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Hagel successor expected to fight more threats, increase DoD spending

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's decision to resign Monday has produced plenty of speculation about his successor. Military experts retired Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro and Jim Thomas of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments said the new DoD secretary will likely lobby Congress for more money to deal with new threats.

Tags: DoD , Chuck Hagel , Robert Work , Jim Thomas , Arnold Punaro , Ashton Carter , Michele Flournoy , Jack Reed , Barack Obama , Pentagon , White House , budget , sequestration

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 05:12am EST
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Cautious responders at Pentagon transport ill woman to area hospital

Arlington County officials have transported an ill woman found Friday in a Pentagon parking lot to a local Virginia hospital. According to a DoD spokesperson, the woman told first responders she had recently traveled to Africa.

Tags: DoD , Pentagon , emergency response , workforce

Friday - 10/17/2014, 01:09pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Congress has repeatedly tried to eliminate the problem of defense acquisition programs that cost more than they're supposed to and take too long to deliver. After several decades of attempts, it might be time to admit that lawmakers can't solve all of the Pentagon's purchasing problems. As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu explains.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , DoD , acquisition , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , Congress , Pentagon , In Depth

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 10:15am EDT
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Cary Russell, Director of Defense Capabilities, GAO

The F-22 Raptor made its combat debut against the Islamic State in Syria this week. The F-22 project cost about $70 billion over a decade. The Pentagon expects the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to be combat-ready in four years, and it's already the most expensive weapon system in Defense Department history. Cary Russell, director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office, estimates the cost of running the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. He told In Depth with Francis Rose after DoD activates the F-35 for combat, the cost could reach about $1 trillion.

Tags: DoD , In Depth , Francis Rose , Cary Russell , GAO , F-22 Raptor , Pentagon Solutions , F-35 Joint Strike Fighter , Pentagon

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 04:08pm EDT
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John Pendleton, Government Accountability Office

The Pentagon says it's time to trim down the size and the cost of its headquarters staff around the world. The Government Accountability Office says the size of the overall workforce at the Pentagon's combatant commands doubled over the past decade. Overall spending to support the command headquarters grew by almost $1 billion, too. John Pendleton is director of defense capabilities and management of the GAO. He explained DoD's reduction plan and recommended ways to shrink the workforce on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: Pentagon , GAO , John Pendleton , workforce

Monday - 07/07/2014, 04:10pm EDT
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US military advisors arriving in Baghdad

Ninety of the 300 U.S. military advisers and special operations forces going to Iraq are in Baghdad. The Pentagon says they will begin to do three things: assess the strength of Iraqi forces, gauge the skill of The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and determine if it's viable to send more US advisory teams to Iraq.

Tags: military advisers , Pentagon , DoD , Pentagon & Beyond , Iraq , ISIS , ISIL

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 05:06pm EDT

US military advisors granted legal protection in Iraq

The Pentagon says Iraq has agreed to grant legal protection for the U.S. military advisors headed there to assess the state of Iraq's military and the threat from ISIL. That means they will be granted immunity from prosecution for any crimes they commit or legal trouble they might find themselves in during their deployment. Now that the agreement has been made, the first advisory teams will be established.

Tags: Pentagon , Pentagon & Beyond , Iraq , ISIL , immunity

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 09:26am EDT

Russian troops still on Ukraine border

The Pentagon says Russia is not withdrawing its troops from the Ukraine border, despite Moscow's claim that the order to pull out has been given. Rear Adm. John Kirby says small numbers of Russian troops have gone back and forth to forward operating bases near the border, but the U.S. has seen no movement of Russian troops back to their home bases. NATO says Russia has 40,000 troops along the border.

Tags: Russia , Ukraine , Moscow , DoD , Pentagon , NATO , John Kirby

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 05:38pm EDT
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