions, he said.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 , Ashton Carter , Mark Welsh , House Appropriations Committee , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:42am EST
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Troubled by a lack of women and minorities at the Air Force's higher levels, its leaders are rolling out nine initiatives focusing on recruitment, promotions and retention. Some are new ideas; others are existing programs that will be enhanced. That's according to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James. She spoke at an event on women and leadership yesterday, sponsored by the Center for a New American Security. Emily Kopp was there, and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a report on it.

Tags: Emily Kopp , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Air Force , DoD ,

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 10:15am EST
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James announces 9 steps to a more diverse Air Force

Troubled by a lack of women and minorities at the Air Force's higher levels, its leaders are rolling out nine initiatives focusing on recruitment, promotions and retention. "This is not just about how we look. It's about our readiness and capabilities today and in the future," Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said.

Tags: Air Force , DoD , diversity , Mark Welsh , Center for New American Security

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 04:34pm EST

Air Force claims $2 billion in acquisition savings from 'should-cost' management

Over five years, Air Force has beat the independent cost estimates in its acquisition programs by a collective $2 billion, according to the service's assistant secretary for acquisition. Some of the savings have been returned to the Air Force's top line, but acquisition managers have been allowed to plow some of the money back into their own programs.

Tags: Air Force , DoD , should cost , acquisition , Better Buying Power , cost capability analysis , William LaPlante , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 10:46am 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 , acquistion , Bending the Cost Curve , Better Buying Power , Atlantic Council , Industry , Contracting , challenges , Bill LaPlante , Air Force Research Laboratory , Cost-cutting analysis program , plugfest , Jared Serbu

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

Deborah Lee James, Secretary, Air Force

The Air Force has a list of priorities for fiscal year 2015. They include eliminating 21 general officer billets, addressing the problems with an aging fleet of aircraft and dealing with a budget designed to shrink the force. Still, Secretary Deborah Lee James says the service is in good shape. As the Air Force celebrates its 67th birthday, James gave Tom Temin a status report on the Federal Drive.

Tags: Air Force , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 10:17am EDT
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At 67, Air Force in good shape, but faces some uncertainty, James says

After eight months on the job, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin that even though the service is in good shape, it still faces uncertainty around its budget, overseas operations and readiness.

Tags: Air Force , DoD , budget , Readiness , Islamic State , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:10pm EDT
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Air Force needs more strategic planning to meet budget constraints

The Air Force can't afford the programs it thinks it will need over the next decade. The service's top officer says it's time to reexamine priorities, with a realistic view of the funding it will get from Congress.

Tags: DoD , Air Force , Readiness , Mark Welsh , budget , strategic plan , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:34am EDT
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