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Work: DoD to experience 'trough' of readiness as it resets force

Robert Work, the new deputy defense secretary, told members of the House Armed Services Committee that the Defense Department will experience a two-year trough in readiness as it resets its force,

Tags: DoD , OCO , Robert Work , James Winnefeld , readiness , Afghanistan , counterterrorism , budget , Michael OConnell , House ,

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 05:22pm EDT

Hagel not happy

The House Armed Services Committee is rejecting many cost-savings proposals from the Pentagon including closing excess military bases and retiring aging aircraft. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is displeased about this budget bill, according to Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby. Hagel plans to talk to lawmakers again about the need for another round of base closings, which was also denied by the budget.

Tags: Chuck Hagel , DoD , Pentagon , budget , John Kirby

Monday - 05/12/2014, 08:53am EDT

Pentagon spending plan unveiled

Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has released a $601 billion spending plan that saves the Cold War era U-2 spy plane from the chopping block and also would force the Pentagon to keep the A-10 Warthog in storage. It's all a part of a plan resulting in smaller military budgets after 13 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ironically, though, the plan also denies the Pentagon's request for another round of military base closures to get rid of unnecessary facilities and save $1.4 billion.

Tags: military spending , U-2 spy plane , DoD , A-10 , Iraq and Afghanistan wars , Buck McKeon , Congress , budget

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 08:56am EDT

Roger Zakheim, Counsel, Covington and Burling

The House Armed Services Committee will soon mark up the National Defense Authorization Act. But all the subcommittee markups may be for nothing. The Obama Administration says it can't submit an Overseas Contingency Operation budget until it knows the results of the election in Afghanistan and some leaders in the House say the NDAA doesn't mean much without the OCO budget request. Roger Zakheim is counsel at Covington and Burling and former general counsel and deputy staff director of the House Armed Services Committee and former deputy assistant secretary of Defense. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose the next round of defense spending negotiations might not mean anything.

Tags: Roger Zakheim , DoD , In Depth , Covington & Burling

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 07:13pm EDT
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Even defense hawks are pessimistic about DoD 2015 request for extra funds

The Obama administration says the Defense Department needs an additional $26 billion in excess of next year's Defense spending caps in order to carry out DoD's mission. But even the staunchest defenders of the Pentagon budget on Capitol Hill acknowledge that the extra funding is unlikely to materialize.

Tags: DoD , Congress , budget , Chuck Hagel , Martin Dempsey , Buck McKeon , Jared Serbu

Friday - 03/07/2014, 03:52am EST
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House panel targets DoD acquisition reform, but will that be enough?

The House Armed Services Committee created a panel to figure out a way to reform the defense acquisition processes. Experts say reform may be difficult but it's also necessary given tight budgets and sequestration.

Tags: Dov Zakheim , Bill Greenwalt , In Depth , DoD , acquistion , acquisition workforce , acquisition reform , House , Buck McKeon , Mac Thornberry , DHS , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 11/06/2013, 02:29pm EST
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Hagel, Dempsey discuss Washington Navy Yard shooting

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey discuss the Navy Yard shooting. Hagel says he's employing a broad communication strategy and conducting multiple security reviews.

Tags: Pentagon Solutions , DoD , In Depth , Chuck Hagel , Martin Dempsey , James Amos , Jonathan Greenert , Ray Odierno , Mark Welsh ,

Wednesday - 09/18/2013, 08:30pm EDT
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Column: Cyber dominance meaningless without skilled workforce

Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), co-founder of the bipartisan Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, says the U.S. is falling short when it comes to a skilled cyber workforce capable of operating at the highest levels of its field. His column is part of Federal News Radio's special report, Cybersecurity Rising.

Tags: Jim Langevin , Rhode Island , cybersecurity , House , Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th President , Cybersecurity Rising , workforce , Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus ,

Wednesday - 10/24/2012, 03:31am EDT

From the Pentagon, a plea for budget normalcy

DoD's top financial manager says the Pentagon is pressing forward to meet Congressional edicts for auditable financial statements. But constant federal budget emergencies are sapping huge amounts of energy from the financial workforce tasked with preparing for audit.

Tags: DoD , financial management , audit readiness , Robert Hale , Elizabeth McGrath , Congress , Air Force , Navy , Gladys Commons , Marilyn Thomas , DEAMS , ERP , budget , Jared Serbu , DoD Report , Federal Drive

Monday - 09/17/2012, 05:09am EDT
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OMB, DoD remain mum on sequestration's impact on specific programs

Agencies should not change their spending plans for this year or next, but need to start assessing which programs would be impacted by automatic sequestration cuts if Congress doesn't cancel them, OMB acting Director Jeff Zients told Congress Wednesday.

Tags: Congress , OMB , budget , sequestration , Jeffrey Zients , Ashton Carter , Buck McKeon , Budget Control Act , Jared Serbu , DoD

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 06:09am EDT
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