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Afghan Security Forces not ready

A top U.S. commander says only 1 percent of Afghan police and soldiers are capable of working on their own. The comments raise doubts about whether Afghan forces will be able to deal with the still potent Taliban insurgency as the U.S. and the rest of the West withdraws. U.S. Lieutenant General Curtis Scarapotti told reporters that only 29 Afghan army units and seven Afghan police units are ready to work on their own.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , J.J. Green

Thursday - 02/09/2012, 10:46am EST

DoD, EPA sign sustainable energy agreement

A memorandum of understanding the two agencies signed yesterday will commit them to share resources and brainpower to make sure DoD bases have the long-term energy, land, air and water resources they need.

Tags: DoD Update , Federal Drive

Thursday - 02/09/2012, 08:47am EST

Air Force trains flight attendants for VIP trips

Military flight attendants are part of a team serving America's top government officials, their staffs, guests and reporters aboard 19 planes flown by the 89th Airlift Wing out of Joint Base Andrews near Washington.

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Thursday - 02/09/2012, 04:34am EST

House panel aims to discern challenges for defense industry

The House Armed Services Committee has held a series of hearings in recent months taking the temperature of industry and defense experts on the relationship between contractors and the Defense Department. Allan Burman, a former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy and now the president of Jefferson Consulting, testified before the panel. He joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss his testimony.

Tags: House , House Armed Services Committee , industry , acquisition , acquisition workforce

Wednesday - 02/08/2012, 09:21pm EST
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Contractor convicted of over-charging Air Force by $300K

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations says Charles R. Priestley, 48, who operated Louisiana-based Hummingbird Aviation, was contracted to build and service helicopters for use in Afghanistan.

Tags: Air Force , DoD Report , contracting

Wednesday - 02/08/2012, 09:59am EST

Special Operators to be last out

Special operations forces in Afghanistan are preparing for a possible expanded role as overall --the Associated Press is reporting as U.S. forces begin to draw down after a decade of war. Adm. Bill McRaven, the special operations commander who led last year's Navy SEAL raid against Osama bin Laden, confirmed that special operations forces would be the last to leave under the Obama administration's current plan.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , J.J. Green

Tuesday - 02/07/2012, 07:30pm EST

Iran hit again by sanctions

President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Monday imposing new, harsher sanctions on Iran and its central bank, because of concerns over Iran's nuclear program. Also at issue is whether or not there will be a military attack on Iran this spring. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said, in his own words, he believed Israel would launch and attack sooner than later, but President Barack Obama said, Israel hasn't made up it's mind if or when it will attack.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , J.J. Green

Tuesday - 02/07/2012, 09:56am EST

GAO: 'Inconsistent' cost estimates plague DoD reports

As Pentagon budgets become tighter, the Defense Department is looking for ways to cut costs in weapons systems. But the only way to make cuts is to know how and where money is being spent. Ostensibly, the full lifecycle-cost estimates for DoD's major acquisition programs are collected in the Pentagon's selected acquisition report or SAR. Cary Russell, the acting director for defense capabilities and management issues at GAO, told In Depth with Francis Rose the reports contain "inconsistent" information.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , acquisition , contracting , GAO , Cary Russell

Monday - 02/06/2012, 04:57pm EST
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Top senators question Pentagon move on fighter jet

The leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee suggested on Monday that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta rushed a decision to develop the Marine Corps version of the next-generation strike fighter jet despite new technical problems with the troubled program.

Tags: Leon Panetta , F-35 , Lockheed Martin , DoD Update , acquisition , contracting , John McCain , Carl Levin

Monday - 02/06/2012, 06:15pm EST
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