Policies and politics affecting military programs

Navy’s Acting No. 2 Forced Out on Sexual Misconduct Allegations

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Navy’s Acting No. 2 Forced Out on Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Even as the nominee for the undersecretary of the Navy faces a hold for stance on sexual assault, acting No. 2 forced to resign.

Bill Shrinks Pentagon’s R&D Budget by $7 Billion

By Michael Hoffman on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Bill Shrinks Pentagon’s R&D Budget by $7 Billion

Pentagon procurement coffers will shrink in 2014 as Congress reduced the military’s procurement budget by $8 billion over 2013.

Lawmaker: ‘Expedite Bill to Kill COLA Adjustment’

By Bryant Jordan on Friday, January 10th, 2014

Lawmaker: ‘Expedite Bill to Kill COLA Adjustment’

It may not be until spring before any action takes place on efforts to restore full cost-of-living adjustments to the pay of working age military retirees.

Rooney Nomination As Navy No. 2 Clears Hurdle

By Richard Sisk on Friday, January 10th, 2014

Rooney Nomination As Navy No. 2 Clears Hurdle

Senate Armed Services Committee approves Rooney despite the hold placed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand over sexual assault prosecution concerns.

Guard Chief: Active and Guard Are Interchangeable

By Matthew Cox on Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Guard Chief: Active and Guard Are Interchangeable

The chief of the National Guard warned against cutting his force too drastically, arguing that the Pentagon needs the Guard now more than it ever did prior to 9–11.

Levin Backs Apaches for Iraq – With Limits

By Richard Sisk on Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Levin Backs Apaches for Iraq – With Limits

Senate Armed Services Committee chair supports sending Apaches to Iraq to help quell increase in violence.

Five Takeaways from Gates’ Tell-All Memoir

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Five Takeaways from Gates’ Tell-All Memoir

The former defense secretary’s new book contains scathing rebukes of Congress and the White House, many of which are aimed at the Obama administration.

BAE, Airbus Tap New U.S. Executives

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

BAE, Airbus Tap New U.S. Executives

BAE’s Linda Hudson, the first woman to head a major U.S. defense contractor, is retiring and Airbus’ Sean O’Keefe is stepping down due to medical issues.

‘School’ Gets $7 Million Deal for F-35 Work

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

‘School’ Gets $7 Million Deal for F-35 Work

The company started out as a day care in the late 1980s and later expanded into commercial and federal construction — doing business as Creative Times Inc.

New Joint Security Cooperation Comm System Going Live

By Bryant Jordan on Monday, January 6th, 2014

New Joint Security Cooperation Comm System Going Live

The Joint Global Theater Security Cooperation Management Information System is set to go live, according to a Pentagon release.

Reports: Kerry Would Put US Troops in Palestine

By Bryant Jordan on Monday, December 30th, 2013

Reports: Kerry Would Put US Troops in Palestine

The State Department is not commenting on reportsof a final peace deal between Israel and a Palestinian state that would have American troops pulling security in the Jordan Valley.

Report Investigates Defense Lobbyists’ Investments

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, December 27th, 2013

Report Investigates Defense Lobbyists’ Investments

Since 2006, almost 150 lobbyists or other professionals who seek to influence government policy “had investments that overlapped with their lobbying duties,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

Iraq to Buy Hellfire Missiles, ScanEagle Drones

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Iraq to Buy Hellfire Missiles, ScanEagle Drones

The delivery comes amid rising violence in Iraq. On Christmas day alone, bombings killed more than two dozen people in Christian areas of Baghdad.

Obama Peace Appeal to South Sudan

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Obama Peace Appeal to South Sudan

President warns of the spiraling violence in South Sudan and the possibilities of increased action from the U.S. on Christmas Eve.

Marines First Service to Complete Budget Audit

By Michael Hoffman on Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Marines First Service to Complete Budget Audit

Despite progress by the Corps, still a lot of work to be done to meet the 2017 Pentagon audit deadline.

More Heads To Roll In ‘Fat Leonard’ Navy Scandal

By Richard Sisk on Friday, December 20th, 2013

More Heads To Roll In ‘Fat Leonard’ Navy Scandal

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said he expects more disclosures of wrongdoing to come out of what is now known as the ‘Fat Leonard’ case involving Navy port contracting.

Ospreys and F-35s on Japan’s $240B Shopping List

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Ospreys and F-35s on Japan’s $240B Shopping List

Japan unveiled its first national defense strategy which includes a significant buy of U.S. weaponry as tensions rise with China.

House Votes to Trim Pentagon Cuts, Pensions

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, December 12th, 2013

House Votes to Trim Pentagon Cuts, Pensions

The Pentagon would receive about $31 billion in sequestration relief over two years, including $22 billion in 2014 and $9 billion in 2015, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Call Made to Congress for China War Plan

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Call Made to Congress for China War Plan

Defense analysts warn Congress that U.S. might not be taking Chinese threats seriously enough in light of recent air defense zone.

Ohio Study to Guide Air Force UAS Flights over U.S.

By Matthew Cox on Monday, December 9th, 2013

Ohio Study to Guide Air Force UAS Flights over U.S.

Next year, the state of Ohio will complete a study designed to help the Air Force figure out its plan for flying unmanned aerial systems inside U.S. airspace.

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