Defense Matters

What to watch in FY2020 defense budget

What to watch in FY2020 defense budget

Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins, USAF (Ret.), president & CEO of the Military Officers Association of America, discusses military issues that...
Envisioning the capabilities of the Army of the future

Envisioning the capabilities of the Army of the future

Lt. Gen. Eric Wesley, deputy commanding general of Army Futures Command, discusses the role that Multi-Domain Operations will play in...
Section 809 Report: Streamlining IT acquisition regulations

Section 809 Report: Streamlining IT acquisition regulations

Section 809 Panel Commissioner Bill LaPlante outlines the panel’s recommendations to change IT acquisitions, and why parts of the Clinger-Cohen...
Plan may merge parts of Veterans Affairs health care system with DoD

Plan may merge parts of Veterans Affairs health care system with DoD

Robert Levinson, senior defense analyst, and Megan Howard, congressional reporter from Bloomberg Government, discuss a proposed joint Defense Department and...
GAO Report: Steps toward applying leading practices in Army Futures Command

GAO Report: Steps toward applying leading practices in Army Futures Command

Jon Ludwigson, acting director of contracting and national security acquisitions issues at the Government Accountability Office, details recommendations to help...
Expectations surrounding the NDAA budget requests

Expectations surrounding the NDAA budget requests

Bill Greenwalt, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, discusses how debate over the defense...
DoD watchdog wants to pause JRSS because of cyber risk

DoD watchdog wants to pause JRSS because of cyber risk

Dave Mihelcic, former CTO of the Defense Information Systems Agency and consultant at DMMI, details issues with the Joint Regional...
VA rolling out modernized appeals process for veterans

VA rolling out modernized appeals process for veterans

Cheryl Mason, chairman of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, discusses updating how veterans can apply for appeals across the agency,...
Top lessons learned in implementing electronic health records

Top lessons learned in implementing electronic health records

Chuck Campbell, former chief information officer at the Military Health System and CEO of IT Partner Consulting, discusses five lessons...
VA embarks on 10 year, $16B electronic health record modernization

VA embarks on 10 year, $16B electronic health record modernization

Government Matters presents an in-depth look at the multi-agency undertaking to modernize electronic healthcare records—from soldier to veteran. Featuring interviews...
Strategizing around increasing defense threats & shrinking budgets

Strategizing around increasing defense threats & shrinking budgets

In this two-part interview, Elbridge Colby, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development and director of...
Defense Intelligence Agency releases report on Chinese military cyber strategies

Defense Intelligence Agency releases report on Chinese military cyber strategies

Ron Marks, president of ZPN National Security and Cyber Strategies, discusses a report on Chinese cyber strategies, and why current...
National Defense Strategy Commission releases report

National Defense Strategy Commission releases report

In this special two-part discussion, Roger Zakheim, member of the National Defense Strategy Commission and director of the Ronald Reagan...
Military risk management compared to civilian risk management

Military risk management compared to civilian risk management

Sean Vineyard, managing director and public sector lead at 11th Hour Service, outlines the differences between military and civilian risk...
Current state of the Polar Star heavy icebreaker

Current state of the Polar Star heavy icebreaker

Adm. Paul Zukunft (Ret.), 25th Commandant of the Coast Guard, discusses the state of the U.S. icebreaker program, and why...
Section 809 Panel calls for more dynamic marketplace

Section 809 Panel calls for more dynamic marketplace

Section 809 Panel Commissioners David Drabkin and Charlie Williams discuss takeaways from their third report, and what they recommend for...
DoD database pilot to allow financial management leaders to track transactions

DoD database pilot to allow financial management leaders to track transactions

Mike McCord, member of the National Defense Strategy Commission and former comptroller at the Defense Department, discusses how a transaction...
DoD looks to agile development to fix security clearance backlog

DoD looks to agile development to fix security clearance backlog

Chris Cornillie, federal technology market analyst at Bloomberg Government, discusses how the Department of Defense is approaching security clearances, and...
Energy & climate implications of the National Security Strategy

Energy & climate implications of the National Security Strategy

Sharon Burke, senior adviser at New America and former assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs, discusses...
Climate change’s impact on military installations around the world

Climate change’s impact on military installations around the world

John Conger, director of the Center for Climate and Security and former principal deputy under secretary at the Defense Department,...
How the Navy can ‘Regain the High Ground at Sea’

How the Navy can ‘Regain the High Ground at Sea’

Bryan Clark, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments, discusses how the Navy can improve carrier air...
Gen. Milley poised to take over as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs in 2019

Gen. Milley poised to take over as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs in 2019

Daniel Gouré, senior vice president of the Lexington Institute, discusses Trump’s choice for the next head of the Joint Chiefs,...
Priorities for House Armed Services Committee in 116th Congress

Priorities for House Armed Services Committee in 116th Congress

Roger Zakheim, director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation & Institute, discusses goals and challenges for the new House...
Biggest defense & national security stories of 2018

Biggest defense & national security stories of 2018

Kate Kidder, associate political scientist at the RAND Corporation, Capt. Jerry Hendrix (USN, Ret.), VP of the Telemus Group, and...