Viola's nomination was out of the blue, but experts say that might work to his advantage. Outsiders can create an opportunity for change through new perspectives.
As some of the best officers leave the Army, the service's personnel evaluation system is stuck in the 1950s and it's still years before anything can change. Federal News Radio's special report, The Army is Shortchanging its Future Force, shows the Army is starting to take steps to address the problem to meet its Force of the Future goals.
Officers with advanced civilian degrees are getting pushed out of the Army. But they are the very people Defense Secretary Ash Carter wants in the military. The Army's aging personnel evaluation system may be to blame.
Defense-minded voters have been left with relatively little to go on as the nation nears the end of a presidential campaign that’s included only scant discussion of military issues.
Nora Bensahel, distinguished scholar in residence at American University, and retired Lt. Gen. David Barno, a distinguished practitioner there, are co-authors of The Future of the Army, published by the Atlantic Council. They walked Federal Drive with Tom Temin through some of the budget challenges the Army currently faces.
Intelligence analysts say a new Defense Department data gathering policy helps civil liberties and intelligence work.
DoD is trying to make sure its chosen strategy is easily picked up by the next presidential administration.
The Navy's top energy official said he thinks the tide is turning in Congress when it comes to green energy and the military.
The Marine Corps is looking toward personnel for ways to meet its cyber mandates in a time of budget cuts.
The National Security Agency has retained almost 97 percent of its employees in 2015.
Northrop Grumman is celebrating a huge win in the Long Range Strike Bomber competition and Boeing is considering a protest of the final decision. Jim Hasik, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, told In Depth with Francis Rose there are still a lot of questions to answer about how much the planes will cost and how fast the Air Force really needs them.
The Department of Homeland Security's deputy secretary said a bill that would help the private sector share information with the government is much-needed. Critics of the bill worry about citizens' privacy.
Identifying the details of where the Defense Department's money goes is the major contribution of new research from the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Steve Grundman is George Lund fellow at the Atlantic Council and former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Industrial Affairs and Installations. He spoke at the rollout event for the research project. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose his favorite part of the CSIS work is a survey of acquisition reform over the last 50 years because it shows a distinct milestone in the way acquisition reform has gone historically.
After nearly 20 years of development, the Marine Corps said its first squadron of F35B joint strike fighters is just about ready for combat. It's the first joint strike fighter model to reach initial operational capability and the Defense Department spends nearly $100 billion in the process so far. Jim Hasik is a senior fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose what the Pentagon could have spent its money on instead.