January 16, 2019

CBO Still Sees Billions in Savings in the Military

CBO

Capping pay, scrapping aircraft, slashing benefits and a host of already discussed military and veterans program reforms reappear in this year’s CBO annual “options for reducing the deficit” report.

Congress Says No F-35s to Turkey; Mattis Objects

F-35 to Turkey

The Senate and House move to prevent the sale of F-35s to Turkey, a move DefSec Mattis opposes.

Pentagon Eyes Change in Cellphone Policy

Cellphone

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to order a tightening of security policy governing military and civilian personnel bringing cellphones into classified workspaces in the Pentagon.

Are Shulkin’s Days at VA Numbered?

Are Shulkin's Days at VA Numbered?

Is the Veterans Affairs secretary on his way out? There are conflicting reports. Sources say President Trump is planning to oust David Shulkin amid a rebellion at the agency and damaging government investigations into his alleged spending abuses. Others say the president has confidence in Shulkin “at this point in time.”

Navy Admonished to Fix Pilot Hypoxia Issues

hypoxia

The House Armed Services Committee tells the Navy to “fix” physiological issues facing fighter jet pilots and student pilots. Hypoxia incidents have been increasing in Navy aircraft over the past decade.

Norquist to Give Update on DoD Audit

House Will Hear of DoD Audit's Progress

Department of Defense Comptroller David Norquist is scheduled to testify before the House Armed Services Committee this week to discuss the progress of the Pentagon’s audit.

Self-Driving Cars in Terrorists’ Future Also

self-driving cars

The future is bright for self-driving cars, but credible reports out of Finland show terrorist groups considering how autonomous vehicles can replace suicide bombers and conduct ramming attacks.

Trump Executive Order Freezes Federal Hiring

Executive Order Hiring Freeze Trump

President Donald Trump issued an executive order Monday freezing some federal government hiring. He said it would affect all employees “except for the military.”

Navy Continues Testing With Biofuels

Growler

In tests this month at NAS Patuxent River, the Navy went all out to experiment using 100 percent biofuels for its jets.

Reid on Defense Budget: A Deal is a Deal

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is balking at adding funding to the defense budget deal agreed to President Obama and former House Speaker John Boehner.