Department of Defense

Washington Report (April 14, 2015) Defense Secretary Ash Carter has suggested that cyber could become its own service branch. Military Times says the secretary's remarks at U.S. Cyber Command headquarters in Maryland recently "raised eyebrows." "There may come a time when that makes sense," Carter... Read more
Washington Report (April 14, 2015) The United States remains the world's leader in defense spending despite a drop of 20 percent since 2010, according to a report released Monday from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Meanwhile, China, Russia and Saudi Arabia have significantly... Read more
Washington Report (April 7, 2015) The National Guard Bureau plans to deactivate two attack reconnaissance battalions to comply with reforms outlined in the Army's aviation restructure initiative. The Bureau announced in an April 1 memo it will deactivate Pennsylvania's 1st Battalion, 104th Aviation... Read more
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

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