Department of Defense

  As the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel marks up this Thursday, April 23 and the full committee on April 29, NGAUS members will be watching very closely to see if the committee includes the retirement recommendations from the Commission on Military Compensation and Retirement... Read more
Washington Report (April 14, 2015) Congress has returned to the nation's capital and work is expected to begin again on the defense bills. Military Times says service members should not expect to see recommendations from the panel on compensation included in the budget. Also, a pay raise of 1.3... Read more
Washington Report (April 14, 2015) The Air Force will have little data on which to base its decision regarding the production of the KC-46 aerial refueling aircraft. Boeing, the airplane's builder, will have only three months of flight testing of the airplane before the service is to decide in... Read more
Washington Report (April 14, 2015) Defense Secretary Ash Carter has suggested that cyber could become its own service branch. Military Times says the secretary's remarks at U.S. Cyber Command headquarters in Maryland recently "raised eyebrows." "There may come a time when that makes sense," Carter... Read more
Washington Report (April 14, 2015) The United States remains the world's leader in defense spending despite a drop of 20 percent since 2010, according to a report released Monday from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Meanwhile, China, Russia and Saudi Arabia have significantly... Read more
Washington Report (April 7, 2015) The National Guard Bureau plans to deactivate two attack reconnaissance battalions to comply with reforms outlined in the Army's aviation restructure initiative. The Bureau announced in an April 1 memo it will deactivate Pennsylvania's 1st Battalion, 104th Aviation... Read more
Washington Report (April 7, 2015) A study released last week found that duty in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq does not add to the risk of suicide. In fact, it found that military members who leave the service before the end of their first enlistments are most at risk. The study by the... Read more
Washington Report (April 7, 2015) Brad Carson, most recently the undersecretary of the Army, has been chosen by President Barack Obama to lead the Pentagon's personnel shop. According to Military Times, Carson will become acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. The position is... Read more
Washington Report (April 7, 2015) The undersecretary of the Army said last week combat brigades in the Army National Guard are "not one-for-one substitutes" for those in the active component. Brad Carson, who this week was named acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, was... Read more
Washington Report (April 7, 2015) Army officials are changing the service's tattoo policy, and under the new guidelines soldiers will be allowed to have ink on their legs and arms. Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, made the announcement last week at a conference in Huntsville, Ala.... Read more

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