Department of Defense

Washington Report (October 6, 2015) Two Republican House members believe the National Commission on the Future of the Army is taking a narrow approach to its task and have encouraged it to "identify areas where improvement can be made, and efficiencies found."   Rep. Kay Granger of Texas and Rep.... Read more
Washington Report (October 6, 2015) Gen. John Galvin, who died Sept. 25 at age 86 from complications of Parkinson's disease, began his 44-year military career as an enlisted man in the Massachusetts Army National Guard in 1948. He retired in 1993 as the supreme allied commander of NATO.   Galvin... Read more
(Oct. 1, 2015) Gen. John Galvin, who died Friday at age 86, began his 44-year military career as an enlisted man in the Massachusetts Army National Guard in 1948. He retired in 1993 as the supreme allied commander of NATO. Galvin joined the Guard to continue his schooling and stay out of the draft... Read more
Washington Report (September 29, 2015) Congress is likely to pass a short-term measure to fund the government into December, but the Defense Department took the cautionary step Friday of warning troops about what to expect if the government shuts down at midnight Wednesday when the 2015 fiscal year... Read more
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

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