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On DoD: Defense's inspector general hotline

On this week's show, Patrick Gookin, director of the DoD Inspector General Hotline, spends the full hour with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu to talk about wny the hotline's staff is now spending more time on its core mission.

Tags: Patrick Gookin , inspector general , customer service , fraud, waste and abuse , On DoD , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 03/05/2014, 01:36pm EST
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Pentagon seeks new out-of-pocket charges for TRICARE beneficiaries

Family members of active duty service members and military retirees would see new fees under the Defense Department's proposal to consolidate TRICARE plans, as part of the fiscal 2015 budget request sent to Congress Tuesday.

Tags: budget , TRICARE , pay and benefits , Mark Ramsay , Robert Hale , workforce , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 03/05/2014, 03:51am EST
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Air Force to accelerate headquarters staff cuts

Air Force leaders intend to surpass their share of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's edict to reduce DoD headquarters spending by 20 percent and complete the task several years ahead of schedule. The personnel cuts are part of the service's plan to shrink its size in order to catch up with decades of deferred spending on readiness and modernization.

Tags: personnel , Air Force , Deborah Lee James , Eric Fanning , readiness , sequestration , budget , Jared Serbu

Monday - 03/03/2014, 04:52am EST
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"Cuban Five" member released

A second member of the ``Cuban Five'' has returned to the Caribbean island and a hero's welcome after leaving a prison in the United States. 50 year old Fernando Gonzalez and four others were arrested in 1998 and convicted in 2001 in Miami on charges including conspiracy and failure to register as foreign agents in the U.S. Gonzalez spent 15 years in prison.

Tags: J.J. Green , Pentagon & Beyond ,

Monday - 03/03/2014, 10:08am EST

NATO planning pull to out of Afghanistan

NATO says it's going to plan for all options for its future presence in Afghanistan, including a possible pullout of all its troops this year. NATO Head Anders Fogh Rasmussen says NATO was planning to keep a slimmed-down force in Afghanistan after 2014, but President Hamid Karzai's refusal to sign a security agreement with the United States could force it to pull out all its troops by the end of the year.

Tags: J.J. Green , Pentagon & Beyond

Monday - 03/03/2014, 10:05am EST

Aghanistan conflict could worsen

Portraying a difficult future for Afghanistan without U.S. help, Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey says that Afghanistan's refusal to sign a security agreement with the United States could make the war more difficult and inspire the enemy and encourage some Afghan security forces to cooperate with the Taliban to as he put it, ``hedge their bets.'' Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a SOFA with the U.S.

Tags: J.J. Green , Pentagon & Beyond

Monday - 03/03/2014, 10:03am EST

Afghanistan needs a bigger security force

A review of Afghanistan's future indicates the country could revert to a terrorist hideout unless U.S. and international partners put in place a larger Afghan security force than what's planned for 2014.The study released Thursday by federally funded CNA Strategic Studies also concludes that this larger force and the government ministries to support it will require international trainers and advisers at least through 2018.

Tags: J.J. Green , Pentagon & Beyond

Monday - 03/03/2014, 10:00am EST

FedRAMP cloud deadline looming amid updates to the program

Agencies must use only cloud services that have been approved under the Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program (FedRAMP) by June. OMB will receive more details on agency progress with the latest quarterly update through PortfolioStat. Meanwhile, FedRAMP's security baseline will be revised this summer.

Tags: technology , GSA , DHS , DISA , Maria Roat , cloud computing , cybersecurity , FedRAMP , industry , PortfolioStat , Jason Miller

Friday - 02/28/2014, 04:21am EST
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Manhunt underway for al-Baghdadi

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, one of Al Qaida's most brutal terrorists is reportedly the target of one of the biggest manhunts in modern Middle Eastern history. A British newspaper is reporting he has a 6 million pound bounty on his head because he allegedly has 25 British extremists among his loyalists . The Mirror says he was sacked by al-Qaida for disobeying orders and beheading people in public.

Tags: J.J. Green , Pentagon & Beyond

Monday - 03/03/2014, 09:09am EST

Is Iran selling weapons to Iraq?

There are some strange bedfellows in the Middle East sometimes. Reuters is reporting, based on documents it has obtained that Iran has signed a deal to sell Iraq arms and ammunition worth $195 million. That would be a direct violation of a U.N. embargo on weapons sales by Tehran. The agreement was supposedly reached at the end of November, weeks after Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki asked the Obama administration for extra weapons to fight al Qaeda-linked militants.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , J.J. Green

Monday - 03/03/2014, 09:06am EST
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