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Defense authorization bill in limbo in Congress

Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate are still debating the 2011 defense authorization bill, but the lame-duck Congress may put off a vote until next year.

Tags: DoD Reports , recruiting , retention , incentives , bonuses , 2011 defense authorization bill , Defense Authorization Bill , Congress , Navy Times

Wednesday - 11/17/2010, 03:00pm EST

Commission seeks assesment of Chinese military capabilities

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a congressional advisory commission says in its annual report that lawmakers should require a Pentagon assessment of the military's capacity to withstand a Chinese air and missile assault on American regional bases and the implications of a similar assault on Taiwan's air defenses. The commission was set up by Congress in 2000 to advise, investigate and report on U.S.-China affairs.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , J.J. Green

Wednesday - 11/17/2010, 12:22pm EST

Canada to stay in Afghanistan until 2014

Canada confirmed Tuesday that 950 soldiers and support staff will remain in Afghanistan in a training role after Canada's combat mission ends in 2011. Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said they will be stationed in the Kabul area and will stay until 2014. The pledge of support may help plug a critical shortage of trainers for NATO's year-old mission to bolster Afghan security forces. The training mission would be confined to military bases.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , J.J. Green

Wednesday - 11/17/2010, 12:21pm EST

Agencies are successfully chopping hiring times down

The Department of Housing and Urban Development went from being the poster child for the dysfunctional federal hiring process to being a model of what others are striving for.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , pay and benefits , management , Shaun Donovan , Janie Payne , John Berry , Kathleen Ott , Daniel Poneman , HUD , OPM , Energy , VA , CHCO Council , hiring reform , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 11/17/2010, 07:45pm EST
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HUD shows how hiring reform can work

Many agencies have reduced the time it takes to hire a new employee. DoD, Energy and VA are among the departments that have made the most progress over the last year. OPM Director John Berry said a full government-wide look will not be available until early 2011.

Tags: pay and benefits , management , Shaun Donovan , Janie Payne , John Berry , Kathleen Ott , Daniel Poneman , HUD , OPM , Energy , VA , CHCO Council , hiring reform , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 11/17/2010, 03:22pm EST
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Children of deployed seek mental health care

Young children from military families are more likely to seek mental and behavioral health care when a parent is deployed than when a parent is at home, a military study has concluded.

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Report , Defense , mental health , pay and benefits

Wednesday - 11/17/2010, 08:40am EST

DoD's changing acquisition tactics previewed

Ashton Carter, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, described the future state of military contracting. He said vendors should look at several current examples including the Littoral Combat Ship and the replacement for the Ohio Class Submarine.

Tags: contracting , industry , Ashton Carter , Center for American Progress , efficiency initiatives , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 11/17/2010, 06:53am EST

Zakheim: better acquisition workforce requires more money

To save money in contracting, DoD will have to spend money to build the acquisition workforce, former DoD Comptroller Dov Zakheim said.

Tags: Pentagon Solutions , In Depth , Francis Rose , Dov Zakheim , budget , contracting , training , Robert Gates

Tuesday - 11/16/2010, 07:10pm EST
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Drug traffickers buy long range planes

It's the latest innovation by international drug traffickers. U.S. prosecutors say South American gangs are buying old jets and other planes, filling them with cocaine and flying them more than 3,000 miles across the ocean to Africa. At least three gangs have struck deals to fly drugs to West Africa and from there to Europe, according to U.S. indictments. Most of the cocaine flown to Africa is bound for Europe, where demand has been rising over the last decade.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , J.J. Green

Monday - 11/15/2010, 11:33pm EST

Honor finally restored

Almost 100 years after his death, a black Union Civil War vet from South Carolina finally has a veterans marker on his grave. The Associated Press reports, the white gravestone for Henry Benjamin Noisette was dedicated Thursday during a Veterans Day ceremony at a small black cemetery near an interstate. Noisette's military past was not discovered until recently by a researcher with the African American Historical Alliance, a nonprofit working to increase awareness of the role of blacks in the war and Reconstruction in South Carolina. Noisette escaped slavery and joined the U.S. Navy in 1862.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , J.J. Green

Monday - 11/15/2010, 11:30pm EST
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