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Air Force eyes manpower cuts -- even in its musical bands

The Air Force is right-sizing everything down to its musical bands as it tries to meet force reduction goals of its 2013 budget.

Tags: DoD Update , Air Force , budget

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 08:45am EST

Rifleman Radio latest tool in Army's communications arsenal

The Army is preparing a new generation of communication devices to connect soldiers in combat. A major component of the new Capability Set 13 is the Rifleman Radio, which has been completely redesigned to include improvements in size, weight, battery life and enhanced radio frequency. Col. John Zavarelli, the program manager for the Joint Program Executive Office Handheld Manpack Small, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the Rifleman Radio and the JTRS program.

Tags: Army , JTRS , Rifleman Radio , John Zavarelli , In Depth , Francis Rose , technology

Tuesday - 03/06/2012, 07:37pm EST
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Work-life balance, job discrimination top of mind for military women

The Pentagon recently announced it would open up 14,000 combat positions to female troops. While women in uniform say the decision will lend "legitimacy" to the frontline roles they already fill, they say job discrimination pales in comparison to the difficulty of raising a family while serving.

Tags: diversity , Navy , William Gortney , In Depth , Emily Kopp , leadership , women , military , management , retention , workforce , mothers , parent , work-life

Tuesday - 03/06/2012, 08:45am EST
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Limbaugh program to remain on Pentagon radio network

A Pentagon spokesman says the military's network will continue to air Rush Limbaugh's radio program. According to the Associate Press, George Little says the American Forces Network offers a wide range of programming to reflect listeners' interests and he is unaware of any plans to review that decision. Limbaugh has come under fire for an outburst on his radio program last week when he called a 30-year-old law student a "slut" after she testified before Congress about birth control policies. He has since apologized.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , J.J. Green

Tuesday - 03/06/2012, 11:26am EST

How closely does contracting bill mirror panel recommendations?

A new bill to reform wartime contracting, which incorporates many of the recommendations made by a panel that studied the issue for four years, has garnered a mixed response. Charles Tiefer, a professor of government contracting law at the University of Baltimore Law School who served on the contracting panel, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the bill.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , Charles Tiefer , Congress , Commission on Wartime Contracting

Monday - 03/05/2012, 06:01pm EST
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GAO recommends DoD prioritize joint capability needs

John Pendleton, the director of defense capabilities and management issues at GAO, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss a recent report assessing DoD joint capability needs.

Tags: GAO , joint capabilities , John Pendleton , In Depth , Francis Rose

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 07:50pm EST
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DISA shuts down Internet access for Pentagon employees

The Defense Information Systems Agency shut down Internet access and BlackBerry service for Pentagon employees Thursday morning.

Tags: DISA , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , BlackBerry , Internet access

Friday - 03/02/2012, 08:36am EST

CIA-led force may speed Afghan exit

Top Pentagon officials are considering putting elite special operations troops under CIA control in Afghanistan after 2014, just as they were during last year's raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan, sources told The Associated Press.

Tags: CIA , Afghanistan , Leon Panetta

Saturday - 03/03/2012, 08:38pm EST

DoD plan reshapes military health structure

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is submitting a plan to create a Defense Health Agency to take over TRICARE.

Tags: DoD Update , Ashton Carter , TRICARE , Defense Authorization Bill , Federal Drive , pay and benefits

Monday - 03/05/2012, 08:16am EST

Analysis: Wartime contracting bill a 'major step'

Two senators are trying to change the way agencies plan for wartime contracting by introducing a bill that would incorporate ideas from the Commission on Wartime Contracting. Commission member Dov Zakheim weighs in on the bill.

Tags: Dov Zakheim , Jim Webb , Claire McCaskill , contracting , Federal Drive , Commission on Wartime Contracting

Monday - 03/05/2012, 09:29am EST
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