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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

Veteran strives to be 'part of something' in federal workforce

Andrew Goodrich, a ranger with the National Park Service, shares his story of being an injured Iraq War veteran finding a new home as a federal employee. He describes some of the challenges he faced and the accommodations his employers provided to to help him achieve success in the workplace.

Tags: Andrew Goodrich , NPS , Wounded Warrior Project , Operation: Warfighter , Veteran Affairs , workforce , hiring , Iraq , Marine Corps , PTSD , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 11:02am EST
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Defense cuts test lawmakers' resolve on deficits

Tags: budget

Monday - 02/06/2012, 03:44pm EST

Iran issues another threat

The stakes are growing as the war of words grows. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday Iran would retaliate over Western-backed oil sanctions and any threat of attack, after Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta was cited as saying he feared a possible Israeli strike as early as April. Khamenei's speech marked the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution on Friday.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , J.J. Green

Monday - 02/06/2012, 11:13am EST
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