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Michael Rhodes — Director of administration and management for the Defense Department
Public Service Recognition Week got a little specific at the Pentagon yesterday. DoD recognized 34 civilian employees that display the core qualities of honor, integrity and excellence in their everyday service.
The “Spirit of Service” event in the Pentagon Center Courtyard included Air Force Secretary Mike Donley, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, Army Assistant Secretary for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Thomas Lamont and Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Vice Admiral Harry Harris.
Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter spoke at the event, as did Director of Administration and Management Michael Rhodes. Rhodes tells In Depth that Public Service Recognition Week is important at the Pentagon because of who it honors.
The Pentagon is in “cut” mode, and that’s even before Defense officials started planning for sequestration.
So far, the cuts lawmakers have proposed are coming mostly from weapons systems and the number of uniformed personnel. Some experts say the civilian workforce isn’t feeling much of the pain the rest of the agency is feeling.
Arnold Punaro, the chief executive officer of the Punaro Group and a member of the Defense Business Board, tells In Depth how the civilian structure at the Pentagon has changed over the past few years and what it looks like now.
Punaro also discussed whether DoD’s revamped strategy and budget proposal go far enough ni addressing the civilian workforce.