Defense Authorization

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
Washington Report (June 30. 2015) A government study loudly disputes the Air Force's arguments for retiring the A-10 Thunderbolt fighter aircraft. The study from the Government Accountability Office released Thursday criticizes the Air Force's claim of cost savings and describes a close-air-support... Read more
By Ron Jensen June 26, 2015 A government study loudly disputes the Air Force’s arguments for retiring the A-10 Thunderbolt fighter aircraft. The study from the Government Accountability Office released Thursday criticizes the Air Force’s claim of cost savings and describes a close-air-support... Read more
Washington Report (June 23, 2015) Retired Gen. Gordon Sullivan, the president of the Association of the United States Army, told a panel exploring the Army's future structure that the need for a unified Total Force is "stronger than its individual parts." Sullivan spoke Thursday at the second... Read more
Washington Report (June 23, 2015) The Senate passed its version of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act Thursday, and the measure includes some key language in support of the National Guard. The bill, among other things, prevents the Army from transferring any of the Guard's remaining... Read more

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