Department of Defense

Washington Report (January 17, 2017) The Defense Department has approved extending online shopping at military exchange websites to all honorable discharged veterans, a move that would affect 18 million people and increase profits $18 million to $72 million. The policy change was sent last week to... Read more
Washington Report (January 17, 2017) Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has proposed an increase of $430 billion for the defense budget over the next five years. His plan is included in a paper called “Restoring American Power” and will be released this... Read more
Washington Report (January 10, 2017) All honorably discharged military members could have access to online exchange shopping by Veterans Day, according to Defense Department documents obtained by Military Times. If the proposal becomes reality, it would greatly expand the customer base for the... Read more
Washington Report (January 10, 2017) The Defense Department has established a process to resolve cases involving bonuses paid erroneously to thousands of California National Guard soldiers years ago. Peter Levine, the acting undersecretary for personnel and readiness, updated reporters last week on... Read more
Washington Report (December 20, 2016) Vincent Viola, who graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1977 and served in the 101st Airborne Division, is President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to serve as secretary of the Army. Viola is a billionaire businessman who owns the Florida Panthers of the... Read more
Washington Report (December 6, 2016) Walgreens joined the TRICARE retail pharmacy network Dec. 1, while CVS pharmacies, including those in Target stores, have left the network on the same day. “The network will still have more than 57,000 locations across the country,” said Dr. George Jones, the... Read more
Washington Report (December 6, 2016) The Pentagon has kept quiet about an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business operations according to interviews and confidential memos obtained by The Washington Post. The newspaper reported that senior defense officials... Read more
Washington Report (November 29, 2016) The National Guard is taking part in a pilot program designed to link valuable local resources with service members who are assigned to locations away from large military installations. The three-year pilot program, called Building Healthy Military Communities... Read more
Washington Report (November 22, 2016) Many service members can now apply to carry their privately owned firearms at government facilities for personal protection, according to a Defense Department directive issued last week. Effective Nov. 18, the directive culminates years of work, a Pentagon... Read more
Washington Report (November 15, 2016) Most women in uniform believe their military service is underappreciated by society, according to a poll released this week. In a new Service Women's Action Network survey, nearly 75 percent of the women said their military service is not understood or valued... Read more

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