Defense

  • Defense Department agencies and the armed services have a tall order from the secretary. Robert Gates has called for $100 billion dollars in spending reductions over the next five years. Jim McAleese tells us who should be feeling the heat.

    September 22, 2010
  • Both employee unions and agencies say certain phrases in President Obama\'s executive order creating these committees need to be better defined. VA deputy secretary Gould will lead an effort to bring some precision to terms such as pre-decisional, to make sure everyone is working from the same sheet of paper. National Council on Federal-Labor Management Relations also details first set of bargaining pilots, called B-1.

    September 22, 2010
  • John Young, former Undersecretary of Defense, argues for the need to use more multi-year procurement contracts at DoD.

    September 21, 2010
  • Federal News Radio’s Francis Rose spoke with John Young, the former Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. Young discussed the benefits of multi-year procurements, the topic of his recent article in the Federal…

    September 21, 2010
  • A Marine company in California uses only solar energy to power its Command Center.

    September 21, 2010
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs is spending more than $50 million to help ensure their information security. The money will help the VA better identify all laptops, desktop PCs and other devices linked to its…

    September 21, 2010
  • A week from today --the Senate Armed Services Committee is going to have a hearing about Pentagon\'s plans to close the Joint Forces Command headquarters in Norfolk to save money. Va. Sen. Jim Webb, who is a former Navy Secretary has pushed to get the hearing because they are concerned that the JFCOM closure will hit Virginia and the Tidewater region hard from an economic perspective. Webb and the rest of the Va. Congressional delegations are said to be exploring options to stop the shutdown.

    September 21, 2010
  • If you think things between the U.S. and Russia are cozy, think again. Pentagon officials say two Russian aircraft buzzed a U.S. Navy warship in the Arctic\'s Barents Sea last week, each coming within about 50 yards of the frigate. Flying by Navy ships in international waters is not unheard of. But this Cold War-style incident was enough to stir some concern. Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan said Navy personnel aboard the ship did not believe the actions were hostile. He told reporters on Friday that the U.S. was still trying to determine whether either side broke protocol.

    September 21, 2010
  • It\'s John McCain versus Lady Gaga on Tuesday as the Senate takes up the emotional issue of repealing the ban on gays serving openly in the military.

    September 21, 2010
  • The war of public opinion has invaded social media, and the Defense Department and other civilian agencies are coming out guns blazing.

    September 21, 2010
  • Ted Stevens is an associate at the Center for Science and Security Studies in Kings College in London.

    September 20, 2010
  • Are we getting close to a time when the Air Force will no longer need human pilots?

    September 20, 2010
  • As many as 100 uncensored versions of the book, Operation Dark Heart, have officially made their way to the streets despite the Pentagon\'s efforts to prevent them from being read.

    September 20, 2010
  • There\'s a new type of naval warrior. Commander of Navy Cyber Forces, Rear Admiral Tom Meek explains.

    September 20, 2010

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