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Lt. Gen. David Barno, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

A steady flow of policy documents details how the branches of the military -- and the Defense Department as a whole -- will prepare for the wars of the future. But the changing nature of warfare may have the United States preparing for the wrong war. Retired Army Lt. Gen. David Barno is senior fellow and co-director of the Responsible Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security. He was the first Commander of Military Operations-Afghanistan. He writes on War On The Rocks, under the title "The Shadow Wars of the 21st Century," that war is morphing. He explained how on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: David Barno , Army , In Depth

Friday - 08/01/2014, 04:23pm EDT
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Panel: 2014 QDR reveals 'growing gap' between DoD mission, available resources

The National Defense Panel delivered "Ensuring a Strong U.S. Defense for the Future" an assessment of the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review put forth by the Defense Department.

Tags: Quadrennial Defense Review , BRAC , workforce , sequestration , National Defense Panel , Paul Hughes , Shefali Kapadia

Friday - 08/01/2014, 04:49pm EDT
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Army focuses energy investments on soldier power

The Army says the alternative and renewable energy industry should not look to the military as a giant source of investment capital for new technologies. But there are a few exceptions to that rule.

Tags: Army , Green government , industry , Richard Kidd , Jared Serbu

Friday - 08/01/2014, 05:02am EDT
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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

News this week about Defense Department employees and contractors who have not paid their taxes is causing some buzz in the federal community. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what feds think about their tax-delinquent colleagues.

Tags: tax cheats , defense department , Julia Ziegler , contractors

Friday - 08/01/2014, 07:12am EDT
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Air Force pins its future on ‘strategic agility'

Service's latest strategy document sees a future in which it will need to be more flexible and adaptable, including in its acquisition and personnel policies and organizational structures.

Tags: Air Force , acquisition , Deborah Lee James , National Contract Management Association , Mark Welsh , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 11:13am EDT
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Collateral damage of Snowden leaks being felt in cyber, public trust

Chief legal counselor to NSA says intelligence disclosures may have set back efforts to improve nation's cybersecurity posture because of increasing unease about public-private cooperation, and that it's time to reexamine the digital privacy trust relationship between government and the public.

Tags: Intelligence community , NSA , Edward Snowden , Raj De , Robert Litt , Scott Charney , Aspen Institute , Microsoft , cybersecurity

Monday - 07/28/2014, 04:49am EDT
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Russell Rumbaugh, Senior Associate, Stimson Center

Air Force leadership rolls out a new strategic plan today. "America's Air Force: A Call to the Future" is a 30-year plan that focuses on four key points the Air Force believes will shape the future of air power. But their plan isn't entirely a new concept. Russell Rumbaugh is Director of Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense, and Senior Associate, at the Stimson Center. Russell and his colleague Barry Blechman from Stimson wrote in Breaking Defense about a concept called Strategic Agility. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the connection between today's plan -- as introduced by Secretary James and General Welsh -- and the work he and Barry have done.

Tags: Russell Rumbaugh , Stimson Center , Air Force , In Depth

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 04:13pm EDT
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Industry group calls on White House, not Congress, to lead acquisition reform efforts

The Professional Services Council is the latest group to weigh in after members of Congress sent out the call for contributions to next year's likely round of acquisition reforms. PSC's reply rests largely on the idea that the executive branch can fix most of the current problems on its own.

Tags: acquisition , Professional Services Council , Acquisition reform , Stan Soloway , Dave Wennergren , Neil Albert , industry , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 05:16am EDT
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Robert Farley, assistant professor, UK Patterson School

"Cut it some slack" is what Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall asks critics of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Kendall made those comments Thursday at a ceremony marking the delivery of two F-35s to Australia. The F-35 isn't likely to go away soon, but the buzz about what would replace it may be getting a little louder. Robert Farley is assistant professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. He writes in The National Interest about five options for replacing the F-35. He said on In Depth with Francis Rose that one choice is restarting the F-22 line.

Tags: Robert Farley , F-35 , Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce , Frank Kendall ,

Monday - 07/28/2014, 03:46pm EDT
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DoD gave security clearances to thousands of 'federal tax cheats'

About 83,000 Defense Department employees and contractors, who held or were determined eligible for a security clearance, owed more than $730 million in unpaid taxes as of June 2012, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Per GAO's recommendations, the Office of Personnel Management, Office of the Director of National Intelligence and DoD are now working to include tax-compliance checks to enhance security clearance processes.

Tags: IRS , OPM , GAO , ODNI , management , technology , security clearance , Tom Coburn , Evan Lesser , Stephanie Wasko

Monday - 07/28/2014, 04:33pm EDT
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