Details of the Defense Department’s fiscal 2015 budget request come out today from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Most of what he talked about today involves cutting, especially around force structure and some weapons systems. Gordon Adams is professor of International Relations at American University, distinguished fellow at the Stimson Center, a contributor to Foreign Policy magazine and former associate director for National Security and International Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget.
Federal technology and acquisition reform is back on the table, at least in the House. As part of the Stop Government Abuse Week in the House, lawmakers will vote on an updated version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act or FITARA. Federal News Radio’s executive editor Jason Miller shares details on the latest attempt to improve federal technology and procurement.
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Six of the biggest job openings at the Defense Department are up for consideration tomorrow. The Senate Armed Services Committee will consider nominations for deputy secretary of defense, under secretary comptroller, under secretary for policy and three others. Those nominations are just the start of the work that Congress will undertake as it comes back from recess.
The annual budget proposal the Defense Department will formally release next week will call for an overall reduction in the size of the military. It will also include cuts to the benefits service members get. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports the Pentagon says it’s trading size for military readiness.
Francis Rose is the host of In Depth, which airs weekdays from 4-7 p.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC metro area and online everywhere. Francis has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He joined Federal News Radio in 2006 as the producer and news anchor of the station’s morning drive program, the Federal Drive. He launched In Depth in 2008 as a daily show focused on connecting federal executives to the information they need to do their jobs better.