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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.

Tags: Congress , House Armed Services Committee , Terry Halvorsen , Robert Ferrell , Kevin Nally , JIE , JRSS , Jared Serbu

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

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.

Tags: Paul Zukunft , Coast Guard , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , State of the Coast Guard , Commandant

Friday - 02/27/2015, 09:29am 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.

Tags: Daniel Snyder , Bloomberg Government , Weapons system , Defense Microelectronics Activity , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Friday - 02/27/2015, 09:40am EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department's top IT leaders tell Congress sequestration would set back DoD's plans to modernize its networks by two to three years. That would impact everything from cybersecurity upgrades to day-to-day training activities. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Congress , technology , In Depth

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 04:47pm EST
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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.

Tags: Jack Klimp , National Association for Uniformed Services , Marine Corps , retirement , pay and benefits , In Depth

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.

Tags: Steve Grundman , Atlantic Council , contracting , In Depth

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.

Tags: Scott Nelson , Army Reserve , Army , cybersecurity , Federal Drive

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 09:13am 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.

Tags: Bill Hartung , Project, Center for International Policy , acquisition ,

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 04:16pm 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.

Tags: Steve Bucci , Heritage Foundation , In Depth

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 04:41pm EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The new Cyber Threat Intelligence Center will become the government's focal point for collecting and analyzing all it knows about current cyber threats. But the Homeland Security Department sees the CTIC as serving two more purposes: integrating cyber threat data with intelligence sources from the physical world and declassifying it so it can be shared outside the intelligence community. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

Tags: Jared Serbu , In Depth

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 04:42pm EST
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