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Feds and the Cold War

For a lot of people, the Cold War seems almost like a surreal event. But for decades, it was a very real, at times very hot, war. And there are probably some people in your office who are bona fide cold warriors, like today's guest columnist.

Tags: workforce , Cold War , Mike Causey , federal report

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 02:00am EDT

Asif Khan, Government Accountability Office

The latest check on the Defense Department's push to full audit readiness uncovers a domino effect of problems. The Government Accountability Office says DoD didn't follow a plan to improve how it tracks contract payments. Asif Khan is Director of Financial Management and Assurance Issues at the GAO. Khan told In Depth with Francis Rose that because the Pentagon missed some steps of the plan, it's dealing with even more problems that could keep the agency from meeting an important deadline.

Tags: Asif Khan , GAO , auditability , In Depth , Francis Rose

Monday - 06/30/2014, 04:28pm EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: DoD releases missing piece of 2015 budget; defense acquisition 'good enough'

The Defense Department's request for its overseas contingency operations is about $20 billion less than initial estimates. Former Defense officials say realistic goals and managed expectations usually spelled success for weapons systems.

Tags: OMB , Overseas Contingency Operations , Christopher Lamb , David Vinlet , Air Force , technology , mobile computing , cybersecurity , Dick Ginman , acquisition , industry , Jared Serbu

Monday - 06/30/2014, 04:49am EDT

The Joint Information Environment: A Progress Report

The Department of Defense is in the midst of a large-scale revamping of its information infrastructure. The Joint Information Environment (JIE) promises to facilitate information sharing among the military services, other government stakeholders, and coalition partners. And it will do so while consolidating resources at a time of budgetary challenges. In this edition of AFCEA Answers, DOD Deputy CIO David DeVries offers a progress report on the JIE, and hints at how they will inevitably measure success. Also: a preview of the upcoming AFCEA JIE Mission Partner Symposium, May 12 - 14 in Baltimore.

Tags: AFCEA Answers , David DeVries , Max Cacas , technology , AFCEA

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 11:18am EDT

How many US advisors are in Iraq?

Of the 300 troops authorized by President Barack Obama, 180 have arrived in Baghdad. Half are advisors and the remaining 90 are setting up an operations and intelligence analysis unit. The Pentagon confirms that Predator drones, armed with Hellfire missiles, are now also being used over the capitol for force protection.

Tags: military advisers , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green , Iraq , Baghdad , Predator drones , Hellfire missiles

Monday - 06/30/2014, 09:29am EDT

Roger Zakheim, Counsel, Covington and Burling

The White House wants $60 billion for the Pentagon's overseas contingency operations in fiscal 2015. Defense News reports the President's OCO budget has an extra $5 billion request for a new counterterrorism fund, too. Over the next few days, Capitol Hill will host a number of defense officials to make their cases for some specific programs. Roger Zakheim is counsel for Covington and Burling, and former deputy staff director of the House Armed Services Committee. He wrote about the relationship between the White House and Congress when it comes to defense budget planning. He shared his thoughts on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: Roger Zakheim , InDepth , In Depth , Overseas Contingency Operations , budget , Covington and Burling

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 04:11pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The head of the Army Corps of Engineers says the nationwide network of civil works infrastructure his agency manages is falling apart. The Corps doesn't have enough money coming from Congress to fix the problems, so it's looking for new ways to pay for the work it needs to do. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details. Read Jared's related article.

Tags: InDepth , Jared Serbu , Army Corps of Engineers , infrastructure , budget , Congress ,

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 04:19pm EDT
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Overseas funding request submitted

The White House has submitted an updated Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) request to Congress. DoD OCO funding allotted is $58.6 billion and it includes $1.4 billion for State Department programming. President Barack Obama says the request is consistent with the plan he laid out at West Point. The plan called for bringing the U.S. war in Afghanistan to a responsible end, while ensuring our Armed Forces have the flexibility and resources required to respond to emerging needs as terrorist threats around the world continue to evolve.

Tags: White House , OCO , Barack Obama , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Friday - 06/27/2014, 08:45am EDT

Former contractor sentenced in Navy bribery scheme

A Virginia government contractor is sentenced for conspiracy to bribe public officials.

Tags: Crime of the Week , Navy , contracting , Ciera Crawford

Friday - 06/27/2014, 04:53am EDT

Army Corps of Engineers exploring new ways to finance missions

Army Corps of Engineers faces billions of dollars in backlogged projects. With little hope of additional funding from Congress, officials are looking for alternative ways to finance the public infrastructure they're charged with maintaining.

Tags: Army Corps of Engineers , Thomas Bostick , budget , Congress , management , Jared Serbu

Friday - 06/27/2014, 04:27am EDT
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