Biden Terminates Diversion of Funds for Construction of Border Wall
White House
Biden Terminates Diversion of Funds for Construction of Border Wall
2021-05-03 20:49:49
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- The Biden administration has begun the process of canceling all sections of the border wall that were funded by money diverted from military projects, in relation to a federal walk back of one of the Trump administration's principal policy... Read More

Defense Department Seeks Comments on Supply Chain Risks for Critical Materials
Defense
Defense Department Seeks Comments on Supply Chain Risks for Critical Materials
2021-04-15 17:52:43
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is seeking comments on risks to the supply chain for strategic and critical materials. In February, President Joe Biden signed an executive order directing the Defense Department and three other federal agencies to closely examine... Read More

Murphy Sets Sights On China’s Influence Campaign in Latin America, Caribbean
Geopolitics
Murphy Sets Sights On China’s Influence Campaign in Latin America, Caribbean
2021-04-13 18:08:33
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., is pressing for a comprehensive assessment of China’s efforts to expand its presence and influence in Latin America and the Caribbean and how these efforts could undermine American interests. Under the auspices of a... Read More

Green, Cuellar Seek DoD Report on Allied Burden Sharing
In The News
Green, Cuellar Seek DoD Report on Allied Burden Sharing
2021-03-15 19:47:09
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Reps. Mark Green, R-Tenn., and Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, want the Defense Department to provide Congress with a report on the common defense contributions of NATO countries and other allies. Toward that end, they've introduced the Allied Burden Sharing... Read More

Defense and Homeland Discuss Priorities for Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity
Defense and Homeland Discuss Priorities for Cybersecurity
2021-02-05 19:58:29
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Dramatic changes in the workforce and service delivery have posed unique security challenges over the last year. Evolving technologies are accommodating training and remote work, but new cybersecurity threats continue to emerge.  In the last few years, directives... Read More

Tough Talk Between US and Iran Hints at Attack to Avenge General’s Death
Geopolitics
Tough Talk Between US and Iran Hints at Attack to Avenge General’s Death
2021-01-05 18:24:04
by Tom Ramstack

The U.S. Defense Department changed course Sunday and sent an aircraft carrier to stand ready off the coast of Iran as tensions escalate with the United States. The USS Nimitz was heading home last week after a 10-month deployment in... Read More

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

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

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

Bipartisan Coalition Leads Charge to Strengthen Partnerships with African Nations
Foreign Affairs
Bipartisan Coalition Leads Charge to Strengthen Partnerships with African Nations
2020-11-16 19:00:38
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – Reps. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., Anthony G. Brown, D-Md., Austin Scott, R-Ga., and Richard Hudson, R-N.C., have introduced the Africa Foreign Relations, International Cooperation, and Assistance Act, H.R. 8186, to enhance security and economic partnerships between the United States... 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

Big Data, Big Challenges. Will Big Government be Able to Handle it?
Technology
Big Data, Big Challenges. Will Big Government be Able to Handle it?
2020-09-24 21:18:21
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON -- Along with the rapid creation of data comes the complications of capitalizing on new capabilities for storing, computing, analyzing and visualizing the information. The Federal News Network convened a panel of top government data officials to discuss how... Read More

Trump to Require Government to Buy American When It Comes to 'Essential' Drugs
Prescription Drugs
Trump to Require Government to Buy American When It Comes to 'Essential' Drugs
2020-08-06 17:45:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday requiring the federal government to buy "essential" drugs from U.S. companies, a White House trade advisor said. “If we’ve learned anything from the China virus pandemic, it is that we... 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

Defense Secretary Defends Firing of Navy Captain Who Warned of Coronavirus Spread
Military
Defense Secretary Defends Firing of Navy Captain Who Warned of Coronavirus Spread

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday that he supported acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly’s decision to fire the Navy captain who wrote a letter to his superiors about his concerns of the coronavirus pandemic aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt. “I... 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

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

Brindisi Secures Key Victory for Upstate New York in Defense Bill
Employment
Brindisi Secures Key Victory for Upstate New York in Defense Bill
2019-12-13 15:04:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act means many things to many people, but to the residents of one region in Upstate New York, the massive spending bill means one thing: good-paying jobs for the foreseeable... Read More

Esper Ousts Navy Secretary in Trump SEAL Fallout
Military
Esper Ousts Navy Secretary in Trump SEAL Fallout

NEW YORK — Defense Secretary Mark Esper asked and received the resignation of Navy Secretary Richard Spencer on Sunday over his handling of the case of a Navy SEAL accused of war crimes in Iraq, the Pentagon said in a... Read More

Pentagon Report: US Pullout from Syria Strengthens Terrorists
Military
Pentagon Report: US Pullout from Syria Strengthens Terrorists

WASHINGTON — The sudden departure of most U.S. troops from northeastern Syria in early October has strengthened the Islamic State terrorist group in that country, despite the U.S. military’s recent killing of the group’s leader, according to a new Pentagon... 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

US Unleashes Military to Fight Fake News, Disinformation
In The News
US Unleashes Military to Fight Fake News, Disinformation

LONDON — Fake news and social media posts are such a threat to U.S. security that the Defense Department is launching a project to repel “large-scale, automated disinformation attacks,” as the top Republican in Congress blocks efforts to protect the... 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

Australia Could Play Bigger Role In Supplying U.S. Military With Rare Earth Minerals
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

Shanahan Withdraws From Consideration for Defense Secretary
In The News
Shanahan Withdraws From Consideration for Defense Secretary
2019-06-18 20:54:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan withdrew his nomination to lead the Pentagon Tuesday, his abrupt about face being announced via President Trump's Twitter account. "Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, who has done a wonderful job, has decided... Read More

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