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House bills slash federal workforce, start possible hiring freeze

A collection of new House bills aim to slash the federal workforce, let go of 120,000 civilian employees at the Pentagon and take back top secret security clearances for contractors in the intelligence community.

Tags: Congress , workforce , workforce reductions , Cynthia Lummis , Ken Calvert , J. David Cox , AFGE , REDUCE Act , Chris Van Hollen , Sheila Jackson Lee , Disclose Act , Sean McCalley

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 04:13pm EST

DoD intel chief Vickers gives cyber premier priority status

Michael Vickers, the undersecretary of Defense for intelligence, said cybersecurity and terrorism are his top two short- and long-term concerns. He said protecting space-based systems is becoming more important than ever. Vickers also wants to continue to transform the military intelligence community to meet ever-changing threats.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Michael Vickers , ODNI , insider threat , continuous evaluation , workforce , Atlantic Council , Jason Miller

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 04:22am EST
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Alex Ward, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council

Almost all the pieces are in place to move some meaningful defense acquisition reform. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) are the new chairmen of the Armed Services committees in Congress, and they both have a body of work in that subject. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Frank Kendall, are on board with an acquisition overhaul. And the likely nomination of Ash Carter as the new Defense Secretary puts the man behind the Better Buying Power concept at the top job of the Pentagon. Alex Ward is assistant director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council. He's also my guest for Pentagon Solutions today. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the anticipation for reform is mostly just hype.

Tags: Alex Ward , Atlantic Council , Congess , Armed Services Committee , In Depth ,

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 04:22pm EST
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New House Armed Services Committee chair vows DoD reform agenda, starting with acquisition

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), incoming chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, says defense acquisition reform is an essential element of his agenda. But the approach will be slow and steady.

Tags: Congress , acquisition , Mac Thornberry , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 03:48am EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The new chairman of the House Armed Services Committee says defense procurement reform is near the top of his agenda for the new Congress -- but don't expect things to change overnight. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu says it's likely to be a multi-year affair.

Tags: Jared Serbu , House Armed Services Committee , In Depth , Congress

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 04:39pm EST
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Ash Carter may face 'rocky' confirmation hearing for Defense secretary

Despite bipartisan support and years of experience in the Defense Department, Ash Carter's confirmation hearing to be Defense secretary might not be smooth sailing.

Tags: Ashton Carter , Congress , Senate , John McCain , Nora Bensahel , Senate Armed Services Committee , people , American University , Shefali Kapadia

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 11:43am EST
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Nora Bensahel, School of International Service, American University

Hearings on the nomination of Ashton Carter to be the next Defense Secretary will get underway next month. They'll be much more than a discussion of Carter's qualifications. The 2016 budget proposal will also be out then, so the hearings will likely cover wider ground. So will it be smooth sailing for President Barack Obama's nominee, or a bumpy road? Defense analyst Nora Bensahel, a distinguished scholar-in-residence at American University, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some insight.

Tags: Nora Bensahel , American University , Ashton Carter , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 10:42am EST
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The Asia-Pacific Defense Outlook for 2015

Dr. Jack Midgely, director with Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting in Tokyo, discusses defense priorities and security challenges in the Asia-Pacific region.
January 20, 2015

Tags: acquisition , contracting , defense spending , defense acquisition , security vulnerabilities , Asian Pacific , Jack Midgley , Deloitte , Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting , Roger Waldron , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 05:14pm EST
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Jon Rymer, Inspector General, Department of Defense

A lead Inspector General will now keep tabs on the fight against the Islamic State group. That means oversight of programs from the Defense Department, State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The new IG is Jon Rymer. He's the current DoD Inspector General. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain why a separate IG was needed to oversee Operation Inherent Resolve.

Tags: inspector general , Islamic State , oversight , Operation Inherent Resolve , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Jon Rymer

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 09:09am EST
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Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), Chairman, HASC, and Jim Talent, AEI

Sequestration, cyber attacks and terrorism are just a few of the concerns that top the list for the 114th Congress. In anticipation of tonight's State of the Union address, the American Enterprise Institute will hold a "congressional roadmap for rebuilding our nation's military" at 10 a.m. Former Sen. Jim Talent is an AEI senior fellow; Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. They joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with a sneak peak at the event.

Tags: Mac Thornberry , Jim Talent , AEI , House Armed Services Committee , sequestration , cyber attacks , terrorism , State of the Union

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 09:00am EST
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