Department of Defense

Washington Report (November 8, 2016) Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced last week that recruiting will be reviewed because current standards for such things as fitness, marijuana use and tattoos may be “overly restrictive.” This marks the latest round of Carter’s Force of the Future personnel... Read more
Washington Report (November 1, 2016) A group of 30 senators have asked Defense Secretary Ash Carter to forgive the debts of some California National Guardsmen and return money to others who have already repaid bonus money they accepted although they were not entitled to it. The bipartisan effort is... Read more
(October 26, 2016) Defense Secretary Ash Carter has ordered a temporary halt to the controversial effort to recoup re-enlistment bonuses that were improperly paid to thousands of California National Guard members. His decision today ends for now what has become a hot potato for the Pentagon, the... Read more
Washington Report (October 25, 2016) Everybody seems to be weighing in on the effort by the Pentagon to recoup re-enlistment bonuses improperly paid to thousands of California Guardsmen 10 years ago when the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were raging. Soldiers are being asked to repay bonuses of $15,... Read more
Washington Report (October 25, 2016) As the Army educates its commanders and troops about the new policy regarding transgender soldiers, 10 members of the service have formally requested they be identified by their preferred gender, according to a report this week in Army Times. The Pentagon... Read more
WASHINGTON (Oct. 24, 2016) — Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the president of the National Guard Association of the United States, today released the following statement: "Like so many who wear or have worn this nation's uniform, I was troubled by stories over the weekend that illuminated the... Read more
(October 21, 2016) The Maryland National Guard’s 104th Fighter Squadron sent a dozen A-10s and 280 airmen to the Middle East to join the effort to re-take Mosul from Islamic State control.  Col. Charles Kohler, a spokesman for the Maryland Guard, confirmed the mission to The Baltimore Sun, but said... Read more
Washington Report (October 18, 2016) A recent change in policy to allow religious speech during Air Force retirement ceremonies is being challenged by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. The group wants the Defense Department inspector general to review the new policy and says “appropriate... Read more
Washington Report (October 14, 2016) Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., has reminded the Pentagon that an anti-armor weapon about to become standard equipment for every Army infantry platoon has the potential to cause traumatic brain injury and wants the military to closely monitor and record blast... Read more
Washington Report (September 27, 2016) Defense Secretary Ash Carter practically begged lawmakers last week to pass a budget, describing it as in the interest of national security. Congress has failed to pass a budget on time for several years, relying on continuing resolutions to keep the... Read more