As some of the best officers leave the Army, the service’s personnel evaluation system is stuck in the 1950s and it’s still years before anything can change. Federal News Radio’s special report, The Army is Shortchanging its Future Force, shows the Army is starting to take steps to address the problem to meet its Force of the Future goals.
Officers with advanced civilian degrees are getting pushed out of the Army. But they are the very people Defense Secretary Ash Carter wants in the military. The Army’s aging personnel evaluation system may be to blame.
Here’s a quick overview of the Federal News Radio’s special report The Army is Shortchanging its Future Force.
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The Pentagon says its new Silicon Valley-based technology outreach office is seeing some early successes in rapid acquisition. It handled its first dozen procurements in an average time of 60 days. But most of the money it spent went to established companies, not garage-style startups.
For the better part of 15 years, the Army has canceled and otherwise dis-invested in new technologies and capabilities. That means its soldiers work with old equipment and capabilities increasingly matched by potential adversaries.
Nora Bensahel, distinguished scholar in residence at American University, and retired Lt. Gen. David Barno, a distinguished practitioner there, are co-authors of The Future of the Army, published by the Atlantic Council. They walked Federal Drive with Tom Temin through some of the budget challenges the Army currently faces.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter is making an appearance on late night television. Find out what other cabinet members have gone through the gauntlet.
National Guard units were activated in several East Coast states over the weekend to help with the relief effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.
Eric Fanning, the secretary of the Army, said last week that he’s ordered a new initiative designed to reduce time-consuming requirements directed by Department of the Army headquarters, particularly with regard to training.
The Army closed out the fiscal year that ended a little over a week ago having met its recruiting goals for the first time in five years.
The Army is taking a fresh look at how much of the development and sustainment of computer code ought to be left to contractors and whether it’s time to bring some of that work in-house.
The JRSS effort will eventually consolidate about 125 separate points of Army cyber defense into 25 shared, regional centers to protect both classified and unclassified networks.
The Army is taking a hard look at its childcare and expects a report by the end of the month.
The Army’s new Rapid Capabilities Office is taking it’s name to heart and issuing a charter next month.