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Ann Hagedorn, Author, "The Invisible Soldiers"

The Pentagon is looking at the relationship between its prime contractors and their subcontractors. That relationship has generated some controversy, especially in the area of private military security companies. Ann Hagedorn is author of The Invisible Soldiers: How American Outsourced Our Security. Her book focuses on the pros and cons of those companies and how the government buys their services. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared the story of Kadhim Alkanani.

Tags: Ann Hagedorn , In Depth

Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 04:19pm EDT
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Cary Russell, Director of Defense Capabilities, GAO

The F-22 Raptor made its combat debut against the Islamic State in Syria this week. The F-22 project cost about $70 billion over a decade. The Pentagon expects the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to be combat-ready in four years, and it's already the most expensive weapon system in Defense Department history. Cary Russell, director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office, estimates the cost of running the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. He told In Depth with Francis Rose after DoD activates the F-35 for combat, the cost could reach about $1 trillion.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Cary Russell , GAO , F-22 Raptor , Pentagon Solutions , F-35 Joint Strike Fighter , Pentagon

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 04:08pm EDT
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Report: Services for female veterans fall short

The Veterans Affairs Department and other government agencies are not doing enough to help women who served in the military, even as their number is rising dramatically, according to a new report.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , workforce , oversight

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 05:40pm EDT

One woman's life quest to serve the military and their families

Elaine Rogers, CEO of USO Metropolitan Washington, has worked for the organization serving America's troops since she was 24 years old. Rogers is this week's guest on the Women of Washington radio show.

Tags: Elaine Rogers , USO , Women of Washington , Aileen Black , Gigi Schumm , Bob Hope , Robin Williams

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 09:57am EDT

DoD upends its strategy for buying commercial cloud services

A forthcoming Pentagon plan will let military departments chart their cloud procurement strategies, as long as they provide detailed data to the Pentagon and each other.

Tags: technology , cloud computing , acquisition , Defense Information Systems Agency , Terry Halvorsen , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 04:54am EDT
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Manning sues Defense Dept. for gender treatment

Convicted national security leaker Chelsea Manning asked a federal court Tuesday to order the Defense Department to provide hormone therapy and other treatment for her gender identity condition while she serves her 35-year sentence in military confinement.

Tags: Chelsea Manning , transgender

Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 07:30pm EDT

Charles Tiefer, Law Professor, University of Baltimore

A contracting loophole denies small businesses the chance to land subcontracting opportunities with the Defense Department. The Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program removes the requirement for prime DoD contractors to report their small business subcontracting plans. That leaves them without an incentive to meet their small business goals. Charles Tiefer is a law professor and contracting expert from the University of Baltimore. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said it's time to end the 25-year old test program.

Tags: Charles Tiefer , University of Baltimore , In Depth

Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:11pm EDT
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Pentagon's new version of Better Buying Power focuses on ‘technical excellence'

The latest blueprint to improve DoD's acquisition process will try to help the military achieve game-changing end products and spend less time on the business end of the acquisition system. Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said the strategy remains in draft form while DoD gathers feedback from a variety of experts.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , Better Buying Power , Frank Kendall , Stan Soloway , Jared Serbu

Monday - 09/22/2014, 05:19am EDT
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Army opens Ranger school to women

The Army is opening the door for women to go to Ranger school, in one of the first steps toward allowing women to begin moving into more grueling combat jobs.

Tags: Army , Ray Odierno , workforce

Saturday - 09/20/2014, 09:40am EDT

Navy looks to more interactive training for sailors to combat sexual assaults

A heightened focus of the training will be on bystander intervention, which Navy leaders believe is a major component to stemming the tide of sexual assaults that have flummoxed military officials for years.

Tags: Navy , sexual assault , workforce

Saturday - 09/20/2014, 03:30pm EDT
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