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5:22 am, April 27, 2015

DoD News

Navy assigning more high-level attention to small business in all of its programs

The military services, like Congress, are concerned about losing their small suppliers, particularly when they provide critical parts that are must-have components of modern weapons systems.

Updated 18 minutes, 19 seconds ago

Pentagon seeks to speed up its investigations of official misconduct

The DoD IG believes that investigations into alleged misconduct by DoD officials can be cut roughly in half by 2017 if the department follows the recommendations it delivered in a report released publicly last week.

Updated 26 minutes, 30 seconds ago

Senators ask Carter to probe alleged retaliation against former DISA comptroller

Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) wrote to Defense Secretary Ash Carter asking him to launch an investigation into possible whistleblower retaliation.

Updated 31 minutes, 49 seconds ago

Petraeus sentenced to 2 years' probation for military leak

Ex-CIA chief Petraeus gets 2 years' probation, fine for sharing military secrets with mistress

Friday - 04/24/2015, 11:20am EDT

New Pentagon strategy warns of cyberwar capabilities

For first time, Pentagon publicly lays out cyberwarfare capabilities in case of conflict

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 08:08pm EDT

Pentagon's new cyber strategy looks to Silicon Valley

The cyber policy revisions, which Ashton Carter will announce during a speech at Stanford University, will be the first significant update since 2011, when the department issued its first-ever cyber strategy. Carter's visit to Silicon Valley is the first such trip in 20 years for a Defense secretary. Officials say the pilgrimage is meant to build tighter partnerships between DoD and the tech sector it depends on for cybersecurity and technology innovation.

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 04:03am EDT
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Brig. Gen. Sarah Zabel, Cyberspace Strategy & Policy, U.S. Air Force

Chief information officers are engaging more than ever in agency mission delivery. Part of the problem, at least in the military, is historic and structural, according to Brig. Gen. Sarah Zabel. She's director of cyberspace strategy and policy in the Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Air Force. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained the history behind the separation between mission and IT, and how to bring them together to help fight wars.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:30pm EDT
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Paula Thornhill, Director, Strategy and Doctrine Program, RAND

A collaboration experiment between civilian academics and military officers leads to an unexpected discovery. The RAND Corporation says the two groups both felt intimidated by each other. Paula Thornhill, director of the Strategy and Doctrine Program and senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why colleagues need to shed underlying doubts about each other to achieve true collaboration.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:28pm EDT
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Bryan Clark, CSBA, and Bryan McGrath, Ferrybridge Group

The Navy has five financial opportunities to modernize its fleet, according to Bryan Clark, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and former special assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations. He was one witness at a hearing of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces. The other witness at the hearing was Bryan McGrath, managing director of the FerryBridge Group, and former director of the Navy Strategic Actions Group. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they talked about what the committee asked -- and what they didn't ask.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:16pm EDT
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Everett Pyatt, McCain Institute, Arizona State University

The Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry, proposes incremental steps to reform the defense acquisition process. But his ideas are just treating the symptoms of a dysfunctional system and don't address the root problems, according to Everett Pyatt, leader of the Project for Defense Management and Acquisition Leadership for the McCain Institute at Arizona State University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he identified conceptual flaws in the system that need to change to make defense acquisition reform permanent.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:13pm EDT
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Officials: Ex-Pentagon spokesman to move to State Department

Former Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby will retire from the military and move to the State Department to be that agency's new public face, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 02:17pm EDT

DoD to miss 2017 audit deadline, says deputy chief management officer nominee

Peter Levine, the nominee to be the Pentagon's next deputy chief management officer, said he will need to choose his battles carefully over the next 18 months. His focus areas will include DoD headquarters spending and acquisition reform, he told senators Tuesday.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:08am EDT
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Gen. Barno: Female Army Rangers are coming, if not this year, someday

Three out of 19 women that started the latest class of Army Ranger School yesterday have left the school. That's compared to 78 out of 380 men. Eventually, women will make it through Ranger School, and that's a good thing, according to retired Army Lt. General David Barno. He's a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at American University's School of International Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Barno explained the significance of Ranger School and why it's important women are there.

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 04:44pm EDT
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On DoD: Joseph Marshall, director of the Defense Health Agency business support directorate

The Defense Health Agency is the newest of the combat support organizations that provide services to all of the military departments.

Monday - 04/20/2015, 05:12pm EDT
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Military associations embrace some compensation and retirement recommendations

Five military associations are calling on the House Armed Services Committee members to take a closer look at several of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission's recommendations.

Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:25am EDT

Col. Andrew Mutter, Defense Media Activity, Gene Brink, DoD News

For the past decade, the Defense Department has operated its own 24/7 cable news channel. But as of today, what was once known as the Pentagon Channel has gone dark. Cost was one factor. But officials say they also decided they could do a better job of reaching their audience if they focused their resources on an all-online, on-demand and streaming video format. Col. Andrew Mutter is the deputy director of the Defense Media Activity, and Gene Brink is the director of DoD News, the new name for the cross-platform media operation. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they explained to guest host Jared Serbu why the Pentagon Channel was launched in the first place, and why they decided to ditch the broadcast format.

Friday - 04/17/2015, 04:33pm EDT
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Naval Academy takes trophy at CDX 2015

Midshipmen defeat service academy rivals for top cyber prize.

Friday - 04/17/2015, 02:39pm EDT

Pentagon disputes study finding lower vaccination rates for military kids

New research suggests military children are more likely to be under-immunized against preventable disease than the public at large. Defense officials dispute the findings, saying seemingly-low vaccination rates are due in part to shortcomings in data collection.

Friday - 04/17/2015, 11:30am EDT
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DIA doubles training budget for IT workers in face of growing challenges

Janice Glover-Jones, the Defense Intelligence Agency's chief information officer, said she brought in a training expert from the CIA to help create courses to meet the agency's need for soft and technical skills.

Friday - 04/17/2015, 09:10am EDT
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Bob Hale, Booz Allen Hamilton, Former Comptroller, DoD

The Senate votes 54-43 today to start budget negotiations with the House of Representatives to work out a compromise on a budget resolution. But the Appropriations committees and the committees of jurisdiction over the agencies still have a lot of work to do. A lot of that work will revolve around the defense budget. Bob Hale is former Under Secretary of Defense Comptroller, and now a Fellow at Booz Allen. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered a caution about jumping to conclusions about the budget.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 04:05pm EDT
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