Last month, the Navy held a ceremony to recognize some of its best and brightest acquisition leaders.
One of the winners was the Navy team in charge of managing the fleet’s acquisition program for the DDG-51 line of destroyers. Capt. Mark Vandroff is the program manager for the DDG-51 program, a class that’s been serving in the Navy fleet since the early 1990s. But the Navy’s still building them at two separate shipyards — one of the reasons the program was able to win the Navy award for competition.
Ramsey Sulayman — Legislative associate, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
The Veterans Skills to Jobs Act has passed Congress and will be signed by President Barack Obama.
The measure is designed to make it easier for military members to translate their certifications earned while serving the country to the civilian workforce. The legislation will open more than 70 jobs in the federal government to veterans without needing federal licenses or certifications.
Todd Harrison — Senior Fellow for Defense Budget Studies, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
Former Defense secretary Robert Gates used to frequently say personnel costs are eating the Defense Department alive. If those costs stay on their current trajectory, pay and benefits for servicemembers will crowd out everything else in the DoD budget within just the next few decades.
But a new report takes a relatively novel approach to the military personnel conundrum: Asking servicemembers themselves which benefits they actually care about.
Steve Caldwell — Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO
In the past few years, the Homeland Security Department has sent thousands of security surveys to critical infrastructure companies. DHS is assessing their standards, finding vulnerabilities and prioritizing risk.
But when the Government Accountability Office took a look at those records, they found the survey databases themselves weren’t up to par, according to the findings of a recent report. Steve Caldwell, the director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at GAO, discusses recommendations for improving the survey.