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Dave Perry, Senior Analyst, Canadian Defense & Foreign Affairs Institute

The Defense Department depends on its partners in the F-35 coalition to keep the price per copy of the aircraft down. But one of those partners may be having second thoughts and is even thinking about specific alternatives. Dave Perry is senior analyst for the Canadian Defense and Foreign Affairs Institute, and author of "Putting the Armed Back Into the Canadian Armed Forces: Improving Defence Procurement in Canada." On In Depth with Francis Rose, Dave explained the current status of the F-35 program in Canada.

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Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:40pm EST
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DoD: No more sequestration, yes to pension reform and BRAC in budget request

The White House defense budget request is $38 billion over the limits set by sequestration. In an attempt to balance the increased funding, the Pentagon is pursuing pay and benefits reform, and another round of BRAC.

Tags: budget , management , Mike McCord , Bob Work , QDR , workforce , pay and benefits , TRICARE , Sean McCalley

Monday - 02/02/2015, 05:54pm EST

Roger Zakheim, Counsel, Covington and Burling

President Obama's 2016 budget request for the Defense Department is $38 billion more than the Budget Control Act calls for. He's asking for $534 billion, but any number over $498 billion will trigger sequestration. Roger Zakheim is counsel at Covington and Burling, former general counsel and deputy staff director of the House Armed Services Committee and also former deputy assistant secretary of Defense. In Depth with Francis Rose asked him if the budget is as "dead-on-arrival" as Republicans in Congress make it sound.

Tags: In Depth , Roger Zakheim , 2016 budget , sequestration

Monday - 02/02/2015, 04:09pm EST
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Lt. Gen. David W. Barno (Ret.), School of International Service, American University

Defense spending would get a 7.7 percent boost in 2016 under President Obama's proposed budget. Officials say the department is still feeling the disruption of reduced spending and sequestration cuts from recent years. The 2016 proposal includes funding for a broad range of weapons systems, missile defense and a 1.3 percent raise for service members and department civilians. Lt. Gen. Dave Barno (Ret.) was a senior American commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, and is now with American University. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more analysis.

Tags: David Barno , American University , budget , Afghanistan , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 09:32am EST
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Sean McCalley, Producer, Federal News Radio

The White House budget request for fiscal 2016 is out. The Obama administration is hoping for a future without sequestration, and the Defense Department is defending that concept. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley breaks down the numbers behind the defense spending plan.

Tags: In Depth , Sean McCalley , 2016 budget , sequestration

Monday - 02/02/2015, 04:24pm EST
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Stephen Welby, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering

The Defense Department is starting a new long-range research and development initiative. It's intended to deliver technologies capable of providing the next generation of dominance on the battlefield. A similar initiative in the 1970s resulted in the creation of technology offsets like smart munitions and stealth aircraft. Stephen Welby is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he explained what separates this initiative from the department's existing R&D testing.

Tags: Stephen Welby , R&D , technology , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Monday - 02/02/2015, 09:53am EST
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DoD likely to lean on overseas accounts for sequestration safety valve

The Obama administration already has made clear that it will request a budget Monday which violates the automatic spending caps in existing law. But for DoD, the war accounts, which are exempt from the caps, may serve as a backup plan.

Tags: budget , 2016 budget , Budget Control Act , sequestration , Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments , Todd Harrison , Robert Work , cybersecurity , Joint Regional Security Stacks , Center for New American Security , Jared Serbu

Monday - 02/02/2015, 05:24am EST

Cost doesn't factor heavily in military compensation panel recommendations

The nine-member Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission submitted 15 recommendations to bring effectiveness and efficiency, and that would protect, maintain and improve benefits for the service members.

Tags: pay and benefits , workforce , Congress , Alphonso Maldon , Bob Daigle , Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission , TRICARE , Jason Miller

Friday - 01/30/2015, 04:02am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission came away from its huge task with a mixed bag of recommendations. Some of the 15 suggestions the experts revealed Thursday were obvious changes that have been needed for decades. Other recommendations are going to cause heartburn among military service members, retirees and their families, and on Capitol Hill. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the commission believes all of them are not only needed, but achievable.

Tags: Jason Miller , In Depth

Friday - 01/30/2015, 05:35pm EST
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