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Analysis: DoD spending cut starting points

The Pentagon is facing political and economic pressures to restrain its budget, while responding to challenges about the size and cost of the armed services. Jim McAleese, defense analyst and principal at McAleese & Associates takes a look at the process so far.

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Report , DoD , Jim McAleese

Wednesday - 08/04/2010, 10:40am EDT
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How to find low hanging DoD spending cut fruit

US sending big helicopters to help flood relief, Pentagon says Rolling Stone writer denied embed

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Report , Jim McAleese , Pakistan , Rolling Stone , spending cuts

Wednesday - 08/04/2010, 08:40am EDT

Gates digs in on budget cuts

DoD CIO nomination hearing postponed

Tags: Federal Drive , Defense Update , DoD , Robert Gates

Tuesday - 08/03/2010, 08:40am EDT

Petraeus resets Afghan airstrike rules

Industry wants changes in DoD contract reforms

Tags: Federal Drive , Defense Update , DoD ,

Monday - 08/02/2010, 08:40am EDT

SIGIR: Defense can't account for $8.7 billion

A report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction shows that insufficient accounting procedures has left DoD unable to account for 96% of the funding it received from the Development Fund for Iraq.

Tags: DoD , Development Fund for Iraq , Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction , SIGIR , Treasury , Rachel Stevens

Tuesday - 07/27/2010, 06:57am EDT

Katrina's legacy extends to Afghanistan

A team of over 40 civilians is going to Afghanistan to set up a distribution facility where materials are stored and issued to members of the military. Rear Admiral Thomas Traaen tells us how it works.

Tags: Federal Drive , management , logistics , DoD , Defense Distribution Center , Thomas Traaen , Suzanne Kubota

Thursday - 07/22/2010, 09:42am EDT
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Shut up when necessary

The Pentagon is feed up with leaks. "Over the last two years I've lost a first rate central command commander, and an outstanding commander of ISAF in Afghanistan due to their own missteps in dealing with the media, says Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates. He adds' "if you're a Captain in a unit that has an embedded reporter", be as open as possible within the guidelines and rules, but "if you're a Captain working in this building on budget options, I expect you to keep your mouth shut."

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Robert Gates , ISAF , J.J. Green

Tuesday - 07/20/2010, 11:01am EDT

OFPP: Hiring needed ahead of 'tsunami of buying'

Agency leaders say a commitment hiring and training contract oversight personnel is an important step towards balancing the federal budget and increasing efficiency. They highlight several creative cost-cutting measures being undertaken government-wide.

Tags: DoD , OMB , contracting , Dan Gordon , Shay Assad , Barack Obama , Robert Gates , Senate , management , Rachel Stevens

Friday - 07/16/2010, 07:17am EDT

State to turn to contractors when DoD goes

If outsourcing is the answer, what should be the question? We hear from Commissioner Grant Green of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tags: Federal Drive , contracting , Commission on Wartime Contracting , State , DoD , Grant Green

Thursday - 07/15/2010, 10:31am EDT
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