Department of Defense http://kgou.org en 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?