Somebody's got to keep tabs on all of the cybersecurity breaches that hit federal agencies. One of the people taking up that grim task is researcher Riley Walters of the Heritage Foundation. He tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin about his latest report.
The Marine Corps' information warfare chief will look into information operations and offensive weapons.
Washington produces lots of opinions about the nation's military power and where it stands in relation to what's going on in the world. Most of them lack coherence, consistency and objectivity. That's according to Dakota Wood, senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation. He's come up with a deeply researched index of U.S. military strength, just released. He spoke to Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Marine Corps’ Deputy Commandant said the investments in cyber and information warfare will make up for fewer Marines.
In a recent memo Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall gives milestone decision authority of some programs to the military service secretaries.
Steve Bucci of the Heritage Foundation and Bryan Clark of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.
Two women will graduate from the Army's Ranger School Friday. They are the first females to pass the grueling combat training program. But they're not guaranteed assignments with the Ranger regiment. New Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley will likely recommend which jobs should be open to women. Steve Bucci is a senior fellow for homeland security and defense issues at the Heritage Foundation and former assistant deputy secretary of defense and retired Army Special Forces officer. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose, what's next for the Ranger graduates.
The military lacks the resources it needs for nearly every one of its forces. The Marines are running with two-thirds of the number of battalions it has needed in the past to meet its daily operational needs. The Army is losing 40,000 active duty troops in the next two years. And advanced missile defense programs are underfunded and behind schedule. Michaela Dodge is a senior analyst for defense and strategic policy at the Heritage Foundation. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose that DoD and the next administration are in desperate need of a new nuclear game plan.
Civilian personnel cuts are on the table as Congress debates the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act and defense appropriations bills. The Office of Personnel Management says seniority is the first factor agencies should consider when making reductions in force. Justin Johnson is a senior policy analyst for defense budgeting policy at the Heritage Foundation. He tells with Francis Rose that DoD shouldn\'t decide who to cut based on how much experience they have, but how well they\'re performing.
Some members of Congress propose relying on special operations forces more as defense budgets shrink. But there is a reason special ops is called "special." Steve Bucci is director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy at the Heritage Foundation, former assistant deputy secretary of defense, and a retired Army Special Forces officer. He's one of the contributors to the new 2015 Index of U.S. Military Strength just out from the Heritage Foundation. His piece is titled "The Importance of Special Operations Forces Today and Going Forward." His piece includes five truths about special forces, and on In Depth with Francis Rose, he said he didn't make them up.
Jim Carafano, director of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies at the Heritage Foundation, and Ron Sanders, vice president and fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton, count down the week's top federal headlines with Francis Rose.
The budget will be one of the first things the new Congress takes up, according to leadership on both sides of Capitol Hill. The Defense Department is already starting its push to end -- or at least cut back on -- sequestration. James Jay Carafano is director of the Davis Institute for International Studies at the Heritage Foundation. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He says he thinks Congress will do a real defense budget in 2015, but that doesn't mean sequestration will go away.
The Pentagon announces more successful air strikes against the Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. The new year hasn't brought a new policy in dealing with the Islamic State, but more American advisers are on the ground in Iraq. And 2015 may be the year that calls for more of an American military presence in both countries to get louder. Steve Bucci is Director of the Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy at the Heritage Foundation. He's former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, and a retired Army Special Forces officer. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He said decisions the enemy makes may force the hand of the United States.
Sharon Burke, senior adviser of the International Security Program at the New America Foundation, and Steve Bucci, director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy at the Heritage Foundation, count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.