Department of Defense

Washington Report (April 7, 2015) A study released last week found that duty in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq does not add to the risk of suicide. In fact, it found that military members who leave the service before the end of their first enlistments are most at risk. The study by the... Read more
Washington Report (April 7, 2015) Brad Carson, most recently the undersecretary of the Army, has been chosen by President Barack Obama to lead the Pentagon's personnel shop. According to Military Times, Carson will become acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. The position is... Read more
Washington Report (April 7, 2015) The undersecretary of the Army said last week combat brigades in the Army National Guard are "not one-for-one substitutes" for those in the active component. Brad Carson, who this week was named acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, was... Read more
Washington Report (April 7, 2015) Army officials are changing the service's tattoo policy, and under the new guidelines soldiers will be allowed to have ink on their legs and arms. Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, made the announcement last week at a conference in Huntsville, Ala.... Read more
Washington Report (March 31, 2015) The Senate Friday confirmed Maj. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy to be the 20th director of the Army National Guard. No date has been set for him to be promoted to lieutenant general and take over the post. Kadavy, the former adjutant general of Nebraska, is currently the... Read more
Washington Report (March 31, 2015) Promotions would be based more on merit than seniority and new recruits could enter the service with a higher rank. These were ideas mentioned by Defense Secretary Ash Carter Monday during an address to high school students at his alma mater, Abington High School... Read more
Washington Report (March 31, 2015) Senate and House members have told their colleagues on influential committees of their support for the A-10 Thunderbolt II. In letters from members of both chambers, the Warthog has been praised as a key weapon of war that should not be retired. Eighteen House... Read more
Washington Report (March 31, 2015) Rep. Madeleine Bordallo, D-Guam, has introduced the State Partnership Program Enhancement Act of 2015, which would strengthen the National Guard State Partnership Program and build a strong permanent legal foundation for this critical "soft power" global... Read more
Washington Report (March 24, 2015) NGAUS has confidence that the eight people chosen to serve on the National Commission on the Future of the Army will take a close and objective look at the service before making recommendations to Congress. Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president,... Read more
Washington Report (March 24, 2015) The 21 adjutants general who have C-130s in their states are asking congressional leaders to provide the Air Force with flexibility regarding a modernization program for the fleet and to maintain a fleet of at least 308 aircraft. The letter was sent last week to... Read more

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