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Crossing generations in government innovation

Crossing generations in government innovation

Stan Soloway, CEO of Celero Strategies and former deputy undersecretary of defense & acquisition reform, discusses an innovation program that...
Veteran honored for breakthrough work helping the disabled

Veteran honored for breakthrough work helping the disabled

Rory Cooper, director of human engineering research laboratories at the Department of Veterans Affairs, discusses the work that won him...
The Pentagon Beat

The Pentagon Beat

Military Times Capitol Hill bureau chief Leo Shane III and Politico defense reporter Jacqueline Klimas join Francis for this edition...
Government Matters Defense (Full Show) – July 27, 2017

Government Matters Defense (Full Show) – July 27, 2017

Military Times Capitol Hill bureau chief Leo Shane III and Politico defense reporter Jacqueline Klimas join Francis for this edition...
 The new strategic vision for Naval research 

 The new strategic vision for Naval research 

  The Office of Naval Research held its Future Force Science and Technology Expo this past week — where the...
DoD’s approach to commercial technology adoption

DoD’s approach to commercial technology adoption

Former NASA administrator Sean O’Keefe and former deputy secretary of defense William Lynn detailed their recent study, “Future Foundry: How...
Government Matters Defense (Full Show) – July 20, 2017

Government Matters Defense (Full Show) – July 20, 2017

DoD IG issues compendium of recommendations Last week, the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General released a compendium of...
DoD IG issues compendium of recommendations

DoD IG issues compendium of recommendations

Last week, the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General released a compendium of nearly 1,300 open recommendations made over...
The new strategic vision for Naval research

The new strategic vision for Naval research

Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. David Hahn discussed his strategic vision for the Naval Research Laboratory — including the business...
23rd USAF Secretary James weighs in on Space Corps proposal

23rd USAF Secretary James weighs in on Space Corps proposal

Former U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James discusses National Defense Authorization Act negotiations (including the Space Corps proposal), plans...
Senate version of NDAA seeks to split DoD CIO role

Senate version of NDAA seeks to split DoD CIO role

Terry Halvorsen, former chief information officer at the Department of Defense, discusses a proposal that would reorganize his former office....
Major disciplinary action at VA publicly posted online

Major disciplinary action at VA publicly posted online

Phil Carter, senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, discusses a new transparency effort at the Department...
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...