Tag Archives: Department of Defense

Force Master Chief James Herdel Named CENTCOM Leader

James Herdel, force master chief of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, has been assigned to serve as the U.S. Central Command's senior enlisted leader. He succeeds Command Sgt. Maj. William Thetford of the U.S. Army, and will perform the duties from MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, the Department of Defense said Friday

Read More »

USAF Lt. Gen. VeraLinn Jamieson Nominated for ISR, Cyber Leadership Role

President Trump nominated Lt. Gen. VeraLinn Jamieson; deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance with the U.S. Air Force; for an ISR leadership role that includes a cyber component. The nomination is for Jamieson's assignment as USAF deputy chief of staff for ISR and cyber effects operations, the Department of Defense said Friday

Read More »

Air Force, Army, Navy Heads Want Modernized, More Lethal Military After Reforms

Secretaries of the U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy said the ongoing reforms across the military should focus on force modernization, more lethality and readiness. Army Secretary Mark Esper, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer and Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson discussed their reform efforts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, the Department of Defense said Friday

Read More »

DoD Adding Reform Investments to Budget Request for First Time

Lisa Hershman, acting chief management officer at the Pentagon, said the agency’s fiscal year 2020 funding request will include a formal reform budget for the first time, Defense News reported Thursday. She said her office has over 50 reform initiatives focusing on the Office of the Secretary of Defense, fourth estate agencies and military departments. 

Read More »

Gov’t May Appoint Leader to Oversee DoD-VA Electronic Health Record; James Byrne Quoted

The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs are looking to establish a single position of authority who would oversee activities regarding an electronic health record system, FCW reported Tuesday. James Byrne, acting deputy secretary at VA, said at a senate appropriations hearing that VA considers to have one arbitrator to make decisions on the health record when there are disagreements between the two departments.

Read More »

DoD Unveiling First AI Strategy for Military Use

Senior defense officials announced the Pentagon is set to release its first artificial intelligence strategy to guide service branches and commands in regard to how they design and develop AI-based tools based on their needs, Defense One reported Tuesday. An unnamed official familiar with the strategy said the document will focus on the immediate operational applications of AI in military operations.

Read More »

DHA, VA Healthcare Merger Enters Strategy Dev’t Phase

The Defense Health Agency announced an effort to merge the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs’ healthcare systems is in the “strategy development stage,” Bloomberg Government reported Monday. Pat Murray, deputy director of the National Legislative Service for Veterans of Foreign Wars, said the DoD VA Health Care Staffing Services initiative will help the VA provide timely health services to veterans.

Read More »

Sen. Warner Reintroduces Bill to Boost National Security

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., re-introduced a bill aiming to improve U.S. national security through a modernized security clearance system and a new workforce to handle national security and public safety missions. The Modernizing the Trusted Workforce for the 21st Century Act would also help the government reduce its background investigation backlog, Warner said in a statement released Friday. The bill was introduced to the Senate in 2018.  

Read More »

Pentagon Watchdog: DoD Heads Showing Interest in Next Agency Audit

The Department of Defense’s inspector general said there's a growing interest across the Pentagon to conduct another agency-wide audit following the first assessment that found pervasive weaknesses, Federal News Network reported Thursday. Carmen Malone, deputy assistant IG for audit and financial management readiness at DoD, said defense officials now understand the impact of the audit.

Read More »