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The Pentagon Beat

The Pentagon Beat

Megan Eckstein, staff writer at USNI News, and Paul Shinkman, national security correspondent at U.S. News & World Report, discuss...
Senate version of NDAA calls for management reorganization at the Pentagon

Senate version of NDAA calls for management reorganization at the Pentagon

Beth McGrath, managing director at Deloitte Consulting and former deputy chief management officer at the Defense Department, discusses the proposed...
Issues with DoD weapon systems acquisition

Issues with DoD weapon systems acquisition

Michael Sullivan, director of Defense Weapon System Acquisitions at the Government Accountability Office, discusses the Pentagon’s opportunities for improvements in...
Acting CIO at DoD focuses on cyber personnel, data center savings

Acting CIO at DoD focuses on cyber personnel, data center savings

Dr. John Zangardi, acting chief information officer at the Department of Defense, discussed DoD’s efforts to boost the cyber workforce...
Addressing defense acquisition reform in the NDAA

Addressing defense acquisition reform in the NDAA

The House Armed Services Committee’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act includes a new set of acquisition reforms pushed...
Groups urge Congress to authorize BRAC

Groups urge Congress to authorize BRAC

One thing the Trump and Obama administrations agree on, regarding the military, is the need for another round of Base...
Defense budget debate underway on Capitol Hill

Defense budget debate underway on Capitol Hill

Roger Zakheim, counsel at Covington & Burling, discusses what might and might not be included in this year’s National Defense...
GAO: Actions needed to address 5 DoD mission challenges

GAO: Actions needed to address 5 DoD mission challenges

Cathleen Berrick, managing director of Defense Capabilities & Management at the Government Accountability Office, discusses her report, “Actions Needed to...
How BRAC factors in to Congress’ plan for DoD funding

How BRAC factors in to Congress’ plan for DoD funding

John Conger, a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, discusses the Department of Defense push for...
The Pentagon Beat

The Pentagon Beat

Inside the Army managing editor Courtney McBride and The Hill defense reporter Ellen Mitchell join Francis for this edition of...
IC views excepted service as a tool to overcome recruiting obstacles

IC views excepted service as a tool to overcome recruiting obstacles

Sara Ratcliff, director of the Human Capital Management Office for the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, discusses the use of...
Marathon budget week on the Hill for Mattis & Dunford

Marathon budget week on the Hill for Mattis & Dunford

Brendan McGarry, managing editor for Military.com, discusses the marathon week ahead for Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs Chairman...
Defense contractors plan for modest growth, not big buildup

Defense contractors plan for modest growth, not big buildup

Marjorie Censer, editor at Inside Defense, and Tony Bertuca, chief editor at Inside the Pentagon, discuss how the defense industrial...
Oversight efforts at the Defense Department

Oversight efforts at the Defense Department

Randy Stone, deputy Inspector General of policy and oversight at the Defense Department, discusses the mission, responsibilities and goals of...
Military services submit unfunded requirements lists to Congress

Military services submit unfunded requirements lists to Congress

Todd Harrison, director of budget analysis at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, discuss the “unfunded priorities” lists submitted...
Reading the tea leaves in FY18 DOD budget request

Reading the tea leaves in FY18 DOD budget request

Marcus Weisgerber, global business editor at Defense One and Paul D. Shinkman, senior national security writer at U.S. News &...
The principles of highly-effective inspectors general

The principles of highly-effective inspectors general

The Trump administration is busy trying to fill thousands of political vacancies on the defense and civilian sides of government....
The White House budget proposal and federal labs

The White House budget proposal and federal labs

Mike Kuhlman, chief scientist of national security at Battelle, discussed the possible impact of President Trump’s budget proposal for fiscal...
How open source is changing the IC

How open source is changing the IC

Lt. Gen. Mary Legere (USA, ret.), managing director for the national and defense intelligence business at Accenture, discussed the proliferation...
FRTIB, DoD prepare to go live on blended retirement

FRTIB, DoD prepare to go live on blended retirement

Kim Weaver, director of external affairs for the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, offered the latest information on the Department...
Sammies finalist designed new generation of protective gear for Marines

Sammies finalist designed new generation of protective gear for Marines

Flora Jordan, an engineer with Marine Corps Systems Command, is a Sammies finalist in the promising innovations category. She discussed...
Section 809 defense acquisition reform panel reveals initial findings

Section 809 defense acquisition reform panel reveals initial findings

In a two-part interview, Charlie Williams, a commissioner on the Section 809 Panel and former director at the Defense Contract...
Six illusions from the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan

Six illusions from the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan

Lieutenant General David Barno and Dr. Nora Bensahel, authors of the Strategic Outpost column for War on the Rocks, discuss...
The Pentagon Beat

The Pentagon Beat

Marjorie Censer, defense business editor at Inside Defense and Tony Bertuca, chief editor at Inside the Pentagon, discuss the vacancies...