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3:32 pm, July 28, 2014

DoD News

Jeremy Herb, staff writer, The Hill

The Defense Department's civilian workforce is in Congressional crossfire.

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 09:01am EDT
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Gender allowances urged in the military

Transgender military personnel --at least a dozen nations, including Australia, Canada, England and Israel, allow them to serve. Transgender rights advocates have been lobbying the Pentagon to revisit the blanket ban in the U.S. since Congress in 2010 repealed ``don't ask, don't tell,'' the law that barred gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals from openly serving in the military.

Monday - 03/17/2014, 11:55am EDT

Pullout may not be necessary

The U.S. has threatened to pull all troops out of Afghanistan by the end of the year, because Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign the a new status of forces agreement. But that may not be necessary, because the 33,600 U.S. forces still deployed are covered by an existing status-of-forces agreement. The arrangement took effect shortly after 9/11 as the U.S. engagement there started. That agreement has no expiration date and prevents U.S. military personnel from being prosecuted under Afghan law.

Monday - 03/17/2014, 11:53am EDT

Lt. Commander Keith Benson, program director, Naval District Washington

The Naval District Washington creates a new culture of energy consumption.

Monday - 03/17/2014, 10:10am EDT
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Air Force says readiness problems will last through 2023

Air Force officials say their service already was facing readiness issues because of the high operational tempo of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But sequestration worsened the problems, and continuing the budget caps will set back a readiness recovery.

Monday - 03/17/2014, 06:50am EDT
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What can USPS learn from TRICARE in funding retiree health care costs?

As lawmakers consider efforts to shore up the Postal Service's financial footing, there's still widespread disagreement over whether the current requirement for the agency prefunding requirement is fiscally responsible, as Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) argued during a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing Thursday, or an "onerous mandate" only required of the Postal Service, as Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) contended.

Friday - 03/14/2014, 02:48pm EDT

Cyber Command headed toward unified command status

Gen. Keith Alexander, who will soon retire as the first commander of U.S. Cyber Command, said his organization has matured to the point that it should join the club of unified commands that report directly to the President.

Friday - 03/14/2014, 04:00am EDT
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Staff Sergeant Alexandra Springman, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

The Air Force celebrates the retirement of one of its own - doggie style.

Thursday - 03/13/2014, 01:40pm EDT
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Military facilities get shorted as part of DoD's tough 2015 budget choices

The Pentagon's 2015 budget request includes sharp cuts in funding for construction and maintenance on military bases, which congressional appropriators immediately denounced. But Defense officials say they could do a better job of maintaining military bases if they were allowed to close they ones they no longer need.

Thursday - 03/13/2014, 04:14am EDT
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Service members should be worried about FY 2015 budget

Vice Admiral Norb Ryan, president of the Military Officer's Association of America, was Francis Rose's guest for Pentagon Solutions.

Wednesday - 03/12/2014, 06:28pm EDT
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On DoD: Army Fit

Lt. Col. Daniel Johnston, an Army physician and the program manager for Army Fit, talks to DoD Reporter Jared Serbu about the Army's technology platform that it hopes will take the service's comprehensive resilience effort further.

Wednesday - 03/12/2014, 04:01pm EDT
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APNewsBreak: Defense contractor to plead guilty

A civilian defense contractor accused of giving military secrets to a Chinese girlfriend half his age will be entering a guilty plea, his attorney said Tuesday.

Wednesday - 03/12/2014, 02:32pm EDT

Who are the winners and losers in the 2015 budget?

Cameron Leuthy, senior budget analyst at Bloomberg Government, will give us his take on the President's 2015 budget request.
March 11, 2014

Tuesday - 03/11/2014, 09:28pm EDT
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U.S. urges China to split with Russia over Ukraine

The Associated Press says President Barack Obama is pressing China's to support the U.S. plan to isolate Russia over its military intervention in Ukraine. The AP reports, "With official comments from China appearing studiously neutral since the Ukraine crisis began, President Barack Obama spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping late Sunday in a bid to get Beijing off the fence."

Monday - 03/10/2014, 05:47pm EDT

The Pentagon engages Ukraine's military

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had his first conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart, Defense Minister Ihor Tenyukh. Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby says Hagel reaffirmed U.S. support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.. He said the goal was to keep dialogue between to two militaries as strong as possible well into the future.

Monday - 03/10/2014, 05:27pm EDT

The U.S. steps up joint training in eastern Europe

Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the U.S. was stepping up joint aviation training with Polish forces. The Pentagon also is increasing American participation in NATO's air policing mission in its Baltic countries, he said. This and U.S. diplomatic efforts have come about since Russia's incursion into Ukraine

Monday - 03/10/2014, 05:15pm EDT

Russian missile launch was "routine"

As if what's going on in Ukraine weren't enough, the Russian military on Tuesday test-fired a Topol intercontinental ballistic missile. The missile, fired from a launch pad in southern Russia, hit a designated target on a range leased by Russia from Kazakhstan. The National Security Council says, "This was a previously notified and routine test launch of an ICBM. As required under the New START Treaty, Russia provided advance notification of this launch to the United States. Such advance notifications are intended to provide transparency, confidence, and predictability and to help both sides avoid misunderstandings. Russia and the United States routinely flight test their ICBMs and SLBMs."

Monday - 03/10/2014, 05:13pm EDT

North Korea steps over the line, again

North Korea launched several Scud missiles on Monday. The United States says they are a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the North launched two such short-range ballistic missiles from its southeast coast Monday morning that landed in the sea. It is the second reported launch of short-range missiles by North Korea in less than a week.

Monday - 03/10/2014, 05:12pm EDT

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: DoD's even-more-complicated-than-usual budget request

Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu offers news tidbits and buzz about the Defense Department.

Monday - 03/10/2014, 04:05am EDT

Senate blocks change to military sex assault cases

Military sexual assaults: Impassioned Senate debate but no change in the handling of cases

Friday - 03/07/2014, 04:50pm EST
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