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.
The Navy and Air Force contemplate partnering up to develop the next generation of fighters, which are currently due out in 2030. Rear Adm. Mike Manazir is the director of Air Warfare for the Navy. He says the goal is to develop a successor that fits both services\' goals. On the Federal Drive at the Sea-Air-Space 2015 conference at National Harbor, Manazir gave Federal News Radio\'s Emily Kopp his vision for the future of naval aviation.
The Air Force is adding triple the staff to its F-35 Integration Office. That increases the staff from four to 12. And Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark Welsh, said the aircraft\'s cost curve is finally starting to come down. Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian is the new director of the F-35 Integration Office at the Air Force. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he talked about cost, capability, and lessons learned from the program.
Last week marked the death of a great, if largely forgotten, American. Robert Hite was a co-pilot in the legendary Doolittle\'s bombing raid over Tokyo in the midst of World War II. Doolittle\'s Raiders shattered the idea that Japan was invulnerable and changed the psychology of the war. Hite\'s oral history has been preserved by the Air Force Historical Research Agency. Its director, Charles O\'Connell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more of what the agency does.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter has tapped the Air Force\'s Eric Fanning to be his chief of staff, creating some movement in Air Force leadership.
Sen. John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee,has sent a letter to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James accusing the Air Force of engaging in a \"shell game that simply moved money to fund the same positions elsewhere in the service.\"
Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have sent a unanimous, bipartisan letter to the Government Accountability Office asking for a new review of the Federal Voting Assistance Program, the DoD office in charge of helping military members and civilians living abroad cast their ballots. The committee notes that GAO has issued several reports on FVAP since 2001, but says that \"continued management attention to FVAP still remains a priority.\"
Task Force Cyber Secure will attempt to apply the same degree of rigor and oversight DoD uses for its computing networks to everything else that's vulnerable to cyber threats, including weapons systems and industrial control systems. The Air Force is following in the footsteps of the Navy to ensure cybersecurity is everyone's responsibility.
The Air Force and Northrop Grumman have a new deal in place. They're calling it a public-private partnership, and it will enable Northrop Grumman to provide the Air Force with sustainment of future weapon systems. Air Force officials say they hope the deal will improve efficiency, both in negotiations and in implementing future projects. Dr. Chris Jones, the president of Northrop Grumman Technical Services, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the partnership and how it works.
The newest edition of the Virtual Enterprise Service Desk is now active on the desktops of airmen all across the Air Force. Version 2.0 includes capabilities that will make users more self-reliant, which will save the Air Force money. Lt. Col. Mark Reith, commander of the 690th Network Support Squadron, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how airmen will find some new power when they click on the vESD icon on their desktops.
Lt. Col. Andrea deCamara, chief of the Air Force Legal Operations Agency's Special Victims Counsel Division, said victim empowerment is extremely important. "The conviction is not what we'd like to focus on for the victim; it's empowering the victim to be able to make informed choices," she told Federal News Radio's Agency of the Month radio show.
Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joins host Mark Amtower to discuss the top procurement issues in 2015, and how they are impacting contractors. March 23, 2015
Dr. Mica Endsley, chief scientist of the Air Force, works to combat cyber concerns. "I would prioritize defense of our computer systems to be probably among the highest priorities that we have today," she tells Federal News Radio's Agency of the Month radio show.
The Air Force owns a huge stockpile of intercontinental ballistic missiles and bombers that are quickly aging in place. It owns two out of three legs of the US nuclear triad; the Navy owns the third. Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak, assistant chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration for the Air Force, tells Federal News Radio's Jason Fornicola how the service is modernizing its two legs of the US nuclear triad.