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It manages America's defense attaché system, operating out of U.S. embassies and consulates around the globe. It counts more than 16,500 military and civilian employees in 139 countries, with hundreds in Afghanistan. An unknown number work undercover. Its size has more than doubled since 2000, partly because of the restructuring of military intelligence, and many more employees are deployed abroad. Today, more than half of DIA's staff is posted outside of Washington, compared to less than a third in 2000. The agency is bolstering its clandestine operations overseas.
The Defense Department's 2014 budget proposal reduces the size of the civilian workforce slightly, increases TRICARE premiums, and requests another round of base closures. It also calls for a slight raise for both civilian employees and uniformed servicemembers. The budget significantly exceeds the Defense spending caps in current law.
Federal budget cuts will ground one-third of the U.S. Air Force's active-duty force of combat planes including fighters and bombers. A top general says that means "accepting the risk that combat airpower may not be ready to respond immediately to new contingencies as they occur." Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia, issued the warning as the Pentagon braces for more effects of the automatic spending cuts.
Defense Department officials said Thursday they were considering reducing the number of furlough days for their civilian employees from 14 to seven.
The Air Force commander who overturned a jury's guilty verdict in a sexual assault case -- enraging members of Congress and prompting talk of military justice reform -- explained his case in a letter to a top Pentagon official, saying he found the accused officer and his wife more believable than the alleged victim.
The Pentagon has submitted $526.6 billion that calls for closing bases, slashing the civilian workforce and scrapping weapons programs. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says it reflects the need to pay for the war in Afghanistan, implementing the President's defense strategic guidance. "This budget also increases DoD's investments in its cyber workforce, continues to implement our rebalance to Asia and makes new investments the flexible platforms needed for the future," says Hagel. He also says that future will take place in a world of complete uncertainty.
Mark Easton, DoD's deputy chief financial officer, says the challenges toward a clean audit are significant but the Pentagon is still optimistic.
Former DoD Deputy CFO Al Tucker and Asif Khan from the Government Accountability Office join Francis Rose on this week's edition of Pentagon Solutions to discuss the challenges DoD has in reaching a clean audit by 2017.