Department of Defense http://kgou.org en Gov. Fallin Criticizes EPA For Cutting Fire Department Vehicle Agreement http://kgou.org/post/gov-fallin-criticizes-epa-cutting-fire-department-vehicle-agreement <p>Governor Mary Fallin&nbsp;added her voice to the Oklahoma lawmakers who oppose the discontinuation of a program that supplies vehicles to rural fire departments. Fallin wrote a letter Wednesday to an administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency criticizing the discontinuation.&nbsp;</p><p>"The decision to terminate this successful program was clearly made without thought to the adverse effects to local firefighting efforts and the ability to protect the lives and property of our citizens," Fallin&nbsp;said.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:08:54 +0000 KGOU Staff 32982 at http://kgou.org Gov. Fallin Criticizes EPA For Cutting Fire Department Vehicle Agreement Soaring Personnel Costs Threaten Readiness, Hagel Warns http://kgou.org/post/soaring-personnel-costs-threaten-readiness-hagel-warns Health care and retirement costs that already account for a large part of the U.S. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 14:16:03 +0000 Mark Memmott 16654 at http://kgou.org Soaring Personnel Costs Threaten Readiness, Hagel Warns Budget Cuts Force Slow Downs http://kgou.org/post/budget-cuts-force-slow-downs <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">A day without pay, the first of 11 through September, comes this week for more than 650,000 people who hold civilian jobs with the Defense Department.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 17:46:24 +0000 Associated Press 9182 at http://kgou.org Budget Cuts Force Slow Downs World Views: April 26, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-april-26-2013 <p></p><p>This time last week Americans were just starting to learn about the troubled Russian region of&nbsp;Chechnya after authorities released the identities of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.</p><p>Rebecca Cruise discusses women in combat and the U.S. drone program with NPR's <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/128649543/rachel-martin" target="_blank">Rachel Martin</a>. Before taking over the host's chair of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/weekend-edition-sunday/" target="_blank"><em>Weekend Edition Sunday</em></a>, she reported from both Iraq and Afghanistan, and served as the network's national security correspondent.</p><p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Rebecca Cruise & Brian Hardzinski 4663 at http://kgou.org World Views: April 26, 2013 Women in War: Combat and Coverage When the Front Lines Blur http://kgou.org/post/women-war-combat-and-coverage-when-front-lines-blur <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>In January, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta <a href="http://www.defense.gov/speeches/speech.aspx?speechid=1746">announced</a> the end of the U.S. military’s 19-year-old ban on women officially serving in combat roles.</p><p>“Every time I visited the warzone, every time I've met with troops, reviewed military operations, and talked to wounded warriors, I've been impressed with the fact that everyone - men and women alike - everyone is committed to doing the job,” Panetta said. “They're fighting and they're dying together. And the time has come for our policies to recognize that reality.”</p><p><em>Weekend Edition Sunday </em>host <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/128649543/rachel-martin">Rachel Martin</a> covered national security issues for NPR from 2010-2012. She told KGOU’s <em>World Views</em> the change in policy recognizes the reality on the ground, but also will afford women the opportunity to compete for top-level spots in very elite military units.</p><p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:58:00 +0000 Rebecca Cruise & Brian Hardzinski 4434 at http://kgou.org Women in War: Combat and Coverage When the Front Lines Blur What Does Dwight D. Eisenhower Have To Do With 2013 Sequestration? http://kgou.org/post/what-does-dwight-d-eisenhower-have-do-2013-sequestration <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">As Congress tries to avoid a looming set of sharp, across-the-board spending cuts that would strike the Pentagon and domestic agencies in just two weeks, a former State Department official says the Department of Defense could avoid “clumsy” automatic cuts by starting with personnel.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">“In World War II, we had fewer flag and general officers than we do now,” said retired U.S. Army Col.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wm.edu/as/government/faculty/directory/wilkerson_l.php" style="color: rgb(39, 117, 170);" target="_blank">Lawrence Wilkerson</a>. “Wow. People&nbsp;are anywhere from 50-60 percent, depending on whose records and analysis, of the DoD budget. They are so expensive.”</span></p><p><span style="font-size: small; line-height: 1.5;">Wilkerson served as former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Chief of Staff from 2002-2005.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 19:48:31 +0000 Brian Hardzinski & Suzette Grillot 640 at http://kgou.org What Does Dwight D. Eisenhower Have To Do With 2013 Sequestration?