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Defense acquisition has improved but still needs work, reports Office of Inspector General

The Defense Department’s (DoD) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released its top 10 management challenges for fiscal year 2022, ranging from maintaining advantage in strategic competition to retaining a modern workforce. Courtney Fones, audit program director for readiness and global operations at the DoD OIG, said the department has made improvements and reforms in […]


Defense Department prepares for impact of climate change with Climate Adaptation Plan

The Defense Department’s Climate Adaptation Plan will tackle the growing impacts of climate change. Those efforts are underway as military forces work to retain operational advantage under all conditions. Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary of defense for environment and energy resilience, said the plan has five lines of effort: climate-informed decision making, a climate-ready force, […]


Defense Department innovation steering group addressing joint warfighting capability gaps

The Government Matters team attended the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference recently and spoke with Heidi Shyu, the new under secretary of defense for research and engineering, about the top innovations in her department and technologies including virtual reality. A new innovation steering group, led by Shyu, is working on 32 projects […]


Joint Hypersonics Transition Office works to speed up transition of hypersonic technology to warfighters

The Pentagon has launched three suborbital rockets as part of its goal of advancing hypersonic technologies. These launches come shortly after China tested its own hypersonic vehicle. The U.S. Joint Hypersonics Transition Office, which just turned a year old, aims to establish a robust hypersonics workforce and research community. Gillian Bussey, director of the Joint […]


Defense Department is taking significant steps to improve management

The Pentagon wants to move $4.3 billion to fund emergency COVID-19 requirements, Federal News Network reports. The 2021 Compendium from the Defense Department’s Office of Inspector General has 65 recommendations on workforce safety and effective spending during the pandemic. Troy Meyer, acting deputy inspector general for audit at the Department of Defense Office of Inspector […]


Navy must balance budget across three major areas, says Chief of Naval Operations

The Navy’s fleet of just over 290 ships won’t grow to its 355-ship goal without a big influx of money from Congress. That was the message from the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday to Congress this budget season. In a “Government Matters” exclusive conversation at the Navy League Sea-Air-Space 2021 Virtual Preview, Adm. […]

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