January 24, 2021

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Timeline on Vote for New DefSec Unclear

Timeline

The Senate Armed Services Committee is planning a confirmation hearing at 3 pm Jan. 19 for GEN Lloyd Austin, the Biden administration’s choice for secretary of defense. A timeline for any vote has not yet been established.

Rural Areas Appealing to More Workers

Rural

Recent polls indicate that many Americans in urban areas working from home would consider moving to rural areas. But internet availability could affect a decision to move.

Navy Running Short on Fighter Pilots

Defense Trade

Technical and safety problems have left the US Navy short by about 90 fighter pilots. That’s the message from naval air training chief RADM Robert Westendorff, speaking at a virtual Tailhook symposium.

Report Highlights China’s Push for Military Dominance

China

A newly released report says China’s military is pushing ahead of the US. The “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China” reveals China has progressed in areas such as shipbuilding, missile defense, and ballistic and cruise missile construction. The People’s Liberation Army is an “increasingly modern and flexible force,” according to the report.

Bill Would Create Medal of Honor Monument

Medal of Honor

A bipartisan bill in the US Senate — the National Medal of Honor Monument Act — would create a monument to honor the more than 3,500 medal recipients who have performed extraordinary valor in combat.

Report: Where Federal Defense Dollars Are Spent

Federal Defense Dollars

A Pew Charitable Trusts report on where federal defense dollars are spent shows Pentagon contract spending puts Connecticut at No. 1 by one measure: defense contracts as a percentage of spending. Maryland was 21st on the list. In FY2018, the federal government spent a total of $579 billion on defense in the states and DC, or $1,772 per capita. In Maryland, the per capita spending was $2,955.

JobZone Expands Virtual Job Fair: Richmond to Springfield

virtual job fair

Register here for JobZone’s VIRTUAL JOB FAIR. Primary focus in Virginia includes Fort Lee, Richmond, Fredericksburg, Stafford, Quantico, Springfield, and Fort Belvoir: Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

House Partisanship Draws Government Closer to Shut-down

Partisanship drags US toward closure while one Democrat and two Republican governors ally to strengthen their chances for an FAA drone designation..