August 21, 2019

$738B for DoD Not Enough, Says GOP

DoD

The nearly $1.4 trillion spending plan — which would prevent a government shutdown this fall and do away with the final two years of budget caps known as sequestration — includes about $738 billion for DoD in FY2020, a 3 percent increase from current year levels.

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.

Navy Sees No Hacking in McCain Collision

McCain

Early information emerging about the Navy’s second collision of a warship with a merchant vessel suggests the destroyer USS John S. McCain lost steering just before the collision.

Budget Caps Good for Spending Discipline

Not all bad, experts say: statutory budget caps keep the brake on defense spending.

Good News for Contractors in Defense Bill

There’s a lot to like in the procurement reforms in the draft defense bill, even with concerns about some new workplace regulations.

McCain: Amp Up Defense Spending to Counter Threats

BRAC

Sen. John McCain says the US needs to spend much more on defense to counter rising threats worldwide.

Navy Pilots Face Second Low Promotion Year

navy officers

For a second year, Navy promotes fewer than 60% of in-zone aviation lieutenants, forcing an abrupt end of career for some officers.

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.

Chemical Weapons Ship Making Ready in Norfolk

No country will host the destruction of Syria’s most lethal chemical weapons, so the US is outfitting a commercial transport vessel to do the job at sea.

Pax Tested Poseidons Proving Mettle; NAVAIR Integrating Systems

poseidon

Details about landing a commercial jet in San Francisco; Pakistan’s bin Laden report; a decline in US deficits and Japan’s growing prominence.