The Air Force claims the most progress in helping the military improve financial management. But government auditors say the Defense Department’s effort to get an unqualified financial audit is at risk. One reason is the shortcomings in IT systems. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp where DoD stands as the first of two financial management deadlines approach. Read Federal News Radio’s related article.
The Air Force does a 180 and now predicts it will meet the September and the 2017 financial management deadlines. Government auditors and Senate lawmakers agree the key to this effort is whether the Defense Department can upgrade and improve their track record in implementing ERP systems.
The Government Accountability Office said a recent report that the Department of Defense paid $150 per gallon for alternative jet fuel HEFA (hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids) which is made from algae. That’s more than 64 times the current market price for standard carbon-based fuels. The report indicated only a small amount of the fuel was purchased for testing.
The Air Force could be facing a perfect storm of personnel issues when it comes to scientific talent. It’s hard to attract young scientists to government work over a higher paid industry job. Dr. Mica Endsley, chief scientist of the Air Force, tells In Depth with Francis Rose that as many senior officials seek early retirement, the Air Force is looking at a gap in its pipeline of future leaders in the science and engineering fields.
Members of Congress aren’t happy with the Air Force’s proposal to cut entire fleets of aircraft out of its inventory. But the service insists it’s the only way to comply with the budget caps Congress created, and the alternatives would be far more painful.
Today’s Combat Air Force has the fewest bombers and fighters and the oldest aircraft ever. The Defense Department and Congress are hitting a sweet spot to fix that, according to two experts in military aviation. Mark Gunzinger, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, writes about the future of the Air Force with retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Dave Deptula, now a senior scholar at the Air Force Academy. Gunzinger talks to In Depth with Francis Rose about revamping the Air Force for the next fight.
In a budget environment in which cost overruns are very likely to lead to canceled programs, the Air Force says it’s pressing it prime vendors to remove any costs they possibly can from their subcontracted supplier base.
The Air Force is making a new push to lower the prices of its acquisition programs by asking contractors to scrub their supply chains for unnecessary costs. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports the service thinks it’s made some progress, but that it’s still paying more than it should.
The Pentagon will complete the Joint Regional Security Stacks in the European theater by the end of this year, two years earlier than planned. DoD already has begun to construct this regional cyber approach in the U.S. as part of its Joint Information Environment program.
As the combat mission in Afghanistan comes to a close, the awards process is up for review.
A decade’s worth of catch-up coming in the Air Force.
Air Force officials say their service already was facing readiness issues because of the high operational tempo of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But sequestration worsened the problems, and continuing the budget caps will set back a readiness recovery.
The Air Force celebrates the retirement of one of its own – doggie style.
Air Force leaders intend to surpass their share of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s edict to reduce DoD headquarters spending by 20 percent and complete the task several years ahead of schedule. The personnel cuts are part of the service’s plan to shrink its size in order to catch up with decades of deferred spending on readiness and modernization.