Defense Matters

The use of Other Transaction Authority

The use of Other Transaction Authority

Frank Kendall, former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics and senior adviser at the CSIS International Security...
Congress’ role in aligning appropriators and authorizers

Congress’ role in aligning appropriators and authorizers

Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, USAF (ret.), CEO of the National Defense Industrial Association, discusses the defense funding debate on Capitol...
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency builds “Data Corps”

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency builds “Data Corps”

Data scientists and analysts from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency discuss their role in the new ‘Data Corps’ workforce and how...
Army bets big on new Futures Command

Army bets big on new Futures Command

In this special two-part interview, Under Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy discusses the role of the Army Futures Command...
Pentagon AI contract Project Maven dropped by Google

Pentagon AI contract Project Maven dropped by Google

Bob Work, former Deputy Secretary of Defense, discusses the possible fallout from Google not renewing their Project Maven contract and...
The role of “bureaucracy hackers” in government

The role of “bureaucracy hackers” in government

Jonathan Mostowski, acquisition strategist & bureaucracy hacker at the U.S. Digital Service, discusses his role navigating the procurement process, and...
U.S. Coast Guard looks to add new heavy icebreakers to fleet

U.S. Coast Guard looks to add new heavy icebreakers to fleet

Rear Admiral Michael Haycock, assistant commandant for acquisition at the U.S. Coast Guard, discusses the need for new heavy icebreakers...
Bridging the gap between acquisition and R&D in the defense community

Bridging the gap between acquisition and R&D in the defense community

Reggie Brothers, former Under Secretary for Science & Technology at the Department of Homeland Security and Peraton Chief Technology Officer,...
Military Officers Association of America tracks fiscal year 2019 NDAA provisions.

Military Officers Association of America tracks fiscal year 2019 NDAA provisions.

Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins, USAF (Ret.), President & CEO of the Military Officers Association of America discusses the different policies...
Congress, White House, Air Force examine space strategy

Congress, White House, Air Force examine space strategy

From Congress to the Pentagon, Government Matters dives into the debate surrounding a ‘Space Corps’ and uncovers why all eyes...
House committee proposes big changes to 28 defense agencies

House committee proposes big changes to 28 defense agencies

Peter Levine, senior research fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses, discusses the cuts to the fourth estate in the...
Status of lawmakers’ push for military ‘Space Corps’

Status of lawmakers’ push for military ‘Space Corps’

Jamie Morin, VP and executive director of the Aerospace Corporation, joins the program to discuss the proposed “Space Corps” and...
Navy Secretary prioritizes ‘people, capabilities & processes’

Navy Secretary prioritizes ‘people, capabilities & processes’

In this special two-part interview, Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer discusses meeting readiness goals, office reorganization and the path to...
Senate prepares to start work on FY19 NDAA

Senate prepares to start work on FY19 NDAA

Roger Zakheim, director of the Reagan Institute and former deputy staff director of HASC, discusses the Senate’s defense authorization priorities...
Mobility landscape for the U.S. Army warfighter

Mobility landscape for the U.S. Army warfighter

Rick Walsh, Program Manager of U.S. Army Mobile (G6), discusses how new technologies are helping to improve mobility for soldiers...
Advantages & disadvantages of a military all-volunteer force

Advantages & disadvantages of a military all-volunteer force

Lt. Gen. David Barno (USA Ret.) and Nora Bensahel, authors of the Strategic Outpost column for War on the Rocks,...
GAO: U.S. Foreign Military Sales Program needs better controls

GAO: U.S. Foreign Military Sales Program needs better controls

Thomas Melito, director of International Affairs & Trade at the Government Accountability Office, discusses the influx of money into the...
Office of Naval Research aims to innovate at ‘startup speed’

Office of Naval Research aims to innovate at ‘startup speed’

Richard Carlin, head of the Office of Naval Research’s Sea Warfare & Weapons Department, joins Francis Rose to discuss ONR’s...
Lawmaker pushes for new commission on military aviation safety

Lawmaker pushes for new commission on military aviation safety

Gen. Larry Spencer (USAF, Ret.), president of the Air Force Association, discusses Rep. Adam Smith’s proposed commission on aircraft safety...
House GOP considers limits on JEDI cloud funding

House GOP considers limits on JEDI cloud funding

Nick Wakeman, editor of Washington Technology, discusses Congress threatening to cut JEDI funding unless the Pentagon can provide info on...
Groups look at different ways to cut DoD acquisition regulations

Groups look at different ways to cut DoD acquisition regulations

Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, discusses the suggested approaches to reforming acquisition at the Pentagon, and the...
Navy reorganization aims to modernize business operations

Navy reorganization aims to modernize business operations

Thomas Modly, Under Secretary of the U.S. Navy, discusses the restructuring effort of the Office of the Navy Secretary, and...
Uncertainty in industry over DoD JEDI cloud contract

Uncertainty in industry over DoD JEDI cloud contract

Katell Thielemann, Research Vice President at Gartner, discusses the reactions to the Department of Defense’s cloud program, and Deputy Secretary...
Impact of Digital Service organizations on military modernization

Impact of Digital Service organizations on military modernization

Deborah Lee James, former Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, discusses how Digital Service teams have affected the way the...