Department of Defense

Media outlets in Washington are reporting that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is planning to lift the ban on women serving in combat-graded positions.  In reality, women have been engaging in close-quarters combat for many years, including the entire duration of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 22, 2013) The across-the-board spending cuts that would result if sequestration kicks in March 1 will hollow out military forces faster than most Americans imagine, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said last week. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said during a recent... Read more
WASHINGTON (Jan. 16, 2013) — Army and Air National Guardsmen nationwide are applauding a new Reserve Forces Policy Board report that recommends the Pentagon account for  full life-cycle costs when calculating personnel expenses, especially when comparing the cost of  Guardsmen and Reservists with... Read more
Last week, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley published four opinion pieces on the future of the Air Force. Donley focused on three main areas: force structure, readiness and modernization. The theme: "We are smaller and likely to get even smaller at a time when our weapons are old and we... Read more
(Jan. 14, 2012) Air Force leaders will deliver guidance to the force in a few days to begin prudent planning for the uncertain budget environment ahead, Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley said at the Pentagon Friday. Donley and Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the Air Force chief of staff, briefed... Read more
(Jan. 11, 2012) Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter has released a memo directing the services and defense agencies to begin planning for possible upcoming budget challenges. The memo allows defense components to freeze civilian hiring, terminate temporary hires and reduce base operating... Read more
(Dec. 21, 2012) The year-old defense strategy Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta helped put in place last January faces two major risks, he said Tuesday: stress on the force, and a political system “that is depriving the department of the budget certainty we need . . . to plan for the future.”... Read more
All across the United States, Americans are seeing the same image – the power of the National Guard in response to national disasters. As Hurricane Sandy swept across the east coast late last week, over 85,000 National Guard member were made available to assist civilian authorities in potentially... Read more
Last week the Office of Budget and Management (OMB) circulate a memo to the heads of executive departments and agencies to clarify issues raised by the potential impact of sequestration as set forth by last year's Budget Control Act. In the memo, OMB stated it would be holding discussion on issues... Read more
House lawmakers this week are set to move two of the largest annual appropriations bills, the Defense and Labor-HHS-Education spending bills, and will also take a step toward finding a way to halt automatic spending cuts due early next year. By week’s end, the House is expected to pass the annual... Read more

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