Defense Matters

The Pentagon Beat

The Pentagon Beat

Scott Maucione, defense reporter for Federal News Radio, and Hope Hodge Seck, Marine Corps and Navy reporter for Military.com, discuss...
How DoD measures R&D’s return on investment

How DoD measures R&D’s return on investment

Reggie Brothers, principal at the Chertoff Group, discusses a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act that would require DoD...
Defense Department’s top cybersecurity priorities

Defense Department’s top cybersecurity priorities

Essye Miller, deputy chief information officer for cybersecurity at the Department of Defense, discusses efforts to build and maintain DoD’s...
Current state of military health R&D

Current state of military health R&D

Dr. Terry Rauch, deputy assistant secretary of defense for health readiness policy and oversight, discusses research priorities for the military...
NDAA could create ‘Amazon for the DoD’

NDAA could create ‘Amazon for the DoD’

Stan Soloway, president and CEO of Celero Strategies, discusses a provision in the Senate’s version of the 2018 National Defense...
Ship collisions put Navy safety in the spotlight

Ship collisions put Navy safety in the spotlight

Zina Merritt, director of defense capabilities and management issues at the Government Accountability Office, discusses her research on the Navy’s...
Maintaining operations during personnel shuffle at the Pentagon

Maintaining operations during personnel shuffle at the Pentagon

David Chu, president of the Institute of Defense Analyses, discusses how managers in the Pentagon can operate “business as usual”...
Military leaders serving in White House civilian roles

Military leaders serving in White House civilian roles

Nora Bensahel, distinguished scholar in residence and Lt. Gen. David Barno (US Army, Ret.), distinguished practitioner in residence at the...
Several cyber provisions in Senate’s NDAA

Several cyber provisions in Senate’s NDAA

Rear Adm. Jamie Barnett (USN, Ret.), a partner in the cybersecurity practice at Venable, LLP., discusses the several cybersecurity provisions...
Senate debate underway on National Defense Authorization Act

Senate debate underway on National Defense Authorization Act

Bill Greenwalt, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, discussed the negotiations underway in the Senate on the National Defense Authorization...
Intersection of security in commercial and defense sectors

Intersection of security in commercial and defense sectors

Dave Wajsgras, president of Intelligence, Information & Services at Raytheon, discussed the convergence of government and the private sector in...
Mission of DoD’s Overseas Contingency Operations IG office

Mission of DoD’s Overseas Contingency Operations IG office

Michael Child, deputy inspector general for Overseas Contingency Operations at the Department of Defense, discusses the mission of his office...
Goals of Navy’s new digital warfare office

Goals of Navy’s new digital warfare office

Vice Adm. Jan Tighe, deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare and the director of naval intelligence, discusses how...
New Air Force initiatives target pilot shortage

New Air Force initiatives target pilot shortage

Deborah Lee James, the 23rd secretary of the U.S. Air Force, discusses an effort to solve one of the service’s...
The Pentagon Beat

The Pentagon Beat

In this week’s Pentagon Beat roundtable Scott Maucione, defense reporter at Federal News Radio and Brendan McGarry, managing editor at...
Impact of fall legislative calendar on Pentagon

Impact of fall legislative calendar on Pentagon

Roger Zakheim, Partner at Covington & Burling, discusses the impact of the fall legislative calendar on the Pentagon.
Air Force grapples with pilot shortage

Air Force grapples with pilot shortage

Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle (USAF, Ret.), President & CEO of the National Defense Industrial Association, discusses Air Force Secretary Heather...
The effort to bring innovative solutions to DoD

The effort to bring innovative solutions to DoD

The effort to bring innovative solutions to DoD Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work and former Vice Chairman of...
The Pentagon Beat

The Pentagon Beat

Politico defense reporter Jacqueline Klimas and Military.com air warfare reporter Oriana Pawlyk join Francis for this edition of the Pentagon...
Trouble spots on the national security landscape

Trouble spots on the national security landscape

Gregory Copley, president of the International Strategic Studies Association, discusses North Korea, Pakistan, and other places of concern to the...
The Federal Beat

The Federal Beat

Bryan Bender, defense editor and national security correspondent at Politico, and Nikki Wentling, veterans reporter at Stars & Stripes, discuss...
One-on-one with VA Secretary David Shulkin

One-on-one with VA Secretary David Shulkin

In a special two-part interview, Francis sat down with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David Shulkin. They discussed the culture,...
Defense Department pushes toward CAC replacement

Defense Department pushes toward CAC replacement

Robert Bigman, founder of 2BSecure Cybersecurity Consultancy, discusses the Defense Department’s effort to phase out Common Access Cards and find...
Are arcane budget rules threatening government cybersecurity?

Are arcane budget rules threatening government cybersecurity?

Joseph Marks, cybersecurity correspondent for NextGov, discusses the budget rules and processes that could be impacting the governments cybersecurity.