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Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., the Joint Staff director, said on Thursday of the Syrian government. He said ... Nikki R. Haley, the American ambassador to the United Nations, also told the Security Council on Saturday that the United States is “confident that we have crippled Syria's chemical weapons program.”.
Rather than another request this year to authorize a new round of base realignments and closures, Niemeyer said, the Defense Department is reviewing the use of its facilities. “For instance, we must ensure the facilities that were sized for 100 personnel actually have 100 personnel in them. We also have ...

Two bills aimed at improving acquisition and downsizing the 28 offices in the Defense Department's so-called “4th Estate”—its human resources, procurement ... Agency would also be doomed, with its functions and some personnel from the Defense Information Network transferred to U.S. Cyber Command.
National Guard troops are deploying to the U.S. border with Mexico to work in support functions for the Department of Homeland Security, including in ... The Defense Department will provide DHS with up to 4,000 National Guard troops to support the April 4 presidential memorandum authorizing the ...
House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry wants to take an ax to seven Defense Department agencies as part of a broader cut to save least $25 billion to reinvest back into the Pentagon. The plan cuts DoD's so-called “Fourth Estate” by 25 percent by 2021. The Fourth Estate is comprised of 28 ...
An assessment of performance of functions being performed by federal civilian and service contractor personnel at six military installations, with four being in the continental United States and two being outside the continental United States. GAO believes that DOD addressed this requirement because it ...

GAO analyzed military service personnel data, documentation on service initiatives to address factors contributing to fighter pilot shortages, and service documentation of requirements; met with a non-generalizable sample of fighter pilots at seven locations; and interviewed DOD and service officials.
KAYLA BREEN/STAFF PHOTOCongresswoman Elise Stefanik speaks to members of the Plattsburgh Rotary Club during a weekly meeting in the Butcher ... Elise M. Stefanik said President Donald J. Trump's proposed southern border wall will not be funded with money by the U.S. Department of Defense.
President Donald J. Trump said today he is looking at using the military to secure the border between the United States and Mexico. “Until we can ... In 1989, DoD formed Joint Task Force 6, aimed at aiding border security along the Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California borders with Mexico. The task ...
As the Pentagon puts more pressure on its all-volunteer force, it's finding a disconnect between the people it wants and the people it has in its ranks. The next generation warfighter must have a set of skills that prioritize intelligence over brute strength and combat experience as well as cybersecurity and ...
The Department of Defense (DOD) revised its foreign currency exchange rates (“budget rates”) during fiscal years 2014 through 2016 for each of the nine foreign currencies it uses to develop its Operation and Maintenance (O&M) and Military Personnel (MILPERS) budget request. These revisions ...
Hyten oversees nearly 184,000 military and civilian personnel as head of U.S. Strategic Command in Omaha, Nebraska. ... U.S. Air Force Gen. John Hyten testifies March 20 before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Credit: DoD/EJ Hersom. How do you see the 'space force' debate going from here?
On Monday, the DoD announced it was expanding its bug bounty program to include the agency's massive Defense Travel System. The “Hack ... U.S. government active military members and contractor personnel are also eligible to participate but are not eligible for financial rewards, said the DoD. The bug ...
DoD and the Joint Staff recently instituted a Women, Peace and Security Synchronization Group. This group, consisting of representatives from the combatant commands, military services, regional centers and professional military education institutions, as well as DoD and Joint Staff leaders, meets monthly ...
Though previous Defense Department personnel reports in the region hadn't mentioned a Pentagon contractor presence in Syria, the US Department of Labor acknowledged in a report last year that two contractors were killed and six injured in fiscal year 2017. The Pentagon numbers don't represent ...
The commanders of the U.S. Special Operations Command feel comfortably ahead of the curve regarding the shifting priorities of the new national defense strategy. They agree that the new focus on near-peer adversaries like China and Russia, and the technologies and innovations that will allow the U.S. ...
But Trump's suggestion then that the U.S. could leave "very soon" seemed to catch spokespeople at the Pentagon and State Department off guard. A Pentagon spokesperson referred questions about the president's comment to the White House. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said she ...

In November, the Pentagon approved a gender-reassignment surgery for an active-duty member of the military. That surgery came three months after Mr. Trump tweeted that “the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”.
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 ...


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