DoD Secretary: Time to upgrade Goldwater-Nichols Act

Defense Secretary Ash Carter says it’s time for an upgrade to the Goldwater-Nichols Act, but the Pentagon will need help from Congress.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter says it’s time for an upgrade to the Goldwater-Nichols Act. That’s the law that created the current command structure back in 1986. Carter revealed some reforms the department is already working on by itself, but he also outlined changes that’ll need authority from Congress. DoD reporter Scott Maucione has more on Pentagon Solutions.

Several top generals tell the Senate, the Army’s current, budget-driven plan to reduce its active duty force to its smallest size since before World War II creates a “high military risk” that it won’t be able to defend U.S. interests against a capable competing military. DoD reporter Jared Serbu has more.

It’s hard enough to make it Army Rangers. But how to you get to be the “best” Ranger in the Army, and by extension, the best man in the armed forces? Federal Drive host Tom Temin talks to Sgt 1st Class Gerald Nelson, a one-time Best Ranger, about the 33rd annual Best Ranger Competition taking place at Fort Benning, Georgia.

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