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10:14 am, April 18, 2014

DoD News

Hazardous duty pay trimmed

If you serve the US military in places like Afghanistan and Iraq, you'll get imminent danger pay. But Bahrain, which is headquarters to the U.S. Fifth Fleet, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan have been removed from that list. Lt. Col Steve Warren, Pentagon spokesman said the decision to drop more than 20 locales from the list followed a regular review and was not budget-driven.

Monday - 01/06/2014, 08:50am EST

China criticizes the U.S.

China's says the U.S. should not have sent the last three Uighur Chinese inmates at the Guantanamo Bay detention center to Slovakia. The Chinese government claims they are terrorists. A spokesman says they are members of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, which Beijing labels a terrorist group and not only threaten China's security, but other countries as well.

Monday - 01/06/2014, 08:41am EST

Marines delay female fitness plan after half fail

Marines delay plan to require pullups in female fitness test after half of recruits fail

Friday - 01/03/2014, 11:44am EST

Lawmakers enshrine Pentagon HQ cost-cutting into law

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has already set about implementing a plan to cut $1 billion from the Defense Department's budget by consolidating and reorganizing top Pentagon offices, but lawmakers want to hold his feet to the fire. The final version of the National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress Dec. 19 enshrines DoD's ambitious cost-cutting and streamlining plan into law.

Thursday - 01/02/2014, 01:11pm EST

Reports of sexual assaults in military on rise

Increase in reported sexual assaults in military may be due to greater confidence in system

Monday - 12/30/2013, 12:38pm EST

Service members more financially stable than civilian counterparts

Members of the military are burdened by credit card debt, loans and mortgages, but they still seem to be handling their finances better than their civilian counterparts, according to a report by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Foundation.

Monday - 12/30/2013, 09:17am EST
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Obama signs bipartisan budget deal, defense bill

Capping tough year, Obama signs bipartisan budget deal, defense bill addressing sexual assault

Saturday - 12/28/2013, 08:30am EST

Military sex assault reports jump by 50 percent

APNewsBreak: Military sex assault reports jump by 50 percent; more victims coming forward

Saturday - 12/28/2013, 03:08am EST

Vets return to streets to reach the homeless

Veterans return to streets to make inroads with chronically homeless vets

Thursday - 12/26/2013, 06:32pm EST

Amid bribery scandal, Navy changes business practices for overseas port calls

Navy moves to centralize its contracting and payment processes for overseas husbanding services after its investigators find tens of millions of dollars in overcharges resulting from bribes.

Monday - 12/23/2013, 03:51am EST
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DoD releases names of casualties

The Department of Defense has released the names of those who died when their Black Hawk UH-60 went down Tuesday during a mission. Five U.S. soldiers based at Fort Riley, Kan., and one based in Europe were killed in a helicopter crash this week in southern Afghanistan, Army officials said Thursday. The five Fort Riley soldiers were identified as Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy L. Billings, 34, of Heavener, Okla.; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua B. Silverman, 35, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Sgt. Peter C. Bohler, 29, of Willow Spring, N.C.; Sgt. 1st Class Omar W. Forde, 28, of Marietta, Ga.; and Spc. Terry K.D. Gordon, 22, of Shubuta, Miss. A sixth soldier, based in Vilseck, Germany, was identified as Staff Sgt. Jesse L. Williams, 30, of Elkhart, Ind. One soldier survived the crash.

Friday - 12/20/2013, 10:26am EST

Air Force commits to use OASIS for most professional services contracts

Under an agreement signed Thursday, the Air Force will use OASIS as its default option for professional service contracts. The service agrees to spend at least $500 million under the multiple award contract.

Friday - 12/20/2013, 03:50am EST
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Senate OKs defense bill, sends measure to Obama

Senate OKs defense bill cracking down on sexual assaults in military, measure heads to Obama

Friday - 12/20/2013, 03:32am EST

Budget, sequestration and defense sales

On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government analysts will discuss how the budget deal will affect next year's government funding,and how budget cuts are affecting U.S. defense industrial capabilities.
December 19, 2013

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 05:48pm EST
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Russia working on new weapons

Russia is developing a new intercontinental ballistic missile mounted on a railway car. Government officials say their stated goal is to counterbalance U.S. weapons in the pipeline. Col. Gen. Sergei Karakayev, the chief of the military's Strategic Missile Forces, told Russian news agencies that the new weapon will be much easier to camouflage than its predecessor. The Soviet-designed railway missiles were dismantled in 2005. So what does this mean for the Cold War? Many say it never ended.

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 08:33am EST

Five roadblocks afflicting DoD's procurement

Bill Greenwalt, visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, was Francis Rose's guest on Pentagon Solutions.

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 05:38pm EST
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On DoD: Budget agreement's impact to the Pentagon

Russell Rumbaugh, head of the Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense program at the Stimson Center, and Mike Barron, recently-retired Army colonel and deputy director of legislative affairs for Military Officers' Association of America discuss the implications of the budget agreement and cutbacks to civilian workers in the military community.

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 05:06pm EST
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Prisoners released

Two Guantanamo Bay prisoners have been sent back Saudi Arabia. U.S. officials say 35-year-old Saad Muhammad Husayn Qahtani and 48-year-old Hamood Abdulla Hamood were transferred after a security review. Neither man had been charged with a crime. U.S. records show both were suspected members of al-Qaida and were considered to be at high risk of rejoining the terror group if released.

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 09:16am EST

Suicide bombing plot foiled

Terry Lee Loewen, a 58-year-old avionics technician allegedly spent months studying the layout of the Mid-Continent Regional Airport in Wichita, Kansas. The FBI says he was looking at flight patterns and other details as he planned a suicide car-bomb attack. The FBI says he developed a plan with other conspirators and Loewen, who lives in Wichita had been under surveillance for 6 months and was planning the attack to support al Qaida.

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 09:15am EST

New DoD guidance infused with Better Buying Power principles

Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall the update to Instruction 5000.02 incorporates Better Buying Power principles, such as making cutting costs fundamental for program managers.

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 05:09pm EST
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