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Hal Chrisman, Vice President, ICF International

The military is trying to figure out why an F-35 engine caught fire, leading the Pentagon to ground the fledgling fleet. Meanwhile, program office planners are looking long term. They're thinking about how to control maintenance costs on a fleet that will eventually reach more than 2,000 aircraft and fly for the next 40 years. Defense News reported that planners are considering a worldwide competition for maintenance. Hal Chrisman, vice president of ICF International, has 25 years experience in the aviation industry. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what sustainment work entails.

Tags: Hal Chrisman , ICF International , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Friday - 07/11/2014, 06:48am EDT
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Former Army employee charged with theft of military goods

A former civilian employee at Sierra Army Depot faces a two-count charge for conspiracy and theft of military equipment.

Tags: Army , theft , Crime of the Week , Ciera Crawford

Friday - 07/11/2014, 03:49am EDT

Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell

A major war contractor is expecting a $45 million check from the U.S. government. A military appeals board has sided with Kellogg Brown & Root in its quest to get the government to reimburse it for security in Iraq. KBR paid out of its own pocket for private guards to protect convoys carrying supplies to the U.S. military. Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to take a closer look at the five-year battle in this week's Legal Loop.

Tags: Joe Petrillo , industry , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 07:35am EDT
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Senate report: Billions of dollars at risk from shaky Pentagon IT programs

A new bipartisan report from the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations called the Air Force's now-canceled Expeditionary Combat Support System "one of the most egregious examples of mismanagement by the DoD in recent memory." But the failure of ECSS may not be an aberration, the report suggested. Other enterprise-resource planning programs in the department are at risk of falling victim to the same fate.

Tags: Senate , technology , Air Force , John McCain , Jack Moore , Carol Cha , acquisition

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 08:27am EDT

Committee outlines drastic changes to military as it works toward pay and benefits recommendations

A specially-formed commission tasked with modernizing military compensation released an interim report in anticipation of its full recommendations due in February. The document reviews massive changes that have occurred since the military switched to an all-volunteer force in 1973.

Tags: military compensation , pay and benefits , Dan Goure , Dena Levitz , Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 05:18pm EDT

Federal travel restrictions are costing money and harming security

The restrictions on feds' travel opportunities are having too many unintended consequences, says Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners.

Tags: Larry Allen , Allen Federal Business Partners , travel restrictions , travel , technology , research and development

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 02:41am EDT

DoD needs to be open to global, commercial technology, expert says

Former Deputy Defense Secretary Bill Lynn says the Pentagon needs to adjust its strategy to take advantage of the global and commercial technology markets.

Tags: Bill Lynn , DRS Technologies , Finmeccanica North America , acquistion , technology , globalization , Atlantic Council , industry , contracting , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 04:35pm EDT
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With budget cuts looming, officials struggle to make case to maintain large Army

Among ten topics the Army's new undersecretary says he's pondering: the service's seeming inability to convince policymakers of the need to keep a standing active duty force of about the size the nation has today, even during budget cuts.

Tags: Army , budget , sequestration , Brad Carson , Jared Serbu

Monday - 07/07/2014, 04:00am EDT
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Chemical weapons destruction underway

The Pentagon says the transfer of Syrian chemicals from the Danish container ship Ark Futura to the Motor Vessel Cape Ray is complete. Cape Ray departed the Italian port of Gioia Tauro on Monday for international waters in the Mediterranean Sea, where neutralization operations will soon begin. The neutralization process should take several weeks to complete. Secretary Hagel expressed his thanks to Danish and Italian authorities for their support in this process and said in a statement he "is enormously proud of everyone who helped make possible this safe and incident-free transfer."

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green , Chuck Hagel , chemical weapons , Syria , Italy , Denmark

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 08:41am EDT
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