• Retired Lt. Gen. Guy Swan: Army personnel cuts will hurt military communities

    We’ve known for several years that the Army was planning to reduce its active duty end strength from 490,000 soldiers to 450,000. Now we know exactly where those cuts will come from. While the Army says more than 30 bases will be impacted, some will be hit especially hard — Fort Benning, Georgia and Fort Hood, Texas will each lose more than 3,000 soldiers. Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska will lose 2,600. Retired Lt. Gen. Guy Swan is the vice president for education at the Association of the U.S. Army. He tells In Depth guest host Jared Serbu what the cuts mean for soldiers and military communities.

  • John Gordon: New study will help Army craft future capabilities

    The U.S. Army wants to know how it compares to its allies and enemies so it can determine which of its fielded systems are performing comparatively well and what needs to get better. To conduct that analysis, leaders turned to the RAND corporation, which had the challenge of assessing the world’s armies based entirely on open-source information — and distilling it all into a detailed, but unclassified report. John Gordon is a senior policy analyst at RAND, and one of the authors of that report: Comparing U.S. Army Systems with Foreign Counterparts. He tells In Depth guest host Jared Serbu, what the study found, and what the Army wants to get out of it.

  • Joe Petrillo: When is a subcontractor not a subcontractor?

    When is a subcontractor not a subcontractor? Answer: When the prime is so dependent on the sub that, in effect, the sub really is the prime. But it’s not always easy to tell. That’s the gist of a recent case involving an Army services contract. In this week’s Legal Loop, Joe Petrillo, a partner at the law firm Petrillo and Powell, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.

  • Gen. David Perkins: Training the next generation of Army leaders

    The Army releases an update for its Army Operating Concept. It comes from a list of 20 Army Warfighting Challenges. And the Army says both resources are critical tools to build the force it needs 25 and 50 years from now. Gen. David Perkins is commanding general of the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the mission of TRADOC and how his command delivers on that mission.

  • Sisson: No higher calling than serving the American people

    Women of Washington hosts Gigi Schumm and Aileen Black talk to Barbara Sisson, assistant chief of the Army Reserve.

  • DoD’s new personnel chief seeks less ‘churn’ in military leadership ranks

    Brad Carson has been nominated as the undersecretary of Defense for personnel and readiness, the White House announced Tuesday. Carson is already the department’s point man in identifying a broad series of personnel reforms.

  • Army reprimanded general for alleged ethical lapse

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army reprimanded a two-star general for poor judgment in “creating the perception” of undue favoritism in the awarding of a no-bid government contract, and the military will soon decide whether he…

  • Retired Gen. Gordon Sullivan, Association of the US Army

    The military is losing faith because of budget impasses. That’s the judgement of retired Army Gen. Gordon Sullivan, president and CEO at the Association of the U.S. Army. He’s former Chief of Staff of the Army, and is writing about the problem in The Hill newspaper. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose the problem is due to the lack of budget certainty, and the amount of money the military gets from Congress.

  • On DoD: Army rethinks recruiting process with eye toward quality over quantity

    The Army is reexamining its recruitment process. The ultimate goal is to refine the recruiting process so the service still attains top-notch soldiers without ”industrial age” metrics that only measure raw numbers of recruits.

  • The Army celebrates its 240th birthday

    The U.S. Army marked its 240th birthday with solemn ceremonies, plenty of cake and dancing, a fun run and more during two weeks of festivities. The Second Continental Congress created the Army on June 14, 1775. The next day, George Washington agreed to be the Army’s first commander.

  • Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

    What if you’re paying a fixed price for services, but the contractor starts to fall down on the job? That’s what happened to the Army in Afghanistan. It hired a company called Mansoor International to provide trucking. Mansoor was paid a fixed price for each trip, but then things started to go wrong. Joe Petrillo, a partner at the law firm Petrillo and Powell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive for more on the case and the lessons learned we turn to procurement attorney Joe Petrillo, a partner at the law firm Petrillo and Powell.

  • Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations

    The Army is preparing for a more sustainable and adaptable force with the release of the Energy Security and Sustainability Strategy. The plan focuses on ways to optimize resource management and how a more careful use of energy, water and land can help the Army’s mission. Katherine Hammack, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and the Environment, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more information on the plan.

  • Pentagon’s new HR chief says personnel system is in urgent need of reform

    Brad Carson, DoD’s new acting undersecretary for personnel and readiness has until August to deliver recommendations on how to revamp the military personnel system. But in public comments Tuesday, he suggested a major shakeup is in order.

  • McHugh to step down as Army secretary

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh notified President Barack Obama that he planned to step down no later than Nov. 1.