Sexual Assault in the Military Subject of Congressional Hearing
Congress
Sexual Assault in the Military Subject of Congressional Hearing
2021-07-21 12:59:13
by Alexa Hornbeck

The Subcommittee on Military Personnel held a hearing recently to discuss a new set of recommendations to better address sexual assault in the military. “The toll that sexual assault and sexual harassment has taken on our military is devastating and... Read More

Pentagon Cancels Disputed JEDI Cloud Contract with Microsoft
Technology
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 worth $10 billion. It will instead pursue a deal with both Microsoft and Amazon and possibly other cloud service providers.... Read More

Stress, Loneliness Top Issues for Military Spouses
Defense
Stress, Loneliness Top Issues for Military Spouses
2021-07-06 18:44:38
by Dan McCue

Spouses of military reservists feel they are healthy and financially comfortable, but more of them complained of stress and loneliness in a survey released Tuesday by the Department of Defense. The survey of Reserve Component Spouses is conducted every two... Read More

Pentagon Redirects Border Wall Funds To Defense Projects
Military
Pentagon Redirects Border Wall Funds To Defense Projects
2021-06-17 14:28:46
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- The U.S. Department of Defense has released its plan for the nearly $2.2 billion in funds that were redirected for the border wall under the Trump administration. The money will go to a broad set of improvements related to... Read More

Defense Department Officials Bemoan Increasingly Sophisticated Cyberattacks
Cybersecurity
Defense Department Officials Bemoan Increasingly Sophisticated Cyberattacks
2021-05-19 14:21:38
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Defense Department officials described a bleak outlook for cybersecurity to a Senate panel Tuesday as a report of another huge Internet scam emerged from a new government report. However, they also said they are becoming increasingly sophisticated in... Read More

US Cybersecurity Workforce Needed Quickly
Cybersecurity
US Cybersecurity Workforce Needed Quickly
2021-04-22 15:51:15
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - As Congress continues to worry about the nation’s cybersecurity, a key high-ranking military witness during a Senate hearing Wednesday said he was “concerned about the pace” of building an adequate cybersecurity workforce.  When Congress tasked the Department of... Read More

Reversing Trump, Pentagon Releases New Transgender Policies
Military
Reversing Trump, Pentagon Releases New Transgender Policies

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Wednesday swept away Trump-era policies that largely banned transgender people from serving in the military, issuing new rules that offer them wider access to medical care and assistance with gender transition. The new department... Read More

New Defense Chief Urges Taliban to Curtail Attacks
Geopolitics
New Defense Chief Urges Taliban to Curtail Attacks
2021-02-19 22:51:09
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - In his first press conference as Pentagon chief, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, said an end to U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan depends entirely on the Taliban reducing attacks on NATO forces. “Clearly the violence is too high right... Read More

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

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

Top Military Leaders Remind Troops of Limits of Free Speech
Pentagon
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 all service members Tuesday that the deadly insurrection at the Capitol last week was an anti-democratic, criminal act, and that... 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

Reps. Murphy, Katko Feature Lt. Gen McMaster in Latest National Security Expert Briefing
National Security
Reps. Murphy, Katko Feature Lt. Gen McMaster in Latest National Security Expert Briefing
2020-12-17 18:28:13
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — In the fourth session of their ongoing virtual national security briefing series entitled “National Security in the Shadow of COVID-19,” Reps. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., and John Katko, R-N.Y., hosted retired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to discuss how the... Read More

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

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
Pentagon
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 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

Senior Pentagon Official Resigns as Trump Remakes Leadership
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

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

US Remembers 9/11 as Pandemic Changes Tribute Traditions
In The News
US Remembers 9/11 as Pandemic Changes Tribute Traditions

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans commemorated 9/11 Friday as a new national crisis — the coronavirus pandemic — reconfigured and divided anniversary ceremonies and a presidential campaign carved a path through the observances. In New York, victims' relatives gathered Friday... Read More

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

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

Armed Services Panel Cancels Hearing for Controversial Pentagon Nominee
U.S. Senate
Armed Services Panel Cancels Hearing for Controversial Pentagon Nominee

WASHINGTON — The Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday canceled at the last minute the nomination hearing for Anthony J. Tata, President Donald Trump’s controversial pick to be the Pentagon’s policy chief. Tata, a retired Army brigadier general and regular... 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

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

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

U.S. Government’s Most Experienced Watchdog Steps Down
Oversight
U.S. Government’s Most Experienced Watchdog Steps Down

WASHINGTON — Glenn Fine, a top official in the Pentagon inspector general’s office, stepped down Tuesday in the latest installment of a recent drama over internal oversight in the Trump administration. Fine, who is one of five inspectors general to... 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

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 Says US Injury Count From Iran Strike Rises to 64
Military
Pentagon Says US Injury Count From Iran Strike Rises to 64

WASHINGTON — At least 64 U.S. military personnel in Iraq suffered brain trauma in an Iranian missile attack launched in retaliation after President Donald Trump ordered the killing of an Iranian general. The 64 service members — 14 more than... 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

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