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James announces 9 steps to a more diverse Air Force

Troubled by a lack of women and minorities at the Air Force's higher levels, its leaders are rolling out nine initiatives focusing on recruitment, promotions and retention. "This is not just about how we look. It's about our readiness and capabilities today and in the future," Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said.

Tags: Deborah Lee James , Air Force , diversity , Mark Welsh , Center for New American Security

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 04:34pm EST

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress Wednesday he believes civilian workforce reductions need to be part of the Pentagon's strategy to deal with tightening budgets. Carter said the workforce has grown in some understandable ways over the past decade, but there are some areas that ought to shrink. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

Tags: Ash Carter , Jared Serbu , In Depth

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 04:50pm EST
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2016 budget aims to 'arrest' deterioration in military facilities

Nearly a quarter of the military's facilities are rated as in "poor" condition; another 7 percent are failing. Officials say their 2016 budget would begin to dig out of billions of dollars in backlogged maintenance needs.

Tags: Facilities , sequestration , Budget Control Act , Congress , John Conger , Miranda Ballentine , Katherine Hammack , Dennis McGinn , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 08:51am EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The budget the Defense Department is pushing for in 2016 will help the agency start to dig out of a big backlog of deferred maintenance on military bases. But Pentagon officials say even their own plan isn't a complete solution to deteriorating facilities, and if sequestration returns next year, things will likely get much worse. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Tags: In Depth , Jared Serbu , BRAC , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 04:40pm EST
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Bipartisan House bill challenges DoD travel cuts

Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle are fighting back against the Pentagon's cost-cutting plan for employees who travel for work.

Tags: Congress , Derek Kilmer , Walter Jones , NFFE , AFGE

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 11:24am EST

Adm. Paul Zukunft, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

He vows, "We will not do more with less. Those days are over." With the shadow of shutdown looming, the Commandant gave his State of the Coast Guard address this week. He said aging platforms and crumbling infrastructure threaten mission success. He also vowed to take decisive action to alleviate the strain. Adm. Paul Zukunft is the 25th Commandant of the Coast Guard, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the state of the Coast Guard.

Tags: Paul Zukunft , Coast Guard , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , State of the Coast Guard , Commandant

Friday - 02/27/2015, 09:29am EST
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A return to sequestration would set back DoD network modernization by years

Defense technology officials told House lawmakers that progress toward a Joint Information Environment would be delayed by two-to-three years if budget caps remain in place.

Tags: Congress , House Armed Services Committee , Terry Halvorsen , Robert Ferrell , Kevin Nally , JIE , JRSS , Jared Serbu

Friday - 02/27/2015, 04:20am EST

Daniel Snyder, Government Contract Specialist, Bloomberg Government

The Defense Department has a plan for improving and extending the live of its existing weapons system. It involves replacing microelectronic subassemblies, and DoD has set aside a lot of money for it. A new multiple award contract (MAC) worth billions is coming from the Defense Microelectronics Activity. Daniel Snyder, a contract specialist for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the MAC and DoD's plan.

Tags: Daniel Snyder , Bloomberg Government , Weapons system , Defense Microelectronics Activity , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Friday - 02/27/2015, 09:40am EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department's top IT leaders tell Congress sequestration would set back DoD's plans to modernize its networks by two to three years. That would impact everything from cybersecurity upgrades to day-to-day training activities. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Congress , technology , In Depth

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 04:47pm EST
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Lt. Gen. Jack Klimp, President, National Association for Uniformed Services

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said he's open to considering changes to the retirement plans for members of the military. The military compensation and retirement modernization commission has submitted its recommendations to the the secretary's office. Retired Marine Lt. Gen. Jack Klimp is president and CEO of the National Association for Uniformed Services. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the commission's work may be a good starting point for the discussion.

Tags: Jack Klimp , National Association for Uniformed Services , Marine Corps , retirement , pay and benefits , In Depth

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 04:29pm EST
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