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2:56 pm, March 4, 2015

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2016 budget aims to 'arrest' deterioration in military facilities

Nearly a quarter of the military's facilities are rated as in "poor" condition; another 7 percent are failing. Officials say their 2016 budget would begin to dig out of billions of dollars in backlogged maintenance needs.

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 08:51am EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The budget the Defense Department is pushing for in 2016 will help the agency start to dig out of a big backlog of deferred maintenance on military bases. But Pentagon officials say even their own plan isn't a complete solution to deteriorating facilities, and if sequestration returns next year, things will likely get much worse. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 04:40pm EST
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Bipartisan House bill challenges DoD travel cuts

Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle are fighting back against the Pentagon's cost-cutting plan for employees who travel for work.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 11:24am EST

Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, President, MOAA

The list of recommendations to change DoD's benefits system from the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission have been getting their first hearings on Capitol Hill over the last few weeks. That list details a new healthcare system and a hybrid retirement plan for the four out of five troops who don't serve at least 20 years. The panel's ideas haven't sparked an open revolt in Congress so far, but some outside groups are warning that some of the changes might do more harm than good. Retired Navy Vice Adm. Norb Ryan is president of the Military Officers Association of America. MOAA's doing its own analysis of the recommendations, and shared some ways they could hurt retention with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 04:08pm EST
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Daniel Snyder, Government Contract Specialist, Bloomberg Government

The Defense Department has a plan for improving and extending the live of its existing weapons system. It involves replacing microelectronic subassemblies, and DoD has set aside a lot of money for it. A new multiple award contract (MAC) worth billions is coming from the Defense Microelectronics Activity. Daniel Snyder, a contract specialist for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the MAC and DoD's plan.

Friday - 02/27/2015, 09:40am EST
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Adm. Paul Zukunft, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

He vows, "We will not do more with less. Those days are over." With the shadow of shutdown looming, the Commandant gave his State of the Coast Guard address this week. He said aging platforms and crumbling infrastructure threaten mission success. He also vowed to take decisive action to alleviate the strain. Adm. Paul Zukunft is the 25th Commandant of the Coast Guard, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the state of the Coast Guard.

Friday - 02/27/2015, 09:29am EST
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A return to sequestration would set back DoD network modernization by years

Defense technology officials told House lawmakers that progress toward a Joint Information Environment would be delayed by two-to-three years if budget caps remain in place.

Friday - 02/27/2015, 04:20am EST

Lt. Gen. Jack Klimp, President, National Association for Uniformed Services

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said he's open to considering changes to the retirement plans for members of the military. The military compensation and retirement modernization commission has submitted its recommendations to the the secretary's office. Retired Marine Lt. Gen. Jack Klimp is president and CEO of the National Association for Uniformed Services. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the commission's work may be a good starting point for the discussion.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 04:29pm EST
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Steve Grundman, George Lund Fellow, Atlantic Council

The Defense Business Board said the Pentagon can reduce its spending by $125 billion by getting rid of contracts, offering early retirements and modernizing its business operations. The Board is looking specifically at large commercial firms like Lockheed Martin and Pepsi Co. as inspiration for how to modernize DoD's business portfolio. Steve Grundman is M.A. and George Lund Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and former DoD assistant secretary for industrial affairs and installations. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the Pentagon should be wary of following examples from those large firms.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 04:15pm EST
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Lt. Col. Scott Nelson, Cyber P3 program manager, U.S. Army Reserve

Cyber challenges are more prevalent than ever. That's driving the need for more people with the professional skills necessary to prevent and mitigate attacks. To that end, the Army Reserve has launched a new partnership to build its network of cyber warriors. The program is designed to train soldiers in cyber warfare for both the Reserve and private sector employers. Lt. Col. Scott Nelson is the Army Reserve's Cyber P3 Program Manager. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on how it all works.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 09:13am EST
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Steve Bucci, Heritage Foundation

Some members of Congress propose relying on special operations forces more as defense budgets shrink. But there is a reason special ops is called "special." Steve Bucci is director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy at the Heritage Foundation, former assistant deputy secretary of defense, and a retired Army Special Forces officer. He's one of the contributors to the new 2015 Index of U.S. Military Strength just out from the Heritage Foundation. His piece is titled "The Importance of Special Operations Forces Today and Going Forward." His piece includes five truths about special forces, and on In Depth with Francis Rose, he said he didn't make them up.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 04:41pm EST
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Bill Hartung, Arms and Security Project, Center for International Policy

Chairman John McCain of the Senate Armed Services Committee says the Pentagon doesn't have a sequestration problem. Instead it has a spending problem. Bill Hartung is director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy and author of the report "Promising the Sky: Pork Barrell Politics and the F-35." On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the F-35 program is the perfect starting point for defense acquisition reform.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 04:16pm EST
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A look at the 2016 defense budget

Bloomberg Government analysts Robert levinson and Cameron Leuthy join host Roger Waldron to to talk about what's in the fiscal year 2016 defense budget.
February 24, 2015

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 07:56pm EST
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Dan Goure, Vice President, Lexington Institute

One of the top priorities for Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is to transform the Defense Department into a better, and cheaper, version of itself. One proposal is to hand more responsibilities over to the private sector. Dan Goure is vice president of the Lexington Institute and former director of the Office of Strategic Competitiveness in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the private sector model is making a huge difference for the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defense.

Monday - 02/23/2015, 04:33pm EST
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Jerry Hendrix, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program, CNAS

President Barack Obama's budget request included a small, $5 million item earmarked for a next-generation fighter. And while no one knows exactly what it'll be, it's meant to replace the F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18 Growler by 2030. Jerry Hendrix, a senior fellow and director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program at the Center for a New American Security, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on what exactly the new fighter will be capable of and why it's needed.

Monday - 02/23/2015, 10:09am EST
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Follow-up: DoD's LPTA 'look' is not a LPTA review

An update to an earlier DoD Reporter's Notebook item on the Pentagon embarking on a new review of the department's use of lowest-price technically acceptable (LPTA) contract awards.

Monday - 02/23/2015, 04:21am EST

DoD likely to send Congress a 'what if' report, detailing impacts of sequestration

After having gotten a partial, two-year reprieve from sequestration, the original caps Congress set for the Defense Department in the Budget Control Act (BCA) are scheduled to go back into effect in October.

Monday - 02/23/2015, 04:07am EST

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: DoD plans sequestration impacts report; LPTA review is not an LPTA review

In this week's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, the Pentagon draws a clearer picture of sequestration for Congress and an update to an earlier DoD Reporter's Notebook item on the Pentagon embarking on a new review of the department's use of lowest-price technically acceptable (LPTA) contract awards.

Monday - 02/23/2015, 03:56am EST

Pentagon chief: US considering slowing exit from Afghanistan

The United States is considering slowing its military exit from Afghanistan by keeping a larger-than-planned troop presence this year and next because the new Afghan government is proving to be a more reliable partner, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday.

Sunday - 02/22/2015, 09:36pm EST

The federal hiring market in 2015

Talent acquisition manager Mike Bruni will discuss job trends in the federal government, the kinds of workers that agencies need, and how to land a job in what is a competitive and challenging federal market.
February 20, 2015

Friday - 02/20/2015, 06:41pm EST
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