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McKeon presses Pentagon chief on US-Afghan pact

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee expressed serious concerns that the U.S.-Afghanistan deal giving Afghans authority over night raids could put Americans at greater risk and undercut intelligence gathering critical in the long war.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Howard McKeon , Afghanistan , DoD Report

Thursday - 04/12/2012, 07:45pm EDT

Army's payroll problems threaten auditability goals, GAO says

The Government Accountability Office will release a report this morning detailing problems with the Army's payroll system challenges that threaten the Defense Department's ability to be audit-read

Tags: Army , Kirk Zecchini , Jeanne Brooks , DoD , House Oversight and Government Reform , Technology , pay and benefits

Thursday - 03/22/2012, 11:03am EDT

House GOP plans to protect DoD from more cuts

The budget proposal House Republicans are planning to unveil next week will include provisions that would rescue the Defense Department from further budget cuts.

Tags: DoD , DoD Update , House , Paul Ryan , Federal Drive , Congress , budget

Friday - 03/16/2012, 09:51am EDT

Panetta: Death penalty possible in Afghan shooting

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the death penalty is a consideration as the military moves to investigate and possibly put on trial a U.S. soldier suspected of gunning down 16 Afghans.

Tags: DoD , Afganistan , Army

Monday - 03/12/2012, 08:32pm EDT

CIA-led force may speed Afghan exit

Top Pentagon officials are considering putting elite special operations troops under CIA control in Afghanistan after 2014, just as they were during last year's raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan, sources told The Associated Press.

Tags: DoD , CIA , Afghanistan ,

Saturday - 03/03/2012, 08:38pm EST

DoD defends its budget request

The Defense Department defended its budget request yesterday telling the Senate Budget Committee about its plans to be more efficient and agile. Leaders also pushed back against the looming $500 billion cut from sequestration.

Tags: DoD , DoD budget , DoD Update , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 07:41am EST

GOP lawmakers question fairness of DoD pay and benefit cuts

Members of Congress complain that DoD's budget cuts don't do enough to trim civilian personnel spending.

Tags: DoD , DoD budget , Congress , Mike Coffman , Kelly Ayotte , Austin Scott , TRICARE , pay and benefits , workforce , FEHBP , OPM , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 05:12am EST

Panetta calls troop cuts in Europe 'necessary'

Two Germany-based Army brigades will be brought home in 2014. By 2017, the number of U.S. service members in Europe will drop from about 80,000 now to 70,000.

Tags: DoD , DoD Update , Army

Friday - 02/17/2012, 09:45am EST

Congress pushes back against another round of BRAC

DoD officials say as the number of troops shrink so should their real estate holdings. Lawmakers are wary about reducing troop and bases levels too much, and the expense of the Base Realignment and Closure process.

Tags: DoD , budget , BRAC , Roscoe Bartlett , Michael McCord , James Inhofe , Mac Thornberry , Martin Dempsey , House Armed Services Committee , Senate Armed Services Committee , GAO , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 02/16/2012, 05:13am EST
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