Department of Defense

Washington Report (September 29, 2015) A change-of-responsibility ceremony Friday put Gen. Joseph Dunford atop the U.S. military as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The former commandant of the Marine Corps said he is "humbled by the opportunity."    He called the men and women in uniform... Read more
Washington Report (September 29, 2015) The Air Force will make a decision soon about allowing enlisted airmen to pilot drone aircraft, according to Air Force Times. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told the publication that the service is studying the issue and she will make a decision early... Read more
Washington Report (September 29, 2015) The KC-46 tanker flew for the first time Friday after delays pushed the milestone back about a year. The Boeing aircraft spent about four hours in the air while pilots performed operational checks on engines, flight controls and environmental systems,... Read more
Washington Report (September 22, 2015) The fiscal year ends at midnight Sept. 30, a mere eight days away, but Congress is far from approving a budget for fiscal 2016. While some Republicans want to shut down the government over the issue of funding Planned Parenthood, most Capitol Hill watchers... Read more
Washington Report (September 22, 2015) The Defense Department says troops in Afghanistan are not prevented from reporting sexual abuse of children, even if the perpetrator is a member of the Afghan security force. It was reacting Monday to a report Sunday in The New York Times that American troops... Read more
Washington Report (September 22, 2015) Spc. Alek Skarlatos, an infantryman with the Oregon Army National Guard, was awarded the Soldier's Medal last week at the Pentagon for his actions last month in subduing a gunman on a European train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris.   His childhood friend,... Read more
Washington Report (September 15, 2015) Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chief of staff of the Army, received the inevitable question Friday about the Army's Aviation Restructure Initiative when he addressed the 137th General Conference & Exhibition in Nashville, Tenn. The ARI would remove all AH-64... Read more
Washington Report (September 15, 2015) The commander of U.S. Army-Europe told delegates at the annual NGAUS conference Saturday that he wants the National Guard to help in his effort to stem the growing threat from a belligerent Russia.   "What I'm saying is, I need you," said Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges... Read more
Washington Report (September 15, 2015) Congress may approve a deal to extend the budget for a few weeks beyond the end of the fiscal year in hopes of approving a full budget for fiscal 2016 later, according to Army Times.   That's the hope of Rep. Mac Thornberry, R- Texas, the chairman of the House... Read more
Our United States Air Force has been continuously engaged in combat operations for over two decades. These operations persist today and will continue for the foreseeable future.  While our tempo remains high, our budget continues to shrink. Current fiscal realities and a new generation of American... Read more