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Alan Shaffer: US Should Aim for ‘Enhanced Mutual Reliance’ Through Int’l R&D Collaboration

Alan Shaffer, assistant defense secretary for research and engineering — has highlighted the U.S. government’s efforts to collaborate with other countries on research and development initiatives in an interview with Defense News published Tuesday. Shaffer spoke to reporter Aaron Mehta ahead of the nearly three-decade military and public sector veteran’s transition to NATO this summer for a new …

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Pentagon to Launch Employee Appraisal System in April 2016

The Defense Department plans to introduce a new civilian employee performance appraisal program in April 2016, Federal Times reported Thursday. Andy Medici writes the Pentagon will gradually subject the department’s 750,000 civilian workers to the three-tiered New Beginnings review system in the next few years and use the appraisals to …

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CBO: House Committee’s 2016 NDAA Would Affect Revenue, Direct Spending

A Congressional Budget Office report estimates that passage of the House Armed Services Committee’s 2016 National Defense Authorization Act would lower revenues by $1.3 billion over the next decade. CBO said Monday the legislation provides $605.3 billion in total funds for Defense Department operations and certain Energy Department programs. About $515.6 …

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Brad Carson: DoD Needs to Revamp Military HR Mgmt Strategy

Brad Carson, acting defense undersecretary for personnel and readiness, has said he will propose reforms to the Defense Department‘s military workforce management system, Military Times reported Monday. “In managing personnel, we use only a narrow slice of information about service members and, as a result, we cannot optimize assignment, training, …

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Ashton Carter: Pentagon Needs More Stable Funding

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has told the Senate’s defense appropriations subcommittee that Pentagon and industry partners need a solid, long-term funding structure to innovate, DoD News reported Wednesday. “Over the past three fiscal years the Defense Department has taken more than three-quarters of a trillion dollars in cuts to its …

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