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

Although still far from happening, United States Space Command leader Maj. Gen. John Shaw said Space Force troops will eventually... Read More

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

2020-09-17 13:51:19
by Reece Nations
Bill Authorizing President to Posthumously Award Medal of Honor Proposed

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation that would authorize the president to posthumously award U.S. Army Sergeant... Read More

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation that would authorize the president to posthumously award U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Alwyn Cashe the Medal of Honor. Cashe was injured in October 2005 while deployed in Iraq when the... Read More

Russian Navy Conducts Major Maneuvers Near Alaska

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian navy conducted major war games near Alaska involving dozens of ships and aircraft, the military... Read More

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian navy conducted major war games near Alaska involving dozens of ships and aircraft, the military said Friday, the biggest such drills in the area since Soviet times. Russia's navy chief, Adm. Nikolai Yevmenov, said that... Read More

2020-08-17 15:59:49
by Tom Ramstack
Appeals Court Rules That Only Men Can Be Drafted by U.S. Military

Only men can be drafted into the U.S. military, a federal appeals court in New Orleans ruled last week. The... Read More

Only men can be drafted into the U.S. military, a federal appeals court in New Orleans ruled last week. The ruling was based on a lawsuit filed by the advocacy group National Coalition for Men and two men who alleged... Read More

From Defeat to a First-Ever Bill: How Veterans Are Fighting Back on Toxic Exposure

WASHINGTON — When Rosie Torres first knocked on Congress’ doors almost a decade ago, asking for help for her husband... Read More

WASHINGTON — When Rosie Torres first knocked on Congress’ doors almost a decade ago, asking for help for her husband and other veterans who became sick following exposure to military burn pits, she gained little traction. What she heard: More... Read More

2020-08-05 21:24:13
by Reece Nations
Members Request Investigation of Multibillion Dollar Pentagon Contract

WASHINGTON – Two members of Congress have penned letters requesting a probe into the Pentagon’s decision to grant a multibillion... Read More

WASHINGTON – Two members of Congress have penned letters requesting a probe into the Pentagon’s decision to grant a multibillion dollar moving contract to American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier Group Inc. The three-year, $7.2 billion contract would privately outsource the management... Read More

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

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is winding down the U.S. military presence in Germany, and relocating some, but not all of... Read More

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

House, Senate Pass Bills to Study the Number of Cancers Striking Military Pilots

WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense would be required to identify how many of its current or former aviators have... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense would be required to identify how many of its current or former aviators have been diagnosed with cancer in bills passed by the House and Senate this week, a study long sought by military... Read More

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... Read More

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

2020-07-24 13:28:42
by Gaspard Le Dem
U.S. Space Command Says Russia Tested Anti-Satellite Weapon From Space

U.S. Space Command on Wednesday said it had proof that Russia tested an anti-satellite weapon from outer space last week.... Read More

U.S. Space Command on Wednesday said it had proof that Russia tested an anti-satellite weapon from outer space last week. The agency, which is in charge of U.S. military operations in space, said that a Russian satellite by the name... Read More

White House Threatens Defense Bill Veto Over Confederate Base Names

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is threatening to veto a massive defense policy bill over a provision that would... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is threatening to veto a massive defense policy bill over a provision that would rename military bases such as Fort Bragg that are named after Confederate officers. The veto threat Tuesday came hours before... Read More

2020-07-21 19:50:21
by Dan McCue
Bipartisan Effort Assures Inclusion of PFAS Provisions in Defense Bill

WASHINGTON - Bipartisanship ruled the day Monday when several amendments were added to the National Defense Authorization Act for FY... Read More

WASHINGTON - Bipartisanship ruled the day Monday when several amendments were added to the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2021 to better regulate a class of cancer-linked chemicals on military bases and surrounding communities. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also... Read More

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

WASHINGTON - The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved the fiscal year 2021 defense spending bill on a vote of... Read More

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

2020-07-14 19:46:32
by Dan McCue
Bipartisan PFAS Amendment to National Defense Authorization Act Introduced

WASHINGTON - Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., is leading a bipartisan coalition that wants to add a comprehensive solution to PFAS... Read More

WASHINGTON - Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., is leading a bipartisan coalition that wants to add a comprehensive solution to PFAS contamination to the Fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. The amendment -- originally proposed by Dingell and passed with bipartisan... Read More

2020-07-10 20:07:32
by Dan McCue
Cunningham, Murphy Want Congress Informed When Foreign Entities Target US Troops

WASHINGTON - Reps. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., want intelligence officials to immediately notify key members of Congress... Read More

WASHINGTON - Reps. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., and Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., want intelligence officials to immediately notify key members of Congress when they determine -- with moderate to high confidence -- that a foreign government is deliberately seeking to kill or... Read More

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... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Defense policy discussions are attracting most of the attention on Capitol Hill this week as the Senate takes... Read More

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

Ex-Defense Chief Mattis Rips Trump for Dividing Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an extraordinary rebuke, former defense secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday denounced President Donald Trump's heavy-handed use... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an extraordinary rebuke, former defense secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday denounced President Donald Trump's heavy-handed use of military force to quell protests near the White House and said his former boss was setting up a “false... Read More

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

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday he opposes the use of active-duty military to police U.S. cities and... Read More

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

US Faces a Memorial Day Like No Other

(AP) — Americans prepared to mark a Memorial Day like no other as the coronavirus pandemic upended traditional commemorations. U.S.... Read More

(AP) — Americans prepared to mark a Memorial Day like no other as the coronavirus pandemic upended traditional commemorations. U.S. authorities warned beach-goers to heed social distancing rules to avoid a resurgence of the virus that has infected 5.4 million... Read More

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

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2020 approved a new, independent Space Force within the Department of the Air Force.... Read More

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

2020-04-15 18:51:19
by Dan McCue
IAVA Expands Effort to Provide Timely Help to Vets During Pandemic

WASHINGTON - The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is expanding its highly regarded rapid response program to provide aid... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is expanding its highly regarded rapid response program to provide aid and comfort to even more veterans during the coronavirus pandemic. Newly rebranded as the IAVA's "Quick Reaction Force," the initiative... Read More

2020-04-08 14:26:45
by Dan McCue
Acting Navy Boss Quits Amid Uproar Over Coronavirus Controversy

WASHINGTON - Bowing to increasing pressure, acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday, following his profanity-laced tirade against... Read More

WASHINGTON - Bowing to increasing pressure, acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday, following his profanity-laced tirade against the fired captain of the coronavirus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt. Modly’s abrupt exit came shortly after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined... Read More

2020-04-02 17:24:31
by Dan McCue
Veterans Groups Ask That Members Be Allowed to Join COVID-19 Fight

WASHINGTON - A pair of veterans service organizations are calling on Congress and the National Governors Association to re-examine the... Read More

WASHINGTON - A pair of veterans service organizations are calling on Congress and the National Governors Association to re-examine the nation's current medical credentialing system to allow veterans with medical experience to join in the fight against COVID-19. Both the... Read More

2020-03-12 17:24:14
by Dan McCue
Report to Address Need for the Draft and Women’s Exclusion

WASHINGTON - The United States stopped drafting young men into the military in 1973, but the issue of the draft,... Read More

WASHINGTON - The United States stopped drafting young men into the military in 1973, but the issue of the draft, and whether women as well as men should be subject to it, is very much alive. On March 25, the... Read More

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... Read More

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

WASHINGTON — Top members of the House Armed Services Committee assailed Pentagon leaders Wednesday, warning that the administration’s reprogramming of... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - A Pentagon proposal to cut funding for Stars and Stripes is causing an uproar among media organizations and... Read More

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

2020-02-07 15:26:28
by Dan McCue
Sherrill, Stivers Deliver Unanimous Passage of Veterans Service Dog Bill

WASHINGTON - Proving that acrimony wasn't the only emotion felt on Capitol Hill this week, Reps. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J. and... Read More

WASHINGTON - Proving that acrimony wasn't the only emotion felt on Capitol Hill this week, Reps. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J. and Steve Stivers, R-Ohio delivered a unanimous House vote Wednesday in favor of granting access to treatment derived from working with... Read More

2020-02-06 21:59:41
by Tom Ramstack
Defense Contractors Promise Innovations to Keep US Ahead of Foreign Adversaries

WASHINGTON - Defense contractors urged Congress Wednesday to increase spending on new military technology as the Trump administration prepares to... Read More

WASHINGTON - Defense contractors urged Congress Wednesday to increase spending on new military technology as the Trump administration prepares to release its proposed defense budget for fiscal 2021 next week. They described current U.S. military efforts at developing innovative technologies... Read More

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