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Senators Debate Pentagon Reforms

This year’s national defense authorization (NDAA) included significant reforms to the Pentagon’s acquisition policies and decision making structure, as well as adjustments to personnel policy.

Included in the personnel reforms are an extension of the probationary period for new hires to two years, a decrease in allowances for long-term temporary duty (TDY) for troops and civilians, adjustments to TRICARE premiums and coverage, reductions in headquarters staff, among other provisions.

The leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees continue to foster dialogues on other Defense Department reforms, with the aim to reduce overhead at the government’s largest department and to drive more funding towards mission.

Last week the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) held a hearing examining the legacy of the landmark Goldwater-Nichols reforms, thirty years after their passage. A major feature of Goldwater-Nichols was its breaking down of silos between service branches and promoting jointness and unity into the culture of the American military structure.

Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu provided an in-depth overview of the hearing, which included testimony from many who were involved with that reform initiative, and who offered insights on uncompleted business and future reforms necessary.

Lawmakers acknowledge that several years were required prior to the passage of that reform, and are using their committees to flesh out issues around Pentagon management to inform future reforms.

SASC is continuing its inquiry this week, with a hearing entitled “Department of Defense Reform – Overcoming Obstacles to Effective Management.”

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