July 17, 2019

Congress Hears Testimony on Military Base Water Contamination

clean water

Congress hears testimony today from DoD’s deputy assistant secretary of defense for environment about water contamination on military bases. Also testifying is a former Army reservist with at least 16 relatives near Colorado Springs’ Air Force and Army installations diagnosed with cancer.

National Guard to Remain at US-Mexico Border Another Year

US-Mexico Border

Up to 4,000 National Guard personnel are authorized to remain on the US-Mexico border for another year, although funding for the extended mission remains unclear.

McConnell Says, “Russians Are Not Our Friends”

McConnell

Senate Majority Leader notes alleged meddling in US and European elections and the 2014 annexation of Crimea, saying, “The Russians are not our friends … [they] are acting like the old Soviet Union used to act,”

Trump Calls for 6th Branch — Space Force

space force

President Donald Trump directed DoD to establish a military space force to add a sixth branch of the military.

National Guard Begins Deployment at Border

National Guard

National Guard troops are being deployed to the US border with Mexico. DefSec Jim Mattis has specified that the Guard will assist the Department of Homeland Security but not perform law enforcement missions and will be armed only when necessary for self-defense.

Is Cybersecurity the National Guard’s Job?

cybersecurity national guard

Facing testimony of ongoing Russian tampering, including via use of social media and other online propaganda methods, including states’ electoral integrity in the upcoming midterm elections, a Senate Arms Services subcommittee discussed moving the US’s cybersecurity responsibilities to the National Guard.

Quarter-Million in Uniform Overseas for the Holidays

Joint Chiefs of Staff Dempsey reminds Americans of the hundreds of thousands of service members and civilians workers who do not take holidays off from the job of keeping us safe.

Webster Field Staff Aid in National Disasters

Communications trucks outfitted and updated at St. Inigoes’ Webster Field are called into action for emergencies around the country.

Restored DoD Funds to Reduce Civilian Furlough Days

The president, some senators and the Pentagon push for military budget relief and the first pilot to break the sound barrier suggests a less expensive aircraft.

Second X-47B Takes Flight

UCAS program gets a second test vehicle.