George Cahlink

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Restoring Hope

October 28, 2009 Strong management, innovation and a few lucky breaks are allowing workers to rebuild the Pentagon faster than expected. sk Will Colston the age of his infant son, and he's quick to reply, "He's 157 days old." Colston pauses for a few seconds for a rough calculation and then adds, "That's...

Oversight Overhaul

June 15, 2005 The Defense Contract Management Agency remakes itself to catch up with customers and changes in what the military is buying. Shortly after taking command of the Defense Contract Management Agency in late 2003, Air Force Maj. Gen. Darryl Scott met with senior staffers to learn the results of the agency's...

Showdown on Shutdowns

June 15, 2005 Base closure panel polls reaction to a plan that collides with more than 200,000 military and civilian jobs. The Defense Department wants to save $50 billion during the next two decades by closing 33 major bases and realigning scores of other military installations from Maine to Hawaii. The Pentagon forwarded...

Armor All

June 1, 2005 The Army pulled out all the stops to add armor to Humvees in Iraq, but still couldn't keep up with the demand. When the Iraqi insurgency first flared in 2003, the Army quickly assembled a handful of military and civilian workers at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland for a special...

Bye-Bye, Captain

May 25, 2005 USS San Francisco Cmdr. Kevin Mooney lost his job earlier this year after his nuclear submarine slammed into an undersea mountain in the Pacific Ocean, killing one sailor, injuring 98 crewmen and nearly sinking the vessel. His firing was one of the highest-profile dismissals of a skipper in recent years,...

Oldest shipyard may be drydocked in latest base-closing round

May 17, 2005 The Navy is recommending closing the nation's oldest shipyard because it has fewer submarines to overhaul, and the service can save more than $1 billion by consolidating the work at its three remaining shipyards, senior Navy officials said. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Vern Clark told the Base Realignment and...

Bye-Bye, Captain

May 15, 2005 Lately, the Navy is more likely to dismiss officers for misbehavior than poor job performance. USS San Francisco Cmdr. Kevin Mooney lost his job earlier this year after his nuclear submarine slammed into an undersea mountain in the Pacific Ocean, killing one sailor, injuring 98 crewmen and nearly sinking the...

Guns vs. Benefits

May 15, 2005 Expanded health care, increased survivors' payments and other perks might crowd weapons out of the Defense budget. In September 1998, the Joint Chiefs of Staff went to Capitol Hill and demanded their share of the nation's peace dividend. Congress agreed and since has awarded billions of dollars in pay raises...

Base realignment plan would cut 18,000 civilian jobs

May 13, 2005 More than 18,000 Defense Department civilians will see their jobs eliminated or contracted out as part of the Pentagon's recommendations for closing and realigning military bases. "Our current arrangements, designed for the Cold War, must give way to the new demands of the war against extremism and other threats of...

Rumsfeld: Pentagon won’t ax more than 10 percent of bases

May 12, 2005 The Defense Department will recommend that no more than 10 percent of military bases be shut down in its list of base closures and realignments, scheduled to be released Friday morning, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Thursday. Rumsfeld told reporters at a media briefing Thursday that only 5 to 10...

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