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Lawmakers open to changes in military benefits

The government's promise of lifetime health care for the military's men and women is suddenly a little less sacrosanct as Congress looks to slash trillion-dollar-plus deficits.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , supercommittee , TRICARE , Tom Coburn , Mark Warner , John McCain , Carl Levin , pay and benefits , House Armed Services Committee ,

Saturday - 10/22/2011, 09:32am EDT

House defense bill passes with slight pay, TRICARE increases

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 passed the House on a 322-96 vote. The bill determines defense spending levels and policy.

Tags: DoD , National Defense Authorization Act , House Armed Services Committee , budget , Congress , pay and benefits , TRICARE

Thursday - 05/26/2011, 05:51pm EDT

HASC leaders at odds over TRICARE hike

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Thursday he will include language implementing the Defense Department's request to increase insurance fees for military retirees. That position is at odds with the panel's subcommittee on military personnel, which on Wednesday unanimously approved language which would prohibit the increase.

Tags: DoD , pay and benefits , TRICARE , Congress , Robert Hale , Joe Wilson , Jared Serbu , DoD Report

Friday - 05/06/2011, 06:44am EDT
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McKeon seeks to keep earmarks out of 2012 Defense authorization bill

The man in charge of the House Armed Services Committee is changing some rules for 2012 defense authorization bill. Congressman Buck McKeon has moved to keep earmarks out of it.

Tags: DoD Report , budget , Defense Authorization Bill , In Depth

Monday - 03/28/2011, 03:01pm EDT

Navy's Mabus: No plans for more BRAC closings in 2015

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said there are no plans in place for Base Realignment and Closure starting in 2015.

Tags: BRAC , DoD , Ray Mabus , John Kerry , John Buckner

Wednesday - 03/02/2011, 03:38pm EST

In budget talks, DoD ‘not the holdup'

The chairman and the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services committee are determined to find a near-term way to pass a Defense Department budget, and not merely a continuing resolution, for fiscal year 2011, the panel's top Democrat said Tuesday.

Tags: DoD , management , DoD budget , continuing resolution , budget , Mike McCord , Adam Smith , Robert Gates , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 03/02/2011, 12:12pm EST
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Pentagon leaders defend budget cuts, priority switches

Top Pentagon officials defended Defense Secretary Robert Gates' proposed multibillion-dollar cuts in military spending.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , DoD , House Armed Services Committee , Adam Smith

Monday - 01/31/2011, 07:08pm EST

HASC to examine DoD efficiency push

The House Armed Services Committee held its first meeting of the 112th Congress on Thursday, approving new rules, an oversight plan, and announcing the leaders and members of subcommittees. Committee Chairman Buck McKeon said the panel will hold its first oversight hearing next week.

Tags: Congress , DoD , House Armed Services Committee , Adam Smith , Robert Gates , DoD budget , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 01/20/2011, 07:15pm EST
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Defense oversight to change as GOP moves in

The leadership of several key defense committees will change hands as a result of the 2010 midterm elections. The transfer of power is expected to reshape defense oversight in the House.

Tags: DoD Report , Congress , Congressional Spotlight , 2010 Election , House Armed Services Committee , Ike Skelton , DoD , David Petraeus , Afghanistan , Don't Ask, Don't Tell , GITMO , Dorobek Insider

Wednesday - 11/03/2010, 05:43pm EDT
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