Many federal employees still wonder what direction their agency will head with Donald Trump in the White House – including DoD. Dr. Nora Bensahel and Retired Lt. General David Barno, from the School of International Service at American University, spoke to Eric White on Federal Drive with Tom Temin to provide an analysis of what’s ahead for the Pentagon.
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.
For the better part of 15 years, the Army has canceled and otherwise dis-invested in new technologies and capabilities. That means its soldiers work with old equipment and capabilities increasingly matched by potential adversaries.
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.
The last barrier for women in the military has been removed. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said women in any of the armed services could soon serve in any of the combat responsibilities. The move raises a lot of questions. How will it affect readiness? Combat effectiveness? Logistics? For some possible scenarios, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to retired Army Lt. General David Barno, now a scholar-in-resident at American University.
Acting Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Brad Carson calls the military’s personnel system ”almost Soviet” because of how rigid it is. He will deliver a new plan to Defense Secretary Ash Carter by Aug. 19. Retired Army Lt. Gen David Barno is a distinguished practitioner in residence at American University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he says if anyone can drive progress in DoD’s personnel system in the year and a half the administration has left, it’s Brad Carson.
Defense spending would get a 7.7 percent boost in 2016 under President Obama’s proposed budget. Officials say the department is still feeling the disruption of reduced spending and sequestration cuts from recent years. The 2016 proposal includes funding for a broad range of weapons systems, missile defense and a 1.3 percent raise for service members and department civilians. Lt. Gen. Dave Barno (Ret.) was a senior American commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, and is now with American University. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more analysis.
A steady flow of policy documents details how the branches of the military — and the Defense Department as a whole — will prepare for the wars of the future. But the changing nature of warfare may have the United States preparing for the wrong war. Retired Army Lt. Gen. David Barno is senior fellow and co-director of the Responsible Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security. He was the first Commander of Military Operations-Afghanistan. He writes on War On The Rocks, under the title “The Shadow Wars of the 21st Century,” that war is morphing. He explained how on In Depth with Francis Rose.
President Obama says most troops will be out of Afghanistan by the end of 2016. Some of the billions of dollars worth of equipment over there will come back to be refurbished. Some will have to be sold or destroyed. All those people combined with all of the gear is a major logistics effort. How can the military pull it off? Army Lt. Gen. Dave Barno (Ret.) is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the challenges the Defense Department will face as it withdraws from Afghanistan.