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Dov Zakheim, Senior Adviser, CSIS

As the 114th Congress convenes this week, leaders on both sides of the Hill say budget issues will be priorities. Leaders at the Defense Department are already campaigning against sequestration, and the budget will likely be a big part of the discussion at Ashton Carter's confirmation hearing next month. Dov Zakheim is a Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and former Comptroller of the Department of Defense. He's also a member of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said DoD getting in front of the sequester problem is the right strategy.

Tags: Dov Zakheim , CSIS , Congress , In Depth

Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 04:17pm EST
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Jim Carafano, Heritage Foundation

The budget will be one of the first things the new Congress takes up, according to leadership on both sides of Capitol Hill. The Defense Department is already starting its push to end -- or at least cut back on -- sequestration. James Jay Carafano is director of the Davis Institute for International Studies at the Heritage Foundation. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He says he thinks Congress will do a real defense budget in 2015, but that doesn't mean sequestration will go away.

Tags: Jim Carafano , Heritage Foundation , budget , sequestration , In Depth , Congress , Top 3 for 2015

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 04:28pm EST

Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, President, Military Officers Association of America

Troops start the new year with a 1 percent pay raise. That's a little less than the 1.8 percent raise they would have gotten automatically from the annual cost of living adjustment. A study on pay and benefits from the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission is due next month. Vice Adm. Norb Ryan is president of the Military Officers Association of America. He says some kind of reform is long overdue. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He says morale is still a top priority for the military, even with fewer commitments in Afghanistan.

Tags: Norb Ryan , Navy , Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission , Military Officers Association of America , Veterans Affairs , sequestration , readiness , budget , In Depth , Top 3 for 2015

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 04:20pm EST

Adm. John Harvey, Veterans Affairs Secretary, Virginia Commonwealth

The all volunteer force has made it easier to deploy forces around the world, according to some military policy experts. No one is proposing bringing back the draft, but downsizing may create an opportunity to take a new look at how the military is structured. Retired U.S. Navy Adm. John Harvey is Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He's the former Commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He said there are two big pieces to consider.

Tags: John Harvey , Virginia Commonwealth University , In Depth , Top 3 for 2015

Monday - 01/05/2015, 04:07pm EST

Todd Harrison, Fellow for Defense Budget Studies, CSBA

Ashton Carter has chosen his support team for the confirmation process to become Secretary of Defense. Defense One reports three people will work with Carter: former Defense Business Board Chairman Michael Bayer; former adviser to Adm. Mike Mullen and Gen. Jim Mattis, Sally Donnelly; and 20-year Navy veteran Dave Copp. Todd Harrison is a fellow for defense budget studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. In his Top 3 for 2015, he tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the report from the Defense Department's Compensation Commission is probably one of the first things the new Defense secretary will deal with.

Tags: Todd Harrison , Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments , Ashton Carter , In Depth , Top 3 for 2013

Monday - 12/29/2014, 05:51pm EST

Norton Schwartz, CEO, Business Executives for National Security

Security measures at federal government buildings in Canada and Australia are tighter now, after attacks against those buildings in the last few weeks. So far, the federal government here hasn't seen much difference in the threat landscape. General Norton Schwartz (U.S. Air Force ret.) and former Chief of Staff of the Air Force, is now President and CEO of Business Executives for National Security. In his Top 3 for 2015 and on In Depth with Francis Rose, he says we may be looking at our internal terror threat the wrong way.

Tags: Norton Schwartz , Business Executives for National Security , In Depth , Francis Rose , counterterrorism , sequestration , Top 3 for 2015

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 05:22pm EST

Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The House Armed Services Committee and leaders within industry and Pentagon are making it clear defense acquisition rules need some work. And new Congressional leaders might bring new attitudes on acquisition that could reverse current trends. Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Business Partners. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his Top 3 for 2015, and told Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko 2015 is an important year for acquisition reform and the General Services Administration. He's optimistic about the future of procurement in 2015, but a look into his Magic 8 Ball said "The future is still unclear; ask again later."

Tags: Larry Allen , Allen Federal Business Partners , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , acquisition , contracting , In Depth , Top 3 for 2015

Friday - 01/02/2015, 04:16pm EST

Steve Bucci, Allison Center Director, Heritage Foundation

The Pentagon announces more successful air strikes against the Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. The new year hasn't brought a new policy in dealing with the Islamic State, but more American advisers are on the ground in Iraq. And 2015 may be the year that calls for more of an American military presence in both countries to get louder. Steve Bucci is Director of the Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy at the Heritage Foundation. He's former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, and a retired Army Special Forces officer. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He said decisions the enemy makes may force the hand of the United States.

Tags: Steve Bucci , Heritage Foundation , Islamic State , sequestration , In Depth , Top 3 for 2015

Friday - 01/02/2015, 04:26pm EST

OPM issues interim rule on veterans preference

New Office of Personnel Management clarifies statutory language affecting who is eligible to receive veterans preference during the hiring process at federal agencies.

Tags: OPM , veterans preference , Veterans Affairs , hiring , Michael OConnell , workforce

Friday - 01/02/2015, 05:55pm EST

Training military doctors from enlisted ranks, program gives soldiers a boost in science

A new program through the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences' F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine will give men and women in the enlisted ranks of the military two years of undergraduate-level science coursework meant to prepare them for the rigorous Medical College Admission Test (MCATs).

Tags: Art Kellermann , Uniformed Services University , Edward Hébert School of Medicine , enlisted soldiers , medical school , training , Robert Mabry

Friday - 01/02/2015, 11:48am EST
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