Arnold Punaro

Why DoD’s fighting force is ‘ever shrinking’ despite robust budgets

This edition of On DoD features a long discussion on the subject of Defense reform. Our guest is retired Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, who’s just written a…

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FILE - This March 27, 2008 file photo shows the Pentagon in Washington. The Pentagon has endorsed a new slate of initiatives to expand diversity within the ranks and reduce prejudice, including in recruiting, retention and professional development across the force. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Pentagon moves quickly to redistribute duties of now-abolished chief management officer

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Senate Defense bill would eliminate DoD’s chief management officer

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Defense Secretary James Mattis

It’s uncertain who will be on the DoD chopping block with new government reforms

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Ash Carter

Think tank lays out set of reforms for next Defense secretary

A new report singles out DoD’s workforce, TRICARE and service contracts as areas of future change.

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Pentagon staff size takes more flack from experts

Former Pentagon officials told lawmakers that the Defense Department’s oversized workforce is not only hurting the budget, but also policy decisions.

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Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro: Is DoD doing less with more?

Defense Department spending rises every year, even after sequestration. But the fighting force is shrinking. In effect, DoD is doing less with more. Retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, head of the Punaro Group, has been saying on Capitol Hill that Congress and the Pentagon need to tackle their built-in costs. The DOD Comptroller recently said the department would get 96 percent of what it asked for in 2017. Federal Drive with Tom Temin asked Punaro if that’s a useful metric.

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