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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

As if there weren't enough uncertainty in the Pentagon's budget future, officials are wrestling with another looming threat: When the war in Afghanistan formally ends, there's no guarantee DoD will hold onto the overseas contingency account that's funded that operation since 2001. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu reports, military leaders say losing those funds would create a huge problem.

Tags: In Depth , Federal Drive

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 05:51pm EDT
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Another budget quandary for DoD: What if war funding dries up?

Military officials say overseas contingency operations dollars are vital to ongoing operations around the world, even after the wars end. All the services tell the House Armed Services Committee that OCO funding is helping with readiness and maintenance challenges.

Tags: DoD , Congress , sequestration , budget , House Armed Services , Overseas Contingency Operations , Burton Field , James Huggins , Joseph Mulloy ,

Friday - 03/28/2014, 03:44am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Pentagon leaders say the reductions to military personnel spending they're proposing as part of the 2015 budget weren't easy decisions, but Congress needs to OK them this year, or the overall budget picture will get far worse over the next five years. More from Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu.

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Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 05:51pm EDT
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Cuts to military pay and benefits can't wait, Pentagon tells Congress

Defense officials say they are eagerly awaiting next year's report from a congressionally-chartered commission that's currently examining military compensation. But officials say intense pressure on the top-line defense budget demands significant changes to personnel spending.

Tags: DoD , military pay , Congress , pay and benefits , Lindsey Graham , Kirsten Gillibrand

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 04:30am EDT
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Cuts to military pay and benefits can't wait, Pentagon tells Congress

Defense officials say they are eagerly awaiting next year's report from a Congressionally-chartered commission that's currently examining military compensation. But officials say intense pressure on the top-line defense budget demands significant changes to personnel spending.

Tags: military pay , DoD , Pentagon , budget , Congress

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 04:34am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army delivered both good and bad news in budget hearings on Capitol Hill this week. Leaders said the recent two-year budget agreement helps the Army recover from a decline in readiness caused by sequestration. But, they say the recent gains will be erased unless lawmakers undo sequestration in 2016 and beyond. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu shares details from the hearing. Read Jared's related story.

Tags: In Depth

Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 06:29pm EDT
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Army foresees another drop in military readiness if sequestration returns

The Army says it is now replacing funds in its readiness accounts that were depleted when cuts under sequestration first kicked in a year ago. But last year's readiness problems are likely to repeat in 2016 and beyond if Congress allows the automatic Defense cuts in current law to persist.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Budget Control Act , Bipartisan budget agreement , sequestration , House Armed Services Committee , John McHugh , Odierno , William Enyart , workforce , Training , Readiness ,

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 04:09am EDT
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Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, Commanding General, Army Corps of Engineers

Over the past 12 years, the Army Corps of Engineers has had a full plate building new facilities for the last round of base realignments, dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and a lot of overseas construction in Iraq and Afghanistan. But as wars and military budgets draw down, it's time for the agency to reshape itself, says Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, the Corps' commanding general. He spoke with Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu. Hear Jared's full hour-long interview with Bostick, Weds. March 26 at 3p.m. Listen here.

Tags: Thomas Bostick , Army Corps of Engineers , On DoD ,

Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 01:38pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon is ready to speed up a major cybersecurity upgrade in Europe.

Tags: In Depth , Federal Drive

Thursday - 03/20/2014, 07:01pm EDT
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Army prepares to undergo its first large-scale financial audit

The Army hopes to follow behind the Marine Corps in successfully passing a partial audit of its financial statements. While the service acknowledges it's unlikely to get a clean opinion on the first go-round, it is confident enough in its internal controls to give it a try.

Tags: DoD , Army , management , Audit readiness , Financial management , Kristyn Jones , AFCEA , Marine Corps

Thursday - 03/20/2014, 05:08am EDT
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