Defense Matters

White House, DoD start plans for new “Space Force”

White House, DoD start plans for new “Space Force”

Deborah Lee James, 23rd secretary of the United States Air Force, discusses the president’s surprise announcement of the Space Force...
Impact of FY19 NDAA negotiations on government contractors

Impact of FY19 NDAA negotiations on government contractors

Eric Crusius, partner at Holland & Knight, discusses some provisions in the 2019 NDAA that could affect how defense contractors...
Section 809 Panel releases Volume 2 report to Congress

Section 809 Panel releases Volume 2 report to Congress

David Drabkin, chair of the Section 809 Panel, discusses the second part of the panel’s report on defense acquisition and...
Navy leverages OTA with new $100M Consortium

Navy leverages OTA with new $100M Consortium

Robert Levinson, senior defense analyst at Bloomberg Government, joins the program to detail how the Department of Defense uses consortia...
VA Secretary Nominee Robert Wilkie testifies before Senate

VA Secretary Nominee Robert Wilkie testifies before Senate

Colby Hochmuth reports on the Senate confirmation hearing of Trump’s new pick to lead the Veterans Affairs Department, and Peter...
U.S. Navy weaponry challenges

U.S. Navy weaponry challenges

Jerry Hendrix, vice president of Telemus Group, discusses the Navy’s work developing state-of-the-art weapons, and how the existence of a...
The state of U.S. Army installations

The state of U.S. Army installations

Richard Kidd IV, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Strategic Integration, details the Army’s plan for “smart installations” and...
Cloud initiatives at Navy’s SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific

Cloud initiatives at Navy’s SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific

Richard Jack, C4ISR engineer at the Navy’s Space & Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, discusses the importance of cloud to...
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,...