Department of Defense

Washington Report (March 17, 2015) As Congress gets serious about the nation's budget, some Republicans are calling for an end to the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration, but others in the party are unlikely to agree. Some are devising ways to get around it. President Barack Obama's budget... Read more
Washington Report (March 17, 2015) Operation Freedom's Sentinel is now a qualifying operation for award of the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, according to a Defense Department news release. In a memorandum signed last week, Jessica Wright, the... Read more
Washington Report (March 10, 2015) First Air Force has filed an "urgent operational need" to improve Block 30 F-16s. The upgrade would be the installation of the Northrop Grumman APG-83 SABR active electronically scanned array radar, according to Air Force Times. The upgrade would benefit aircraft... Read more
Washington Report (March 10, 2015) NGAUS has told senators with influence on defense issues that it supports much of what the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission recommended, but also made clear its concerns. In a letter last week, retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett told... Read more
Washington Report (March 10, 2015) Top Air Force officers, including Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, spent last week talking about the service's close-air support mission, but focused on using F-15s and F-16s for the mission, not the A-10 Thunderbolt, which has long... Read more
By Rebecca Autrey March 4, 2015 The Air Force told Congress today it is either in the process of implementing or agrees with the principle behind almost all of the 42 recommendations made last year by the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force. In a report to lawmakers, the Secretary... Read more
Washington Report (March 3, 2015) Army National Guard officials at the National Guard Bureau announced last week the location plan for the first three of an eventual 10 new Army National Guard cyber-protection teams to be established over the next three fiscal years. The first of three CPTs to be... Read more
Washington Report (March 3, 2015) Three National Guard members last week described the faults in the Army's plan known as the Aviation Restructure Initiative, saying, among other things, that the nation would lose the decades of experience Guardsmen have flying and maintaining the complex AH-64... Read more
Washington Report (February 24, 2015) Eighty men and women with expertise in national security have signed an open letter to House and Senate leaders to end the spending limits required by the Budget Control Act and adequately fund the military so it can address threats around the globe. Former... Read more
Washington Report (February 18, 2015) Defense Secretary Ash Carter took the reins of the military Tuesday at the White House and immediately addressed an issue that impacts all corners of the agency he leads. In a letter to military members and Defense Department civilians, he called sequestration... Read more

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