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Government Matters (Full Show) – September 15, 2021

Countering Chinese influence in Afghanistan would require difficult decisions, foreign policy expert says Yun Sun, senior fellow and co-director of the East Asia Program at the Stimson Center, discusses the implications of growing Chinese influence with the Taliban for U.S. security   Air Force will need to make tradeoffs with F-35s and competing priorities, says […]

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Countering Chinese influence in Afghanistan would require difficult decisions, foreign policy expert says

China has pledged $31 million of aid to Afghanistan, and its embassy in Kabul has remained open. What does growing Chinese influence with the Taliban mean for United States security? Yun Sun, senior fellow and co-director of the East Asia Program at the Stimson Center, said the Defense Department could mitigate China’s influence but that […]

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Air Force will need to make tradeoffs with F-35s and competing priorities, says air warfare reporter

The F-35 is the Air Force’s top-of-the-line fighter jet, but how many do they need and how many can they afford? Valerie Insinna, Air Warfare Reporter at Defense News, said the Air Force would buy all of the approximately 1,700 F-35s in the program of record if it had unlimited funds but that other weapons […]

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Security force assistance conditionality is counternormative in military, says international relations expert

The Pentagon spends billions of dollars every year to assist foreign militaries around the world. The rapid collapse of the Afghan security forces is typical for local forces built with United States military assistance, according to Rachel Tecott, assistant professor in the Strategic and Operational Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College. Tecott said […]

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Government Matters (Full Show) – September 14, 2021

United States is safer “in some ways” since 9/11, says Bloomberg Government senior reporter Ellen Gilmer, Senior Reporter at Bloomberg Government, shares insights from Department of Homeland Security leaders about how the department has handled multiple challenges since its establishment   Contractors should communicate with agencies about continuing resolution, advises former acquisition leader Greg Giddens, […]

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United States is safer “in some ways” since 9/11, says Bloomberg Government senior reporter

Created 20 years ago in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) tackles an assortment of threats to the nation. Ellen Gilmer, senior reporter at Bloomberg Government, asked of current and former DHS leaders, “are we safer now?” Gilmer said the most common response was that the United States […]

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Contractors should communicate with agencies about continuing resolution, advises former acquisition leader

The White House proposes supplemental funding in the billions to prepare for a likely continuing resolution (CR), which would affect federal acquisition and contractors for fiscal 2022. Greg Giddens, partner at Potomac Ridge Consulting and former Department of Veterans Affairs chief acquisition officer, said contractors should start a dialogue with their government counterparts about how […]

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