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Defense Analysts Caution Against U.S. Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan
Geopolitics
Defense Analysts Caution Against U.S. Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan
2020-11-20 21:34:46
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Defense analysts warned Congress Friday against the U.S. troop withdrawal in Afghanistan announced this week amid indications that radical Islamists could resume terrorist attacks. They said further proof is needed that Taliban fighters would not try to seize... Read More

Senior Pentagon Official Resigns as Trump Remakes Leadership
Dep. of Defense
Senior Pentagon Official Resigns as Trump Remakes Leadership

WASHINGTON — A senior Defense Department official resigned on Tuesday, opening the way for a longtime ally of President Donald Trump to take on a key leadership role a day after Pentagon chief Mark Esper was fired. James Anderson, the acting deputy undersecretary of defense for policy,... Read More

Esper's Firing Raises Concerns About Trump's Plans for the Pentagon in Final Weeks
Pentagon
Esper's Firing Raises Concerns About Trump's Plans for the Pentagon in Final Weeks

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's decision to fire Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Monday raised concerns that he may be planning far-reaching military moves in his final weeks in office — and is putting in place new leadership more inclined to go along. Trump named Christopher... Read More

Space Force Establishes Operations Command
Military
Space Force Establishes Operations Command
2020-10-27 16:05:11
by Reece Nations

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Space Force recently launched its Space Operations Command, according to Air Force Magazine. Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting was introduced as the head of the operations command during a ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo.,... Read More

Bootcamp to Begin for First Class of Space Force Recruits
Military
Bootcamp to Begin for First Class of Space Force Recruits
2020-10-21 15:45:19
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO – The military’s newest branch, the United States Space Force, swore in its first recruits Tuesday, Oct. 20. Seven recruits, five men and two women, will commence the force’s inaugural boot camp at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland for... Read More

Federal Agencies Using Machine Learning and AI to Tackle Problems
Technology
Federal Agencies Using Machine Learning and AI to Tackle Problems
2020-10-15 13:16:09
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Machine learning and artificial intelligence technology are fast-moving, complex technologies businesses and government agencies are increasingly putting to use to develop efficiencies of people and processes. Federal IT practitioners, in particular, are seeing the benefits of this technology... Read More

House Democrats Raise Concerns Over Joint Chiefs’ Quarantine after COVID-19 Exposure
Pentagon
House Democrats Raise Concerns Over Joint Chiefs’ Quarantine after COVID-19 Exposure

WASHINGTON — Top Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee and a former U.S. spy chief expressed concerns about U.S. national security Tuesday after news broke that most of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are quarantining after coming in contact... Read More

Space Force Moon Base Could Become Reality
Military
Space Force Moon Base Could Become Reality
2020-10-01 19:13:37
by Reece Nations

Although still far from happening, United States Space Command leader Maj. Gen. John Shaw said Space Force troops will eventually be sent to space. Shaw’s comments on the Space Force came during the AFWERX Engage Space Conference, which ran from... Read More

Pentagon Announces Major Re-Alignment of Troops in Europe
Military
Pentagon Announces Major Re-Alignment of Troops in Europe
2020-07-29 20:32:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is winding down the U.S. military presence in Germany, and relocating some, but not all of those troops closer to the Russian border, Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced Wednesday. The decision marks a major force restructuring... Read More

Senate Passes Veto-Proof Defense Bill Removing Confederate Names From Army Bases
Political News
Senate Passes Veto-Proof Defense Bill Removing Confederate Names From Army Bases

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Thursday passed with a veto-proof majority a Defense spending bill that includes a provision to remove the names of Confederate officers from 10 military bases. All four senators from Kansas and Missouri backed National Defense... Read More

House Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2021 Defense Funding Bill
Congress
House Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2021 Defense Funding Bill
2020-07-15 15:20:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved the fiscal year 2021 defense spending bill on a vote of 30 to 22.  The legislation funds the Department of Defense, including operations and maintenance, readiness activities, research and development, equipment... Read More

House Military Spending Bill Barring Funds for Border Wall Advances
Congress
House Military Spending Bill Barring Funds for Border Wall Advances

WASHINGTON — House appropriators approved a $115.5 billion Military Construction-VA spending bill Thursday on a 30-20 vote, with Texas Republican Will Hurd joining Democrats to advance the legislation to the floor. The rest of the panel’s Republicans opposed Democrats’ decision to add $12.5 billion... Read More

The National Defense Authorization Act: A Primer
Congress
The National Defense Authorization Act: A Primer
2020-06-30 20:54:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Defense policy discussions are attracting most of the attention on Capitol Hill this week as the Senate takes up the fiscal 2021 defense authorization bill on the floor and the House Armed Service Committee marks up its version.... Read More

In Reversal, Pentagon Open to Stripping Names of Confederate Generals Off Fort Hood, Other Posts
Pentagon
In Reversal, Pentagon Open to Stripping Names of Confederate Generals Off Fort Hood, Other Posts

WASHINGTON — Abandoning decades of resistance, the Pentagon signaled Monday that it is open to stripping the names of Confederate heroes off Fort Hood and nine other Army posts, including one named for the rebels’ top general, Robert E. Lee.... Read More

Defense Secretary Opposes Use of Active-Duty Troops to Police US Cities
Military
Defense Secretary Opposes Use of Active-Duty Troops to Police US Cities
2020-06-03 19:57:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday he opposes the use of active-duty military to police U.S. cities and contain current street protests over the death of George Floyd. "I've always believed and continue to believe that the National... Read More

Space Force Leaders Divulge Inaugural Projects and Priorities
Military
Space Force Leaders Divulge Inaugural Projects and Priorities
2020-05-11 13:20:23
by Kate Michael

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2020 approved a new, independent Space Force within the Department of the Air Force. As this new military branch takes shape, Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett and Chief of Space Operations General... Read More

Trump’s Pick for Pentagon Watchdog Prompts Questions
Pentagon
Trump’s Pick for Pentagon Watchdog Prompts Questions

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump moved swiftly this month to replace inspectors general across the government. Now Trump’s nominees for these watchdog jobs face questions about whether they will bark when needed, especially if Trump wants silence. Arguably the most... Read More

Pentagon Looks to Undo Parts of McCain Anti-Lobbying Law
Lobbying
Pentagon Looks to Undo Parts of McCain Anti-Lobbying Law

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has quietly asked Congress to reverse key parts of a recent law that tightened the rules governing retired Defense Department officials influencing their former government colleagues on behalf of defense contractors. Three years ago, Washington enacted... Read More

Will America Get a Space National Guard?
Military
Will America Get a Space National Guard?

WASHINGTON — The United States has a new military service, the Space Force, but it has never been clear whether or not the country will also have a Space Guard and Reserve. Many observers on Capitol Hill were hoping the... Read More

Lawmakers Warn Pentagon About Shifting Money to Border Wall
Congress
Lawmakers Warn Pentagon About Shifting Money to Border Wall

WASHINGTON — Top members of the House Armed Services Committee assailed Pentagon leaders Wednesday, warning that the administration’s reprogramming of $3.8 billion of Defense Department money for a border wall could damage its relationship with Congress. Echoing a letter they... Read More

Pentagon Proposal to Defund Stars and Stripes Sparks Uproar
Military
Pentagon Proposal to Defund Stars and Stripes Sparks Uproar
2020-02-18 13:25:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A Pentagon proposal to cut funding for Stars and Stripes is causing an uproar among media organizations and reporters covering the Defense Department who contend the independent newspaper remains a vital source of information for military personnel stationed... Read More

Pentagon Chief Says ‘No Decision Whatsoever’ to Leave Iraq After Memo Confusion
Military
Pentagon Chief Says ‘No Decision Whatsoever’ to Leave Iraq After Memo Confusion

WASHINGTON — The United States has made “no decision whatsoever” to pull troops out of Iraq, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Monday after a Defense Department memo to an Iraqi military official surfaced discussing moving U.S. forces. The comments came... Read More

Pentagon to Boost US Forces in Middle East
Military
Pentagon to Boost US Forces in Middle East

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon made plans Monday to send an additional 2,500 U.S. Marines to the Middle East, the latest fallout from President Donald Trump’s order to kill a powerful Iranian general last week, but one that could increase the... Read More

U.S. Urged to Suspend Joint Training After Naval Base Shootings
Military
U.S. Urged to Suspend Joint Training After Naval Base Shootings

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon should temporarily suspend training for foreign fighters after a Saudi air force officer shot and killed trainees last week at a U.S. base in Florida, two Republican lawmakers said. A top U.S. official said the attack... Read More

More US Troops Could Be Headed to Mideast as Iranian Threat Intensifies
Military
More US Troops Could Be Headed to Mideast as Iranian Threat Intensifies
2019-12-06 15:59:55
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - A high-ranking Defense Department official acknowledged during a Senate hearing Thursday that the U.S. government is considering sending more troops to the Middle East to counter an Iranian military buildup. “We’re concerned about the threat stream we’re seeing,”... Read More

Esper Warns US Now Confronting New Era of 'Great Power Competition'
Geopolitics
Esper Warns US Now Confronting New Era of 'Great Power Competition'
2019-09-19 12:49:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Mark Esper had a stark warning for attendees at a major U.S. Air Force conference Wednesday morning, telling them "great power competition has once again returned to the global stage" and as a result, "we must... Read More

List of Military Installations Dealing With PFAS Chemical Contamination Expected to Grow
Military
List of Military Installations Dealing With PFAS Chemical Contamination Expected to Grow
2019-09-17 20:03:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The number of U.S. military installations contaminated with potentially cancer-causing chemical compounds found in firefighting foam is expected to rise as a Defense Department task force continues to assess the problem, the Pentagon said last week. During a... Read More

Trump Declares New Space Command Key to American Defense
Military
Trump Declares New Space Command Key to American Defense
2019-08-30 15:55:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON —President Donald Trump announced Thursday the Pentagon has established the U.S. Space Command, declaring space as being crucial to the nation's defense. "It's a big deal," the president said during a Rose Garden ceremony. "As the newest combatant command,... Read More

Trump Administration Tightens Policy on Children Born Overseas
In The News
Trump Administration Tightens Policy on Children Born Overseas
2019-08-29 17:10:27
by Dan McCue

NEW YORK — The Trump administration said children adopted overseas by U.S. military personnel and government employees serving abroad will no longer be guaranteed citizenship. A “policy manual update” issued Wednesday by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services also would... Read More

Australia Could Play Bigger Role In Supplying U.S. Military With Rare Earth Minerals
Dep. of Defense
Australia Could Play Bigger Role In Supplying U.S. Military With Rare Earth Minerals
2019-08-27 19:38:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - With trade tensions between U.S. and China still on a high boil, Australia stands poised to become the Defense Department's primary supplier of Rare Earth metals, a department official said Monday. Rare Earth metals are a collection of... Read More

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