Department of Defense

Washington Report (May 19, 2015) Gen. Mark A. Milley, the commander of Army Forces Command, has been nominated to become the next Army chief of staff. Milley's nomination was announced by Defense Secretary Ash Carter during a press briefing at the Pentagon. Carter described the nominee as a "... Read more
Washington Report (May 12, 2015) The National Governors Association is asking Congress to wait for the results of an Army force structure study before approving legislation that would shrink the size of the Army National Guard and take away its AH-64 Apache helicopters. A statement from the NGA was... Read more
Washington Report (May 12, 2015) The commander of U.S. Northern Command elevated the force protection level for all Defense Department facilities in the continental United States, but not because of a specific threat, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said Friday.   NORTHCOM raised the force... Read more
Washington Report (May 5, 2015) It was nearly dawn Thursday when the House Armed Services Committee voted 60-2 to approve the committee's version of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. The full House should take up the bill next week, about the same time the Senate Armed Services... Read more
Washington Report (May 5, 2015) Retired Col. Pete Duffy, the NGAUS legislative director, met Monday with Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and representatives from other organizations to push the lawmaker's "Servicemember and Veteran Mental Health Care Package," a trio of bills that would improve access... Read more
Washington Report (April 28, 2015) The House Armed Services Committee will spend much of Wednesday—and probably a few early hours of Thursday—compiling its version of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. The final proposal will include the panel's collective view on the Air Force's... Read more
Washington Report (April 28, 2015) Under an amendment to be introduced Wednesday, Congress would have 60 days to consider a commission's recommendation regarding the Army's plan to remove all AH-64 Apache helicopters from the Army National Guard. The amendment to the fiscal 2016 National Defense... Read more
  As the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel marks up this Thursday, April 23 and the full committee on April 29, NGAUS members will be watching very closely to see if the committee includes the retirement recommendations from the Commission on Military Compensation and Retirement... Read more
Washington Report (April 14, 2015) Congress has returned to the nation's capital and work is expected to begin again on the defense bills. Military Times says service members should not expect to see recommendations from the panel on compensation included in the budget. Also, a pay raise of 1.3... Read more
Washington Report (April 14, 2015) The Air Force will have little data on which to base its decision regarding the production of the KC-46 aerial refueling aircraft. Boeing, the airplane's builder, will have only three months of flight testing of the airplane before the service is to decide in... Read more

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