March 30, 2020

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DoD Gets $738B of $1.3T Budget Bill

$1.3T Budget

$1.3T budget deal avoids a government shutdown giving $738B to defense and $632B for non-defense spending into the coming year.

Van Hollen Touts Provisions in NDAA for MD Military

The National Defense Authorization Act provides many provisions for Maryland’s military and veterans, according to Sen. Chris Van Hollen. Among them is authorization of $426 million for the National Security Agency at Fort Meade.

Will Leave Benefits Apply to All Fed Employees?

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The Capital Region delegation from the House of Representatives wants family and medical leave benefits to apply to all federal employees, not only to DoD.

Judge Halts Transfer of Milcon Funds to Border Wall

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A federal judge halts $3.6 billion diverted from military construction projects for 175 miles of a border wall, but leaves in place $2.5 billion transferred to the wall from DoD counter-drug operations.

US Weighing Options After Saudi Oil Attacks

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The Trump administration is weighing a range of options for retaliatory action against Iran after the weekend attacks on Saudi oil facilities.

DefSec Warns US Allies: Be Wary of China

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A warning from DefSec Mark Esper to US European allies: Be wary of China. It is beleived that Beijing seeks greater global influence by leveraging economic power and stealing technology.

Lt. Gen. Fick Takes Lead of F-35 Program

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Air Force Lt. Gen. Eric Fick assumed the watch from VADM Mat Winter as the program executive officer for the F-35 program in a ceremony last week in Washington, DC.

Turkey’s F-35 Purchase Blocked by NDAA

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The $716B defense authorization bill was signed earlier in the year than any NDAA for the past 40 years and also included a stall in the F-35 sale to Turkey and provided President Trump an opportunity to tout his Space Force.

$639B NDAA Increases Readiness, Base Infrastructure Budgets

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All service branches will see increases in readiness budgets if the Senate passes the $639.1 billion FY19 National Defense Authorization Act that passed and out of a conference committee this week. The conference summary notes $23.5 billion to sustain, repair and rebuild crumbling military buildings and other infrastructure.

Bases Considered for Migrant Children

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The Trump administration is evaluating military bases in Texas and Arkansas for their suitability as shelters for migrant children of families who have crossed the border illegally.