Pentagon Solutions

  • What does the FY2017 budget mean for DoD?

    President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal gives the Defense Department $524 billion, plus another $59 billion for overseas contingency operations.

  • Army base in South Korea gets multi-billion dollar makeover

    The military services have been dithering with Congress over if and where to reduce their real estate footprint.

  • Lessons from Iraq, Afghanistan wars advance medical treatment

    A study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that those injured before 2007 during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars are most at risk for chronic problems from traumatic brain injury.

  • How does the Pentagon express the true cost of flight?

    The Defense Department can be surprisingly vague in how it expresses the cost of flight, and how to interpret it.

  • Bryan Clark: Navy orders over-the-horizon missiles

    Unless they’re strictly for transport, military vehicles are not worth much unless they’re lethal to the enemy. That’s one reason the Navy is moving to improve the lethalness of its littoral combat ships. The Navy’s surface warfare chief has ordered the ships equipped with so-called over-the-horizon missiles. Bryan Clark, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss this and other naval matters in this week’s edition of Pentagon Solutions.

  • Lt. Cmdr. Scott Bennie: Is energy independence a poor military strategy?

    President Barack Obama’s administration continues to work toward his goal of U.S. energy independence by 2018. Meeting that goal may be good policy, but it may not be good military strategy. Lt. Cmdr. Scott Bennie of the Navy Reserve joined In Depth with Francis Rose on Pentagon Solutions. He explained the strategy problem in a piece for the U.S. Naval Institute. His views are his own and not the views of the Navy or the Naval Institute. He said walking away from our relationships with oil producing countries could leave us in a precarious situation militarily.

  • James Burch: The growing problem of compounding pharmacies

    One of the fastest growing areas of fraud in the health care system is in the area of compounding pharmacies. James Burch, deputy inspector general for investigations in the Defense Criminal Investigative Service in the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, joined In Depth with Francis Rose on Pentagon Solutions. He discussed what led to the growing problem of compounding pharmacies.

  • Jonathan Cansdale & Capt. Toshiro Toyama: Air Force gets agile with acquisition

    The Air Force awarded a contract worth nearly half a billion dollars to 22 companies under its Agile Acquisition program. The work is based at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Jonathan Cansdale and Capt. Toshiro Toyama are contracting officers in the Air Force Lifecycle Management Center at Eglin. As part of Pentagon Solutions, they told In Depth with Francis Rose about the details of the contract. Cansdale described the parameters of the contract that make it agile

  • Kevin Fahey: Army uses IT Box to procure cyber tools

    The Information Technology Box is the Army’s new method of procuring cyber solutions quickly. The Army will use it to procure tools to support defensive cyber operations like sensors and analytics. But the box itself isn’t new. Kevin Fahey, executive director of the System of Systems Engineering and Integration Directorate in the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, joined In Depth with Francis Rose on Pentagon Solutions. Fahey said DoD first used the IT box construct around 2008.

  • Sgt. Maj. Dan Dailey: Army to implement new evaluation report

    The Army is instituting a new evaluation system for determining who gets promoted. It will start to use its new non-commmissioned officer evaluation report in 2016. The Army is fine-tuning the NCOER and training personnel on how to use it. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Dan Dailey joined In Depth with Francis Rose on Pentagon Solutions today. He explains why the Army decided the new evaluation system was necessary and why the new one will bring the Army better leadership.

  • Bob Hale: DoD prepares for possible CR from Congress

    The Department of Defense has a list of exceptions it wants Congress to consider if, or when, it passes a continuing resolution for the beginning of fiscal year 2016, Oct. 1. Bob Hale is a fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton and former undersecretary of defense comptroller. He dealt with several of the department’s requests for changes to previous-year budgets in his time there. He is out with a new publication through the Brookings Institution, called Budgetary turmoil at the Department of Defense from 2010 to 2014. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explains why he wanted to write it.

  • Debora Plunkett: A new leader and a new look for NSA

    The National Security Agency’s leader — Adm.l Mike Rogers — now has a senior adviser for equality. Debora Plunkett holds that position and has been in that role for about almost a year. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about her office’s mission and the responsibilities she was given when the office was created.

  • NSA equality adviser says workforce diversity improving

    The NSA’s adviser on equality says workforce diversity is improving as the agency attempts to balance its mission with the men and women hired to help it succeed.

  • Army finalizing RFPs for big dollar multiple-award contracts

    The Army plans on requesting proposals for the third iterations of its ITES and ADMC contracts by next January. New proposals will likely tackle target areas such as mobility, cloud integration and cybersecurity, but CHESS wants to make sure small businesses are in the running for contracts.