How would the Pentagon change under Mitt Romney? And what would President Obama do to the Defense Department in a second term? Federal Drives talks to advisers to the two candidates about the different approaches to national security.
What are President Barack Obama’s plans for the Pentagon in a possible second term? And, what would a Mitt Romney administration hold in store? To answer those questions, Federal News Radio turned to Michele Flournoy, Obama’s former undersecretary of defense for policy, and Dov Zakheim, former Pentagon comptroller and now a Romney adviser.
Undersecretary of the Navy Robert Work will become the CEO of the Center for a New American Security, a prestigious defense think tank with close ties to the Obama administration. Work will start at CNAS April 22.
Michele Flournoy, the former undersecretary of defense for policy, says the time is ripe for the Department of Defense to look at its mission and how it motivates people to cut costs and reduce its overhead.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s decision to resign Monday has produced plenty of speculation about his successor. Military experts retired Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro and Jim Thomas of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments said the new DoD secretary will likely lobby Congress for more money to deal with new threats.
Former Pentagon officials told lawmakers that the Defense Department’s oversized workforce is not only hurting the budget, but also policy decisions.
The budget deal cuts $250 million in civilian headquarters and mandates a report from the inspector general.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry singled out new acquisition reform goals and a possible Defense Department reorganization for the 2017 Defense authorization bill.
The Defense Department is looking at changing the roles of the combatant commands and Joint Chiefs of Staff .
President-elect Donald Trump’s promises to expand the military are bringing up classic debates that may end with a bigger force structure.