Department of Defense

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
Washington Report (September 1, 2015) Several members of Congress, the Air Force secretary and the Army chief of staff will be in Nashville next week to address the 137th NGAUS General Conference & Exhibition. The annual NGAUS gathering will be held from Sept. 10 to 13 on the banks of the... Read more
Washington Report (September 1, 2015) Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has questions for Defense Secretary Ash Carter about two Air Force programs. In letters to the Pentagon boss, McCain has asked for explanations regarding delays in the KC-46A aerial... Read more
Washington Report (September 1, 2015) President Barack Obama has told Congress he intends to cap military pay raises next year at 1.3 percent as the country continues to recover from hard economic times.   In a letter to leaders of the House and Senate Friday, he wrote, "As our country continues to... Read more
Washington Report (September 1, 2015) Almost half of the government employees hired last year were former service members, evidence that President Barack Obama's push for the federal government to hire veterans is working. But those veterans don't stay long.  The Washington Post reported that one... Read more
Washington Report (August 25, 2015) Most people assume Congress will likely not pass a budget before the fiscal year ends Sept. 30, but sources are telling Defense News that lawmakers are considering the "nearly unprecedented step" of operating for all of fiscal 2016 without a new budget.   If... Read more
Washington Report (August 25, 2015) Defense Secretary Ash Carter thanked the people who thwarted a terrorist attack on a French train last week, including an Oregon Army National Guardsman and an Air Force member.   He said they "stepped forward to prevent an even greater tragedy from taking place... Read more