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The Defense Department has a "higher expectation" of deployability by its forces, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said yesterday. ... DoD's office of personnel and readiness has "come out with a policy that if you're not deployable for a year or more, you're going to have to go somewhere else," he said.
(CNN) There is growing concern within the US military about the costs of President Donald Trump's proposed military parade and the disruption it could ... According to the official, one indicator of the Pentagon's lack of enthusiasm for the project is that the Defense Department told the army to include a ...

As part of the new strategy, the Pentagon expanded combat authorities, allowing U.S. forces to conduct offensive operations against the Taliban, rather ... A government watchdog agency is questioning the Defense Department's drug lab bombing campaign against the Taliban financial network this winter.
Thousands of Service Members' jobs at Risk Under New Pentagon Policy ... The Under Secretary of Defense for personnel and readiness, Robert Wilkie told senators 13 percent to 14 percent of service members -- about 286,000 to 300,000 -- are medically ineligible to deploy on any given day, according ...
The Defense Department has released a new policy on military retention for nondeployable service members as it seeks to provide more ready and ... mandatory processing of nondeployable service members, Patricia Mulcahy, the director of DoD's officer and enlisted personnel management office, said.

the Pentagon on Wednesday released its new policy on military lethality, which will begin separation procedures for service members who have been ... "This new policy is a 12-month deploy or be removed policy," Robert Wilkie, the Under Secretary of Defense for personnel and readiness, told a Senate ...
Raymond Thomas, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command. 11 a.m. Pentagon Briefing Room Air Force Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, briefs the media live by video feed. Streamed live on 12 noon.
The Defense Department rolled out the biggest budget request in its history Monday, seeking $686 billion for fiscal 2019. Pentagon officials say the blueprint is tied directly to the National Defense strategy it rolled out last month, and lets the military start filling gaps in manpower and capabilities that they ...
army Lt. Gen. Anthony Ierardi, the Joint Staff's director of force structure, resources and assessment, and Defense Department comptroller David L. Norquist, discuss the president's fiscal 2019 defense budget request during a news conference at the Pentagon, Feb. 12, 2018. DoD photo by Jim Garamone.
Fort Hood officials have not yet implemented the harassment policy, which asks each DoD component head "to provide an implementation plan outlining steps and milestones in order to ... The policy issued today brings us one step closer to eliminating these behaviors from the Department of Defense.
The budget bill that President Donald Trump signed Friday includes huge spending increases for the military: the Pentagon will get $94 billion more this budget .... from underground silos in Alaska in the event the U.S. decided to try to shoot down a North Korean missile heading toward the United States.
... the Defense Department still can't close its books. the Pentagon kicked off its first-ever departmentwide audit in December for fiscal 2017, and lawmakers are paying close attention to how it goes. Without a doubt, the audit will be one of the most daunting tasks the DoD back-office personnel and systems ...
(CNN) Since an ex-US airman shot more than two dozen people in a Texas church in November, the US military has added more than 4,000 names to the nation's list of dishonorably discharged military personnel banned from owning firearms -- a sign of what has been a massive hole in the nation's gun ...
... Happened Next Is a Mystery. A report by the Defense Department's inspector general raises questions about a combatant command with a history of scandals. ... There was the investigation of the two-star commander of US Army Africa who allegedly sent racy texts to an enlisted man's wife. There was the ...
And while the U.S.-led coalition mission hasn't changed and ISIS is on the run, work remains to be done, she said. "The military goal is to defeat ISIS in Syria," White said. "Our position is to provide our diplomats with the strongest positions so that they can find a political, a diplomatic solution through the ...
the Pentagon put military members on notice Thursday it has a tough new policy to deal with bullying and harassment. ... The announcement follows reports about the growing problem of sexual harassment in the military as well as inappropriate online misconduct by U.S. military personnel, including a ...

Washington (CNN) The US Air Force Academy mismanaged its sexual assault prevention and response program during the 2017 academic year and failed ... occurred at the US military Academy following a change in reporting policy and the relocation of its victim assistance office," according to the DOD.
As continued operations overseas have stressed the military, the Pentagon has begun to target that 11 percent to either get deployable, or get out. ... Defense Department officials could not provide the number of injured personnel who have been on non-deployable status for the past 12 consecutive months ...
The DoD is already reviewing the use of smartphones and other electronic devices on military bases worldwide. The reviews follow heightened national security concerns about cellphones and other personal electronic devices used by U.S. troops. A recent report disclosed some fitness devices can ...
All DoD personnel go through annual training on information security. The training urges service members and DoD civilians to limit profiles on the internet, including personal social media accounts, Manning said. "Furthermore, operational security requirements provide further guidance for military ...
An 11-page summary of the strategy is available on the Defense Department's website. Shanahan said he wants the more than 2 million members of DoD to be in alignment with the strategy to create a powerful impetus to making the joint force more lethal, helping DoD to strengthen old alliances and build ...
The United States and Vietnam are "like-minded partners" that have a forward-looking relationship, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said today as he ... close support to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency mission in Hanoi, White said, as it works to recover U.S. personnel missing from the war.
The Defense Officer Personnel Management Act of 1980 has served the military well, but it needs to change to meet the changing environment, service personnel chiefs told a Senate Armed Services Subcommittee yesterday. The law was passed in a far different time and it standardized officer promotions ...
A government watchdog has found that the United States military provided assistance to Afghan security force units implicated in human rights abuses .... American forces invaded Afghanistan in 2001, but according to the Defense Department's inspector general report, U.S. military personnel "may not have ...
A DMDC quarterly update for September of 2017 revealed an apparent three-fold increase in U.S. military personnel deployed to fight ISIS in Syria as part of Operation Inherent Resolve (or OIR, the DoD's name for the military intervention against ISIS in Iraq and Syria). Following that update, a Pentagon ...
When given an opportunity to respond to SIGAR's report, DoD said U.S. Forces Afghanistan's Legal Office provides weekly training to all newly-arriving military personnel, government employees, and contractors, but that the department will "reinforce the importance of training on human rights abuse ...
the Pentagon Should Adjust Standards for Cyber soldiers -- As It Has Always Done ... In addition to a $40,000 signing bonus for cyber personnel, the U.S. Army has also offered a direct commissioning program for those willing to serve in .... His views are his own and not those of the Defense Department.
Unlike most federal workers and members of the military, whose pay must be appropriated annually, the salaries of House and Senate members are permanently authorized in the U.S. Constitution. With respect to the military, an U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) memo issued on 18 January and signed ...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Defense's (DoD) Office of Health Affairs announced today the launch of a joint program to prioritize the efficient development of safe and effective medical products intended to save the lives of American military personnel. "The FDA is fully ...
the Pentagon has no figures on how many transgender people have approached recruiters about joining since Jan. 1, said army Maj. Dave Eastburn, a Defense Department spokesman. It generally takes several weeks from first contact with a recruiter to signing a contract and officially joining the military.
Next month, at army posts across the United States, more than 1,000 reserve soldiers will practice how to set up so-called mobilization centers that move military forces overseas in a hurry. And beginning next month with the Winter Olympics in the South Korean town of Pyeongchang, the Pentagon plans to ...
The command has deflected questions about the killing in Mali, offered murky and shifting explanations of the attack in Niger, and cleared U.S. personnel of wrongdoing in Somalia before launching a new investigation into the killings. All of this comes as the Defense Department as a whole has become ...
Buried in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is an obscure, and quite significant, change to the post-employment restriction on U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) civilian and uniformed personnel. This new provision could have a substantial impact on defense contractors and others who ...
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2018 -- Combating human trafficking is a responsibility the Defense Department takes very seriously, Anthony M. Kurta, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for military personnel policy, said today. Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, he added. "It not only destroys the lives of those victimized, ...
the Pentagon has rejected Russian insinuations that U.S. forces were involved in recent drone attacks against Russia's air base and its naval facility in ... More than 40 Russian military personnel died in Syria since Moscow launched a campaign of air strikes in September 2015, in many cases using ...
Trump is seeking to fulfill a 2016 election campaign promise to create jobs in the United States by selling more goods and services abroad to bring down the US trade deficit from a six-year high of $50 billion. The administration is also under pressure from US defense contractors facing growing competition ...
The perception among DoD personnel was that contractors could unfairly impede timely awards with bid protests because: (1) contractors could file protests ... the rand study's quantitative analysis compiled procurement and bid protest data from the government Accountability Office (GAO), U.S. Court of ...
The U.S. military is facing a host of challenges as it seeks to cultivate and expand cyber operations in the new year. ... "The elevation of United States Cyber Command demonstrates our increased resolve against cyberspace threats and will help reassure our allies and partners and deter our adversaries," ...
The spokesman said the United States would continue conversations in private with the Pakistani government. Pakistan maintains that it is fighting the biggest war on terror in the world sacrificing the lives of tens of thousands of civilians and armed personnel with huge losses to the economy to the tune of ...
Sexual assault in the armed forces has long been a massive problem, with personnel reporting more than 20,000 allegations of sexual assault at ... Washington: A group of active and retired US troops gathered in freezing temperatures outside the Pentagon today to bring attention to sexual assault and ...
U.S. Army Capt. Daniel W. Eggers, 28, dIED May 29, 2004, near Kandahar, Afghanistan, when the vehicle he was riding in hit an IED. Three other personnel with him - Spc. Joseph A. Jeffries, Sgt. 1st Class Robert J. Morgensen and navy Petty Officer 1st Class Brian J. Ouellette - were also killed. In 1998 ...
The Defense Department detected nearly 100 unauthorized drones flying near the Pentagon over a two-month period last year, according to officials involved ... U.S. personnel deployed to Iraq last year armed themselves with anti-drone weapons to guard against Islamic State militants who used remotely ...
Starting today, transgender individuals may openly join the U.S. military, this despite stiff opposition from President Trump, who tweeted last July that he .... While this represents just a sliver of the Pentagon's personnel, and its nearly $600 billion annual budget, for retired Marine Colonel Gary Anderson, his ...
That U.S. military personnel even have a name for them is just one of the surprises in a stunning article in the New York Times reported by Helene Cooper, ... that he had, in fact, requested and surreptitiously inserted funding for the super-secret program into the Defense Department's (DoD) budget in 2007.
Newly-released video captured by U.S. Navy pilots offers an inside look at a secretive government program that investigated unidentified flying objects, or UFOs. The Defense Department says it ended the Advanced aviation Threat Identification Program in 2012 over funding issues. But a Pentagon ...
the Pentagon acknowledged in a statement that it has no good way to track how many servicemembers are stationed overseas, where they are and when they were there. "There is no one personnel system in the [Defense Department] that tracks the daily location of all DoD personnel. There is no easy ...
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity ... 7, 2017 -- The Defense Department is starting the first agencywide financial audit in its history, Pentagon officials announced today. ... military personnel will continue to report for duty to ensure the safety of the United States and its citizens, he said.
WASHINGTON -- The U. S. military has more than 44,000 troops across the globe that the Pentagon claims it cannot track, according to a recent report. "We are not at a ... "There is no one personnel system in the [Defense Department] that tracks the daily location of all DoD personnel. There is no easy way ...
Unfortunately, like most federal agencies, the Defense Department has enough recent experience with government shutdowns that preparing for the ... exception not just for overseas locations, but for "remote U.S. locations where no other sources of food are reasonably available for military personnel.".


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