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Kedar Pavgi

Digital Producer/Reporter Kedar Pavgi is a digital producer/reporter at Defense One. He joined Government Executive Media Group summer 2012 as an editorial fellow. He previously worked at Foreign Policy magazine, and has written for The Diplomat, The World Politics Review and the Foreign Policy Association. He received his bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, where he studied economics and international relations.
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Retiring Military Dogs Helped Locate Explosives, Deter Terrorist Attacks

July 5, 2013 Four retiring military dogs were recently honored for their distinguished careers overseas. At a late-June event at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Okla., the dogs’ handlers ceremoniously “passed the leash” to the canines’ new retirement caretakers, according to Stars and Stripes. The dogs primarily served to track and ...

Getting to the Point

July 1, 2013 Would your mom understand? It’s one of the tips Energy Information Administration senior editor Colleen Blessing tells her colleagues to keep in mind when they write official agency documents. She emphasizes that clarity is a virtue, especially for federal agencies looking to maximize the reach of their publications. Blessing has ...

Around Government

July 1, 2013 Debating the Draft One lawmaker says women should sign up, while others say shut it down. The decades-old military draft system could be in line for a face-lift if some in Congress have their way. Lawmakers are making moves to reform the Selective Service, the agency in charge of registering ...

Marines Could Cut 8,000 Troops If Sequestration Sticks Around

June 26, 2013 Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos said Wednesday that continued budget cuts from sequestration could mean the loss of 8,000 troops from the service. Defense Department managers know more precisely where the cuts would come, but Amos declined to provide specifics to reporters at the Defense Writers Group, The Hill ...

Snowden Petition Shows Many Paths to a White House Response

June 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow News of Edward Snowden’s U.S. indictment and flight from Hong Kong helped push the White House petition to pardon the admitted National Security Agency leaker over the 100,000 signatures needed for an official response this week. The petition on the White House’s We the People site had about 119,000 signatures ...

Army Announces Force Reductions, Future Civilian Cuts

June 25, 2013 The Army on Tuesday announced it is reducing its force and end strength with cuts that will also affect supporting civilian jobs in the coming years. The service plans to reduce end-strength by 80,000 soldiers, with the goal of having 490,000 troops by fiscal 2017, Army Chief of Staff Gen. ...

Lawmaker Seeks to End Pay Discrepancies Between Blue and White Collar Feds

June 24, 2013 Lawmakers and labor groups are pushing to fix pay discrepancies between blue and white-collar federal workers caused by differences in the way the Office of Personnel Management classifies wage areas. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., has introduced the 2013 Locality Pay Equity Act to end what he calls an “archaic” system ...

United States Dominates in Social Diplomacy

June 21, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The State Department’s social media presence vastly dwarfs that of other countries using internet-based tools for public diplomacy efforts, according to a new report by a Canadian think tank. The 39 U.S. ambassadors with a digital media presence — including Twitter, Facebook and blogs — pack a significant punch, based ...

Navy Announces Layoffs for 745 Civilians

June 21, 2013 The Navy Installations Command on Wednesday announced that it would undertake a reduction in force for 745 civilian positions. The RIF will be completed by fiscal 2014, and will affect civilians working in 20 states; Washington, D.C.; Guam; Italy; Greece; and Cuba, according to the announcement. The Navy said it ...

Defense Sees Little Progress on Unwanted Sexual Contact in Six Years

June 20, 2013 Some 6.1 percent of military women reported unwanted sexual contact in 2012, compared to 6.8 percent in 2006, according to new data from the Pentagon, despite Defense Department efforts to tackle what it acknowleges as a sexual assault crisis. Of the reported incidents, 67 percent happened on military installations, and ...