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.
President-elect Donald Trump's promises to expand the military are bringing up classic debates that may end with a bigger force structure.
Congress fences off funds for the Defense Innovation Unit Experiment until DoD submits a report.
Pentagon Solutions talks to Charles Tiefer, law professor at the University of Baltimore, and Kelly Sayler, associate fellow at the Center for a New American Security.
China, Russia and Iran are all working on so-called anti-access and area-denial capabilities and missile systems aimed at neutralizing U.S. carriers. That's according to a new study by the Center for a New American Security. For details, Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke to principal author Kelley Sayler.
With one year before the next presidential election, it's a safe bet the next administration will face challenges dealing with military veterans and with the still-troubled Veterans Affairs Department. Now the Center for a New American Security has come up with a comprehensive blueprint for the military and veterans community. Report co-author Kate Kidder shared some of the highlights with Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Navy is analyzing results from F-35 Joint Strike Fighter testing off the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower. The latest problems of the F-35 program are pilot weight limits due to ejector seat problems, a promise from the new prime minister of Canada to cancel his country's participation in the program, not to mention budget and scheduling issues with the Ford-class aircraft carrier program. Retired Navy Capt. Jerry Hendrix, senior fellow and director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program at the Center for a New American Security, talks the future of naval aviation with In Depth with Francis Rose.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald says most veterans don't know what Blue Button, E-Benefits or MyHealtheVet are and what each of those services can do for them. He wants his new Veterans Experience Officer -- Tom Allin -- to consolidate the department's websites into one. Phil Carter is a senior fellow and director of the Military, Veterans and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose why simplifying everything could be an even bigger challenge for the VA.
The Navy believes it finally has the major structural problems of the Littoral Combat Ship behind it. The program executive officer for LCS Mission Modules -- Captain Casey Moton -- says the program is making strides. Retired US Navy Captain Jerry Hendrix is senior fellow and director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program at the Center for a New American Security. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose where the program stands and what the obstacles may be.
Gen. Martin Dempsey releases a new National Military Strategy as one of the last major actions of his term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dempsey said the strategy addresses the factors that are driving massive change in the military environment. Michael Vlahos is professor at the Johns Hopkins University Global Security Studies Program, and was recently a professor at the U.S. Naval War College. Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Jerry Hendrix is the director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program at the Center for a New American Security and former director of the Naval History and Heritage Command. They tell In Depth with Francis Rose about document's impact and Hendrix explains what makes it different from other strategy documents
The House and Senate Budget Committees are working through plans today that would add funds to the Overseas Contingency Operations budget. But the White House has already said President Barack Obama won't sign a budget with a huge increase in OCO funding. Long-term financial planning for the military is one aspect of a long-term strategy detailed in a new work called "Avoiding Trivia: A Strategy for Sustainment and Fiscal Security." Retired Navy Capt. Jerry Hendrix is the author and senior fellow and director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program at the Center for a New American Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Jerry explained where the term "avoiding trivia" comes from and how it applies to military strategy.
An independent report cites a "fee-for-service" model as a main driver in DoD's rising medical costs, and urges the department to value outcomes over volume in upcoming TRICARE procurement.
By one measure, the Defense Department's health care bill is triple what it was 15 years ago. By another, medical costs make up 10 percent of the military's budget, compared to 6 percent in 2000. A new report from the Center for a New American Security says the department has to get health spending under control, and offers two main prescriptions. Peter Levin is an adjunct fellow at the center, and also a former chief technology officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs. In an interview with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu, he says it's true that the nation's overall health care costs have been rising, but DoD seems to be last in line to address the problem.
The White House has released its 2015 National Security Strategy. It highlights America's recovery from the financial crisis and the importance of leading in a challenged world. It also focuses on how the Defense Department will execute the rebalance to Asia and the Middle East. Jacob Stokes, a fellow at the Center for a New American Security, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer more analysis, as well as explain what separates this version from 2010's.