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2021-10-18 13:27:40
by Tom Ramstack
Defense Dept. Official Sues to Get Answers on Suspension

WASHINGTON -- A high-ranking Defense Department official sued in federal court in Washington, D.C. this week to determine why her... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A high-ranking Defense Department official sued in federal court in Washington, D.C. this week to determine why her security clearance still is suspended after five months. The DOD has accused Katie Arrington of “unauthorized disclosure of classified information,”... Read More

U.S. Military Commanders Assure Senate They Are Ready for Terrorism

WASHINGTON -- The war in Afghanistan is officially over but the terrorism threat to the United States continues, according to... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The war in Afghanistan is officially over but the terrorism threat to the United States continues, according to military commanders who testified to the U.S. Senate Tuesday. They acknowledged that the chaotic U.S. military withdrawal was disappointing after... Read More

Top US General Holds 'Productive' Talks With Russian Officer

HELSINKI, Finland (AP) — The top American military officer held talks Wednesday with his Russian counterpart as the United States... Read More

HELSINKI, Finland (AP) — The top American military officer held talks Wednesday with his Russian counterpart as the United States struggles to secure basing rights and other counterterrorism support in countries bordering Afghanistan — an effort Moscow has opposed. The... Read More

2021-09-08 18:18:58
by Reece Nations
Pentagon to Address Supply Chain Issues Unveiled by Pandemic

WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense is establishing a supply chain resiliency working group to address systemic barriers that limit... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense is establishing a supply chain resiliency working group to address systemic barriers that limit “supply chain visibility” in addition to performing resiliency assessments and developing effective mitigation measures. In February, President Joe Biden issued... Read More

2021-08-25 23:27:32
by Alexa Hornbeck
Congress Wants to Address Eating Disorders in the Military

Congress is looking to expand access to treatment for eating disorders among service members.  The House and Senate versions of... Read More

Congress is looking to expand access to treatment for eating disorders among service members.  The House and Senate versions of the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act both contain measures that would encourage -- but not require -- the Defense... Read More

Kabul Airlift Accelerating But Still Hampered by Chaos

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S.-led evacuation of Americans and others from the chaotic Kabul airport is accelerating, with a one-day... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S.-led evacuation of Americans and others from the chaotic Kabul airport is accelerating, with a one-day doubling of the number airlifted out of the country, although President Joe Biden is not ruling out extending the mission... Read More

2021-08-09 17:36:13
by Dan McCue
Pentagon to Require Military to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

The Defense Department will require members of the U.S. military to get the COVID-19 vaccine by Sept. 15, though the... Read More

The Defense Department will require members of the U.S. military to get the COVID-19 vaccine by Sept. 15, though the deadline could be pushed up if infection rates continue to rise. The decision was revealed in a memo to troops ... Read More

Pentagon IDs Officer Killed in Violence Outside Building

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon police force on Wednesday identified the officer who was fatally stabbed at a transit center... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon police force on Wednesday identified the officer who was fatally stabbed at a transit center outside the Pentagon. The Pentagon Force Protection Agency said Officer George Gonzalez was a New York native and Army veteran... Read More

2021-07-30 20:13:54
by Tom Ramstack
Pentagon Considers Requirement of Vaccines for Military Employment

WASHINGTON -- The Defense Department is consulting with health officials and the Joint Chiefs of Staff about the possibility of... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Defense Department is consulting with health officials and the Joint Chiefs of Staff about the possibility of making COVID-19 vaccinations a requirement of military service. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a statement Thursday he is trying... Read More

2021-07-23 15:53:48
by Brock Blasdell
DOD to Perform First Review of Private Contracts In Over 30 Years

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense is conducting its first fiscal research study in over 30 years to determine the... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense is conducting its first fiscal research study in over 30 years to determine the efficiency and overall health of the military industry and its private contractors. The decision comes as part of a push... Read More

Pentagon Cancels Disputed JEDI Cloud Contract with Microsoft

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Tuesday it canceled a disputed cloud-computing contract with Microsoft that could eventually have been... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Tuesday it canceled a disputed cloud-computing contract with Microsoft that could eventually have been worth $10 billion. It will instead pursue a deal with both Microsoft and Amazon and possibly other cloud service providers.... Read More

2021-06-22 19:35:08
by Dan McCue
DOD Advised to Provide Congress With More Info On PFAS Costs

WASHINGTON - Despite being in the early phases of an investigation into PFAS contamination at nearly 700 U.S. military installations,... Read More

WASHINGTON - Despite being in the early phases of an investigation into PFAS contamination at nearly 700 U.S. military installations, the Department of Defense says the future environment clean-up of these facilities will cost at least $2.1 billion and likely... Read More

2021-06-10 13:07:39
by Dan McCue
Airstrikes Still a Possibility After Afghan Pullout

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department may seek authorization to carry out airstrikes if the capital of Kabul or any other... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department may seek authorization to carry out airstrikes if the capital of Kabul or any other major city in Afghanistan is in danger of falling to the Taliban after the U.S. completes the withdrawal of its... Read More

2021-06-09 17:24:09
by Reece Nations
Space Force to Lead Rocket Cargo Vanguard Program

WASHINGTON — The Department of the Air Force announced it has designated the United States Space Force as the lead... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Department of the Air Force announced it has designated the United States Space Force as the lead service for its “Rocket Cargo Vanguard Program,” a science and technology effort intended to determine the viability of large commercial... Read More

2021-02-11 15:17:03
by TWN Staff
Biden Calls for Review of National Security Strategy on China During Pentagon Visit

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on the Pentagon to conduct a review of of the United States'... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on the Pentagon to conduct a review of of the United States' national security strategy on China. The decision, announced during the president's first visit to the Defense Department, comes amid a... Read More

2021-01-13 16:44:24
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Warned About Losing Civilian Control of Defense Dept.

WASHINGTON -- Expert witnesses described a deeply troubled Defense Department at a Senate hearing Tuesday as Congress tries to decide... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Expert witnesses described a deeply troubled Defense Department at a Senate hearing Tuesday as Congress tries to decide whether to approve a new leader for the U.S. military. They said the Defense Department has fallen victim to political... Read More

Top Military Leaders Remind Troops of Limits of Free Speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid worry about renewed violence on Inauguration Day, the military's top leaders issued a written reminder to... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid worry about renewed violence on Inauguration Day, the military's top leaders issued a written reminder to all service members Tuesday that the deadly insurrection at the Capitol last week was an anti-democratic, criminal act, and that... Read More

EXPLAINER: Why National Guard's Role Was Limited During Riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the aftermath of the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last week, questions are being raised... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the aftermath of the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last week, questions are being raised about why the District of Columbia National Guard played such a limited role as civilian law enforcement officers were outnumbered... Read More

In a First, Congress Overrides Trump Veto of Defense Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress on Friday overrode President Donald Trump's veto of a defense policy bill, a first by lawmakers... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress on Friday overrode President Donald Trump's veto of a defense policy bill, a first by lawmakers since he took office nearly four years ago, ensuring that the measure becomes law despite Trump's rejection. In an extraordinary... Read More

2020-12-30 18:56:25
by Reece Nations
Biden Announces New Department of Defense Nominees

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden announced Kathleen Hicks and Colin Kahl as his nominees for deputy secretary of defense and... Read More

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden announced Kathleen Hicks and Colin Kahl as his nominees for deputy secretary of defense and under secretary of defense for policy on Wednesday.  If confirmed to the positions, they are slated to join Secretary of... Read More

2020-12-23 21:01:48
by Dan McCue
Trump Defies Congress, Vetoes $740 Billion Defense Bill

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump made good on a threat Wednesday, vetoing the $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act. Congress... Read More

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump made good on a threat Wednesday, vetoing the $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act. Congress passed the fiscal year 2021 defense spending plan earlier this month with more than the two-thirds majority needed in both... Read More

Trump’s Veto Threat on Defense Bill Tests Republican Loyalty

WASHINGTON — A Senate vote on overriding President Donald Trump’s expected veto of a massive defense bill may prove to... Read More

WASHINGTON — A Senate vote on overriding President Donald Trump’s expected veto of a massive defense bill may prove to be a final test of the Republican party’s loyalty to the commander-in-chief. Sen. Jim Inhofe, the Republican chairman of the... Read More

Trump Must Decide Before Christmas Whether to Sign or Veto Massive Defense Bill

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, who has threatened to veto the fiscal 2021 defense authorization bill, has until Dec. 23... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, who has threatened to veto the fiscal 2021 defense authorization bill, has until Dec. 23 to either do so or sign it into law, congressional aides said Monday. The Senate cleared the $731.6 billion measure... Read More

2020-12-14 14:53:32
by Reece Nations
Cato Institute Forum Examines Implications of Space Force’s Formation

In a virtually-hosted policy analysis presented by the Cato Institute, a panel of experts explored whether the creation of the... Read More

In a virtually-hosted policy analysis presented by the Cato Institute, a panel of experts explored whether the creation of the United States Space Force was ahead of its time.  The Dec. 8 panel featured University of Kentucky senior lecturer Robert... Read More

Trump Says He Will Veto Defense Spending Bill Approved by Congress

President Donald Trump repeated his threat to veto the U.S. defense spending bill that last week won enough bipartisan support... Read More

President Donald Trump repeated his threat to veto the U.S. defense spending bill that last week won enough bipartisan support in Congress to easily overturn his opposition. “THE BIGGEST WINNER OF OUR NEW DEFENSE BILL IS CHINA!. I WILL VETO!”... Read More

2020-12-11 21:15:29
by Dan McCue
Senate Overwhelmingly Approves National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON - The Senate, as expected, overwhelming endorsed a $740 billion national defense policy bill Friday, sending the measure on... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Senate, as expected, overwhelming endorsed a $740 billion national defense policy bill Friday, sending the measure on to the White House where president Trump threatened to veto it. Ignoring those threats, the Senate voted 84-12 in favor... Read More

2020-12-10 18:49:16
by Dan McCue
IAVA Celebrates Senate Passage of Landmark Women Veterans Legislation

WASHINGTON - The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America on Thursday cheered Senate passage of the Deborah Sampson Act, which... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America on Thursday cheered Senate passage of the Deborah Sampson Act, which directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to carry out the three-year pilot program to assess how best to provide assistance... Read More

2020-12-10 16:11:39
by Tom Ramstack
Lawmakers Seek Changes to Resolve Problems at Fort Hood, Texas

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress sought assurances from investigators Wednesday that the kind of behavioral and criminal offenses that have... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress sought assurances from investigators Wednesday that the kind of behavioral and criminal offenses that have plagued Fort Hood, Texas, in recent years can be brought to an end. By the end of the congressional hearing,... Read More

House Adopts Defense Conference Report as Veto Threat Looms

WASHINGTON — The House voted 335-78 on Tuesday to adopt a final version of the $731.6 billion defense authorization measure, setting up a... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House voted 335-78 on Tuesday to adopt a final version of the $731.6 billion defense authorization measure, setting up a possible end-of-year showdown as President Donald Trump has vowed to veto the legislation. House leaders have said they would cut the upcoming... Read More

2020-12-08 19:27:25
by Reece Nations
Congress Expected to Pass NDAA Without Provision for Space Force Reserve, National Guard

WASHINGTON — Although expected to pass with bicameral and bipartisan support, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021... Read More

WASHINGTON — Although expected to pass with bicameral and bipartisan support, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 is unlikely to contain provisions that would integrate a reserve component or National Guard for the United States Space Force.... Read More

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