Department of Defense

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
Washington Report (September 20, 2016) The Pentagon will pay for sex-change surgeries in military hospitals for currently serving troops if a patient’s physician considers it necessary and it is approved by senior military health officials. According to Military Times, the policy came to light... Read more
Washington Report (September 12, 2016) Attendees at the 138th General Conference &Exhibition in Baltimore heard from a distinguished parade of speakers even before a presidential candidate arrived. Here are some of the speakers and brief descriptions of their messages: Air Force Secretary... Read more
Washington Report (August 23, 2016) Two senators have asked the defense secretary to clarify how the Defense Suicide Prevention Office is addressing the suicide rate in the National Guard. In a letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, note that... Read more
Washington Report (July 5, 2016) Fifteen employers will receive the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the Defense Department gives to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees. The 2016 recipients of the award were selected from 2,424... Read more
Washington Report (June 14, 2016) Defense Secretary Ash Carter would like to sidestep the "up-or-out" method of military promotions, saying it has been "highly successful" but has flaws. He is pushing for a promotion system based on merit, according to an article in Politico, a publication that... Read more
Washington Report (June 7, 2016) Defense Department officials announced last week the launch of the "Leader Course," a tool designed to educate service senior leaders and financial advisors about the new Blended Retirement System (BRS) that goes into effect, Jan. 1, 2018, according to a Pentagon... Read more
Washington Report (May 17, 2016) Legislation supported by NGAUS would allow reserve-component members to make the full allowable contributions to their Thrift Savings Plan in the military without affecting the amount they put in a 401(k) plan in their civilian job. The Servicemember Retirement... Read more

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