Military facility sustainment has been one of the hardest-hit portions of the Defense budget over the last several years. Still, installations do find new ways to meet their missions without more money.
Presidents have used the overseas contingency operations fund to bolster the Defense Department budget outside of the Budget Control Act rules. But Congress should do better.
The more bitter the arguments over the federal budget become on Capitol Hill, the more members might resort to anything. Especially if the Trump administration refuses to spend money it didn’t want appropriated in the first place.
The secretive Pentagon organization that’s in charge of turning existing weapons systems into new warfighting concepts says it has a perfect track record so far. The military services have accepted all six of the technologies the Strategic Capabilities Office has offered up.
By most measures, the 44 year experiment in an all-volunteer military force has been a success. But like stocks, past performance doesn’t guarantee the future. In fact, the all-volunteer force is showing serious strains.
You can’t separate the Navy from the world’s oceans. Almost since its founding, the Navy has maintained expertise in ocean science to help it perform its mission.
The Defense Contract Audit Agency is beset by backlogs and other problems and industry has ideas that might help.
Military officials say the 2017 continuing resolution could be the worst yet. The service chiefs of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps all told Congress this week that this year could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
The Strategic Capabilities Office is one of the most lauded organizations in the Defense Department. And its leader says his office doesn’t have to worry about acquisition requirements like the rest of the Pentagon establishment.
Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, discusses what a 10 percent increase in defense funding would actually buy.
Top leadership is where the end of sexual harassment has to start, according to Kate Hendricks Thomas, a Marine Corps veteran and assistant professor at Charleston Southern University.
If you added them all together, the K-12 schools operated by the Defense Department would be one of the nation’s biggest districts. That’s just one of the services available elsewhere that maybe the military ought to get out of.
The Defense Department started deployment of its new electronic health record — a major milestone last week in the $4.3 billion program known as MHS Genesis.
The Defense Department is moving into the implementation phase of the new military retirement system Congress ordered it to set up just over a year ago. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports officials expect to spend most of 2017 conducting an exhaustive education campaign to make sure service members understand how the new system works.
The Defense Department has been trying to get a clear sense from the White House about what it wants and does not want in the overseas contingency operations (OCO) budget. But the last administration’s budget office left those decisions for the new administration. So now what?