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Frank Hoffman, Senior Research Fellow, National Defense University

The definition of the word "strategy" is changing at the Defense Department. And not in a good way. That's according to Frank Hoffman, senior research fellow at the National Defense University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the current definition of the word "strategy" needs to change in four ways, and should include some extra tweaks too.

Tags: Frank Hoffman , National Defense University , In Depth

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 05:12pm EDT

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, Director, F-35 Integration Office, Air Force

The Air Force is adding triple the staff to its F-35 Integration Office. That increases the staff from four to 12. And Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark Welsh, said the aircraft's cost curve is finally starting to come down. Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian is the new director of the F-35 Integration Office at the Air Force. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he talked about cost, capability, and lessons learned from the program.

Tags: Jeffrey Harrigian , Air Force , F-35 , F-35 Integration Office , In Depth ,

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 04:17pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

For the past four years, the Pentagon has proposed a new round of base closures, and Congress has rejected each one. But with or without lawmakers' approval, military bases are getting smaller. DoD may even close some of them without Congress' explicit permission. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

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

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 10:41am EDT

Navy finalizing strategy to begin moving cyber into warfighter domain

The Department of Navy's Cyber Fleet Command is among the first military services to recognize the need to operationalize cyber along with traditional weapons. DISA Director Gen. Ronnie Hawkins said the Joint Regional Security Stacks (JRSS) should move into a cyber range to test the security architecture against real-world attack simulations.

Tags: Navy , Technology , Cybersecurity , DISA , Kevin Cooley , Ronnie Hawkins , Kevin Nally , Joint Regional Security Stacks , Marine Corps , C4SIR & Networks , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 04:04am EDT

Tom Collina, Director of Policy, Ploughshares Fund

Members of the House and Senate Armed Services committees can't decide if the defense budget should be above or below sequestration caps. So both the House and Senate's plans keep DoD's budget within the caps set by the 2011 Budget Control Act and increase funds for overseas contingency operations. Tom Collina is director of policy for the Ploughshares Fund and former research director of the non-partisan Arms Control Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the OCO budget plans are just a political compromise and don't address the real issues confronting defense spending reform.

Tags: Tom Collina , Ploughshares Fund , sequestration , Congress , In Congress

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 04:28pm EDT

Craig Bond, Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School

The Defense Department is considering changing how much the agency subsidizes commissaries to save the agency money. But changing the subsidy level may mean fewer people use the commissaries and buy at regular stores instead. Craig Bond, economist is a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what he found would happen if prices at the commissaries go up.

Tags: Craig Bond , Pardee RAND Graduate School , In Depth

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 04:53pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Congress has made clear in at least two federal laws that it thinks military members should be able to vote in state, local and federal elections no matter where they are. But a large group of the House of Representatives is still worried that's not the case. They want GAO to take a fresh look at the Federal Voting Assistance Program, the DoD office that facilitates overseas voting programs. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu shares this and other news in this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's notebook.

Tags: Jared Serbu , In Depth , Federal Voting Assistance Program , GAO , Inside the Reporters Notebook

Friday - 04/03/2015, 04:41pm EDT

McCain says Air Force's headquarters cutbacks are illusory

Sen. John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee,has sent a letter to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James accusing the Air Force of engaging in a "shell game that simply moved money to fund the same positions elsewhere in the service."

Tags: FVAP , Air Force , Congress , DoD Inspector General , Audit readiness , Jared Serbu

Monday - 04/06/2015, 03:32am EDT

Lawmakers seek new review of military voting assistance program

Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have sent a unanimous, bipartisan letter to the Government Accountability Office asking for a new review of the Federal Voting Assistance Program, the DoD office in charge of helping military members and civilians living abroad cast their ballots. The committee notes that GAO has issued several reports on FVAP since 2001, but says that "continued management attention to FVAP still remains a priority."

Tags: FVAP , Air Force , Congress , DoD Inspector General , Audit readiness , Jared Serbu , Inside the Reporter

Monday - 04/06/2015, 03:20am EDT
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