Defense Authorization

Washington Report (November 24, 2015) Members of a congressional panel tasked with looking at military pay and compensation said Nov. 18 the current system does not meet the needs of today's all-volunteer force.    Three Republican commissioners on the Military Compensation and Retirement... Read more
Washington Report (October 27, 2015) The White House and leaders in Congress seem to have reached a two-year budget deal that would increase military spending and end the threat of a government shutdown. The House is expected to take up the measure Wednesday and the Senate will vote after that.  ... Read more
Washington Report (October 27, 2015) GOP lawmakers were wrong when they said President Barack Obama's veto of the fiscal 2016 defense policy bill last week would hold up pay raises for service members next year. The National Defense Authorization Act does not address military pay, Army Times... Read more
Washington Report (October 13, 2015) The 2016 National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress last week will not reach the president's desk until next week. President Barack Obama has said he will veto the bill because it bypasses caps on military spending. But the bill has not yet been... Read more
Washington Report (October 6, 2015) The Senate could vote as soon as today on the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, but the president has said he will veto the version of the bill that passed the House last week.   President Barack Obama opposes the bill because House Republicans included... Read more
Washington Report (September 15, 2015) Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chief of staff of the Army, received the inevitable question Friday about the Army's Aviation Restructure Initiative when he addressed the 137th General Conference & Exhibition in Nashville, Tenn. The ARI would remove all AH-64... Read more
Washington Report (July 28, 2015) Congressional leaders say the House and Senate will not come to an agreement on the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act before members head back to their home states for August recess.    "We're going into September at this point," Rep. Adam Smith, D-... Read more
Washington Report (July 14, 2015) Congressional leaders say it's likely the House and Senate will not pass a budget before the end of the fiscal year. Instead, Congress is headed towards a continuing resolution to keep spending at current levels at the start of fiscal 2016.    "I don't want to do... Read more
Washington Report (July 7, 2015) Congress has a lot of work ahead of it following the Fourth of July recess, from high-profile Pentagon confirmations to defense spending bills. It has nondefense issues, like highway funding, to address, as well.   Topping the defense list is the fiscal 2016... Read more
Washington Report (July 7, 2015) Retired Gen. Carter Ham, the chairman of the National Commission on the Future of the Army, said the issues facing the service are complex, but that all concerned have the nation's best interest in mind.   Ham spoke to the newspaper in Killeen, Texas, ahead of the... Read more