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GAO’s Lepore: Army needs better plan to cut itself down to size

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The Army could shrink to as small at 420,000 soldiers by 2019. That plan includes deactivating 10 Brigade Combat Teams and reorganizing the remaining BCTs. But the way the Army cuts could be more important than the cuts themselves.  Brian…
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Bridging the gap between all-volunteer force, Main Street USA

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The all-volunteer force makes for a stronger military, according to most military officers and observers. And no one expects a draft again any time soon. But the down side to that is a looser and looser connection between the average…
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Listen (John Batchelor): Obama administration fires CGI from Healthcare.gov

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The Obama Administration won’t renew its contract with CGI Federal, the contractor that built the Healthcare.gov web site.  That site has caused numerous problems, both political and policy, for the administration.  I talked about this development, and the hiring of…
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DHS struggles to put money in right budget buckets

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The budget requests from the Homeland Security Department are confusing Congress. DHS has a hard time explaining the difference between mission and management programs.  David Maurer, director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the Government Accountability Office, is trying…
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“Responsible Defense” initiative looks for strategy, cost balance

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Budget cuts could be an opportunity for the Defense Department to strike a new fiscal and military balance.  Dr. Nora Bensahel is co-director of the Responsible Defense project at the Center for New American Security. She and her co-director, retired…
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Watch (NC8): Congress back at work, lots of important work ahead

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The second session of the 113th Congress is under way, and the members have some pretty important work to tackle right away.  Unemployment benefits, an appropriations bill to fund the Federal government, nominations, the debt limit, slowing increases in military…
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Congress back today, starts serious business immediately

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The second session of the 113th Congress opens today. The Senate is back and voting on nominations and the House comes back tomorrow. Neither chamber will wait long for the heavy lifting to begin.  David Hawkings, Senior Editor at Roll…
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Navy “Fat Leonard” contracting scandal: common or rare?

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Convictions for corruption and executives that behave like mobsters unfortunately are parts of real headlines in contracting at the Navy Department. The “Fat Leonard” scandal has sucked in officials at various levels – and from various offices – of the…
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