CSIS’s Zakheim: like it or not, defense compensation changes coming

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The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission will present Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel with recommendations in May to reform personnel costs at the Pentagon.  That commission’s work, along with the tightening budget situation, may finally push Congress to take action, instead of putting the Commission’s recommendations on a shelf and doing nothing like they’ve done in the past.  One of the Commissioners is Dov Zakheim, Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and former Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer at the Defense Department.  He puts military compensation first on his Top 3 for 2014, which also includes the question of Iran, and the China-Japan relationship.

Dov Zakheim’s Top 3 for 2014

Also on today’s show, more Top 3s for 2014 from Frank Reeder, co-founder and director of the Center for Internet Security and former OMBer; Jim Beaupre, Director of the ACT-IAC Academy; Dan Blair, President and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration and former Deputy Director of the Office of Personnel Management; Gordon Adams of the Stimson Center and American University; Tim Young of Deloitte, former Deputy Administrator for E-Government at OMB; and Matt Hipple of the Center for International Maritime Security.  You can listen to all the interviews on today’s In Depth show blog.