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Acting Pentagon personnel chief Brad Carson headlined Defense One Live's Force of the Future event on June 9, 2015.

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Acting Pentagon personnel chief Brad Carson headlined Defense One Live's Force of the Future event on June 9, 2015.

The Pentagon's acting personnel chief has vowed to upend the military's Cold War-era HR system. Watch him describe how and why.

On June 9, the Pentagon’s acting personnel chief, Brad Carson, talked with Defense One editor Kevin Baron about the military’s plans to overhaul its Cold War-era personnel system, a long-overdue move meant to attract and retain the best and the brightest of today.

Presented before a packed house at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, the event also included a panel composed of top service and DoD personnel leaders who are moving out with reforms of their own.

Watch the video of the event here. (Free registration is required, but it’s very quick.)

The panelists included Vice Adm. Bill Moran, chief of naval personnel; Roy Wallace, Army deputy chief of staff for personnel; and Paige Hinkle-Bowles, deputy assistant Defense Secretary for civilian personnel policy. Moderated by Defense One deputy editor Bradley Peniston, the discussion touched on:

  • What must the change look like?
  • How will they implement a more flexible personnel system?
  • What must be done to recruit millennials and maintain mid-career personnel?
  • How can DoD personnel and readiness policies shape the force of 2020?

(​Related: Carson’s op-ed: “How We’re Planning the Biggest Personnel Overhaul in 45 Years”)

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