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New House Armed Services Committee chair vows DoD reform agenda, starting with acquisition

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), incoming chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, says defense acquisition reform is an essential element of his agenda. But the approach will be slow and steady.

Tags: Congress , acquisition , Mac Thornberry , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 03:48am EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The new chairman of the House Armed Services Committee says defense procurement reform is near the top of his agenda for the new Congress -- but don't expect things to change overnight. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu says it's likely to be a multi-year affair.

Tags: Jared Serbu , House Armed Services Committee , In Depth , Congress

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 04:39pm EST
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Ash Carter may face 'rocky' confirmation hearing for Defense secretary

Despite bipartisan support and years of experience in the Defense Department, Ash Carter's confirmation hearing to be Defense secretary might not be smooth sailing.

Tags: Ashton Carter , Congress , Senate , John McCain , Nora Bensahel , Senate Armed Services Committee , People , American University , Shefali Kapadia

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 11:43am EST
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Nora Bensahel, School of International Service, American University

Hearings on the nomination of Ashton Carter to be the next Defense Secretary will get underway next month. They'll be much more than a discussion of Carter's qualifications. The 2016 budget proposal will also be out then, so the hearings will likely cover wider ground. So will it be smooth sailing for President Barack Obama's nominee, or a bumpy road? Defense analyst Nora Bensahel, a distinguished scholar-in-residence at American University, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some insight.

Tags: Nora Bensahel , American University , Ashton Carter , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 10:42am EST
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The Asia-Pacific Defense Outlook for 2015

Dr. Jack Midgely, director with Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting in Tokyo, discusses defense priorities and security challenges in the Asia-Pacific region.
January 20, 2015

Tags: acquisition , Contracting , defense spending , defense acquisition , security vulnerabilities , Asian Pacific , Jack Midgley , Deloitte , Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting , Roger Waldron , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 05:14pm EST
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Jon Rymer, Inspector General, Department of Defense

A lead Inspector General will now keep tabs on the fight against the Islamic State group. That means oversight of programs from the Defense Department, State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The new IG is Jon Rymer. He's the current DoD Inspector General. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain why a separate IG was needed to oversee Operation Inherent Resolve.

Tags: inspector general , Islamic State , oversight , Operation Inherent Resolve , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Jon Rymer

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 09:09am EST
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Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), Chairman, HASC, and Jim Talent, AEI

Sequestration, cyber attacks and terrorism are just a few of the concerns that top the list for the 114th Congress. In anticipation of tonight's State of the Union address, the American Enterprise Institute will hold a "congressional roadmap for rebuilding our nation's military" at 10 a.m. Former Sen. Jim Talent is an AEI senior fellow; Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. They joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with a sneak peak at the event.

Tags: Mac Thornberry , Jim Talent , AEI , House Armed Services Committee , sequestration , cyber attacks , terrorism , State of the Union

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 09:00am EST
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Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

Defense officials say they want to hear from big and small companies alike as the department hunts for breakthrough technology that will ensure the military's dominance well into the future. It's a grand initiative that resembles ones from the past that led to nuclear weapons and precision-guided munitions. This one the third offset strategy could have more to do with big data, robots or 3-D printers. Jonathan Aberman is the managing director of Amplifier Ventures and founder of the non-profit Tandem NSI. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss where the small companies will fit in.

Tags: Jonathan Aberman , Amplifier Ventures , technology , Tandem NSI , Emily Kopp , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 09:02am EST
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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: Air Force , Deborah Lee James , Mark Welsh , budget , Congress , Jared Serbu

Monday - 01/19/2015, 03:54am EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Two of the Air Force's most controversial budget proposals -- getting rid of excess bases and retiring aging aircraft -- will be back on the table in next year's budget. The force will try again this year, even though Congress voted against the proposals just a month ago. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Air Force , In Depth

Friday - 01/16/2015, 04:45pm EST
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