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Larry Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Congress is capping the pensions of top military officials in 2015. As part of National Defense Authorization Act, pensions for generals and admirals will be trimmed to ensure they make no more in retirement than they did on active duty. That reverses a 2007 law designed to help retain officers during wartime. What effects, if any, will this have on the military's ability to retain its senior officers? Larry Korb is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and former assistant secretary of Defense for manpower and reserve affairs. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a look at this measure.

Tags: Larry Korb , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , NDAA , budget , retirement , pay and benefit

Monday - 12/15/2014, 09:55am EST
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Eddy Mentzer, Manager, Defense Spouse Education & Career Opportunities Program

The Military Spouse Employment Partnership's goal is simple. They want to eliminate one of military families' biggest problems: finding employment for the spouse of the service member. Because of frequent relocation, military spouses often face high unemployment rates and a significant wage gap in the jobs they do have. Through the initiative known as Joining Forces, 38 new organizations joined the Employment Partnership program earlier this month. Eddy Mentzer is the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program manager. On the Federal Drive, he gave Tom Temin an update on the program and the companies involved.

Tags: Eddy Mentzer , military spouses , hiring , unemployment , Spouse Education and Career Opportunities , Tom Temin

Friday - 12/12/2014, 10:47am EST
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Navy begins to embrace ICITE capabilities, Haith says

The Defense Department has been slowly rolling out the Intelligence Community Information Technology Environment departmentwide. The Navy's Deputy CIO Janice Haith told an industry audience Friday that the Navy is already embracing ICITE's capabilities.

Tags: Janice Haith , Navy , technology , ICITE , NGEN , AFCEA , cybersecurity , shared services , Michael OConnell , Intelligence community

Friday - 12/12/2014, 05:14pm EST
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Pentagon lays out plan for new combat ship

The Pentagon announces the Navy will upgrade its littoral combat ship program and build a more lethal fighting vessel that can better survive today's volatile security threats.

Tags: Littoral Combat Ship , LCS , Navy , Chuck Hagel

Friday - 12/12/2014, 12:08am EST

Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein, Commander, 20th Air Force

The Air Force recently completed a test launch of one of its Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missiles. The 5,000 mile flight test was supported by Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and several other contractors. So how does the Air Force maintain readiness of the ICBM fleet? How can it assure the Commander-in-Chief that in the unlikely event of a real launch, the 40-year-old missiles would go where they're supposed to? Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein, Commander of the 20th Air Force, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the test flight and the ICMB program.

Tags: Jack Weinstein , Air Force , Northrop Grumman , Lockheed Martin , ICBM , 20th Air Force , Tom Temin , Federal Drive ,

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 12:30pm EST
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Patrick Costello, Deputy Director, Council on Foreign Relations

The Pentagon's new Defense Innovation Initiative is called the third offset strategy. But it's not the only offset the defense industrial base should pay attention to. Patrick Costello is deputy director of Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy studies for the Council on Foreign Relations. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what these offsets are.

Tags: Patrick Costello , Council on Foreign Relations , In Depth

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:17pm EST
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Bob Hale, Booz Allen Hamilton, Former Comptroller, DoD

The budget deal and the National Defense Authorization Act give the Defense Department certainty for the rest of Fiscal 2015. After that: Nobody knows for sure. Sequestration is back on the table, at least for now. Robert Hale is former Undersecretary of Defense Comptroller -- he's now a fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton. He's my guest for Pentagon Solutions today. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the impacts the sequester had on the department.

Tags: Bob Hale , Booz Allen Hamilton , budget , In Depth

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:12pm EST
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Coalition forces continue to pound ISIL

U.S. military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria.

Tags: ISIL , Syria , airstrikes , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 05:24pm EST

DoD aims for more consistent decisions on ‘commercial' items

The Defense Contract Management Agency is creating a new team of dedicated pricing experts, looking for more consistent decisions within DoD about what constitutes a commercial product.

Tags: DCMA , acquisition , industry , Better Buying Power , Wendy Masiello , acquisition policy , commercial item , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:52am EST
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Robert Hale and Ron Sanders, Booz Allen Hamilton

President Barack Obama announced three major initiatives today to boost the Senior Executive Service. It's the latest in a long line of initiatives and research on improving the SES. Booz Allen and the Partnership for Public Service have proposed reforms to the SES. Booz Allen's Ron Sanders -- former Chief Human Capital Officer for the intelligence community -- and Bob Hale -- former Undersecretary of Defense (Comptroller) -- talked about those SES reform recommendations on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: Robert Hale , Ron Sanders , Booz Allen Hamilton , Senior Executive Service , Barack Obama , In Depth , management

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 04:06pm EST
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