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The effect of DoD satellites on the private sector

The effect of DoD satellites on the private sector

Todd Harrison, director of the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, discusses the new Department...
AT&L reorganization underway at the Defense Department

AT&L reorganization underway at the Defense Department

Ben FitzGerald, director of the Office of Strategy & Design at the Department of Defense, discusses the reorganization efforts at DoD,...
Pentagon to build & launch new satellites with Boeing

Pentagon to build & launch new satellites with Boeing

Robert Levinson, senior defense analyst at Bloomberg Government, discusses the surprise DoD communications satellites in the 2018 omnibus bill, and...
Agile acquisition strategies at the U.S. Navy

Agile acquisition strategies at the U.S. Navy

James Guerts, assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition, outlines the themes of the Navy’s new acquisition...
Applying lessons learned in the North Korean conflict

Applying lessons learned in the North Korean conflict

Mara Karlin, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy & Force Development and associate director of the Strategic Studies...
Impact of FY18 omnibus bill on Navy shipbuilding efforts

Impact of FY18 omnibus bill on Navy shipbuilding efforts

Jerry Hendrix, senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, discusses some issues with the Navy’s plan for...
Top priorities for new NSA & Cyber Command leadership

Top priorities for new NSA & Cyber Command leadership

Retired Rear Admiral Bill Leigher, director of DoD Cyber Programs at Raytheon, talks with Colby Hochmuth about the upcoming change...
DoD Comptroller defends Pentagon’s nearly $1B audit

DoD Comptroller defends Pentagon’s nearly $1B audit

Tina Jonas, senior adviser (non-resident) at the CSIS International Security Program, discusses the Department of Defense’s massive audit into their...
Army priorities in capability and modernization

Army priorities in capability and modernization

Daniel Goure, senior vice president at the Lexington Institute, discusses the Army’s latest acquisition initiative, and how they could best...
Congress aims to ‘balance’ U.S. Air Force’s JSTARS program

Congress aims to ‘balance’ U.S. Air Force’s JSTARS program

General Larry Spencer, President of the Air Force Association, discusses cuts to the Pentagon’s plan to modernize the USAF fleet...
Top priorities for Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee

Top priorities for Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, discusses how his committee is overseeing the Department...
Cyberactivity consequences for the Defense Industrial Base

Cyberactivity consequences for the Defense Industrial Base

While the world’s eyes are on North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, their cyber program has been wreaking havoc. Last year, North...
DoD’s Cloud Industry Day (Video Report)

DoD’s Cloud Industry Day (Video Report)

On March 7, the Department of Defense aimed to clear up confusion during an industry day for the Joint Enterprise...
DoD hosts industry day for JEDI cloud contract

DoD hosts industry day for JEDI cloud contract

On March 7, the Department of Defense aimed to clear up confusion during an industry day for the Joint Enterprise...
The history of counterterrorism operations

The history of counterterrorism operations

The United States has a long and storied history with counterterrorism operations. While people generally know about the post-9/11 efforts,...
Report: DoD needs to take action to promote collaboration

Report: DoD needs to take action to promote collaboration

One of the provisions in the 2017 National Defense Authorization act required the Department of Defense to increase collaboration across...
House bill aims to reduce military spouse unemployment

House bill aims to reduce military spouse unemployment

Members of the military are increasingly becoming the primary earners for families. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, between...
Exploring the USS Portland

Exploring the USS Portland

At West 2018, Government Matters received a tour of one of the Navy’s latest seafaring vessels, the USS Portland. Join...
Tracking DoD’s Future Years Defense Program

Tracking DoD’s Future Years Defense Program

With every budget request, the Department of Defense sends a document called the Future Years Defense Program, which telegraphs what...
Use of “Other Transaction Authority” in DoD acquisition shop

Use of “Other Transaction Authority” in DoD acquisition shop

As the military is exploring different acquisition methods, a strategy called “Other Transaction Authority” is quickly gaining traction.  OTA is...
DoD officials: Defense Officer Personnel Mgmt. Act needs update.

DoD officials: Defense Officer Personnel Mgmt. Act needs update.

During a Senate hearing on military personnel programs, several Department of Defense witnesses told senators that a major improvement would...
Defense Department grapples with budget uncertainty

Defense Department grapples with budget uncertainty

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson recently said that while she welcomed the increase in funding provided by the...
Cyber readiness at the U.S. Coast Guard

Cyber readiness at the U.S. Coast Guard

As the military seeks to increase its readiness for all fronts, the U.S. Coast Guard has worked to become a...
Navigating the split of the AT&L office at the Pentagon

Navigating the split of the AT&L office at the Pentagon

In late 2017, the Department of Defense announced that the Acquisition, Technology and Logistics office would be split into two...