The top military leaders of each branch say the cumulative effect of years of continuing resolutions is taking its toll. But what makes 2017 so much worse than all the other years?
Three senior Air Force generals urged lawmakers to pass a complete budget, warning that another continuing resolution would have consequences for the Air Force so dire that all training missions would be grounded for two months.
Senators grilled President Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the Air Force on Thursday over $450,000 in alleged improper payments her private consulting firm collected from Energy Department laboratories, but their questions and Heather Wilson’s answers did little to shed little additional light on the matter.
The Air Force’s problem lies not in pilot recruitment, but rather retention. Meanwhile, the major airlines are enjoying a financial boom.
When the hiring freeze started there were about 8,500 vacancies across the Air Force and the service was taking on about 1,300 each month.
The Air Force alone is dealing with a shortage of more than 600 pilots. The service is having trouble competing with airlines that can pay pilots more.
Three top Air Force generals told Congress that manpower issues were the greatest challenge to the organization’s readiness. While specific concerns varied between the USAF, the Reserves and the Air National Guard, each agreed that recruiting and retention is their top priority.
Top officials in two military branches say a yearlong continuing resolution would stop civilian hiring and flying hours.
Only one military leader was aware of a new investigation into Tumblr blogs by the military.
The Air Force Digital Service is trying to keep the Air Force from making software mistakes before they happen.
Trump’s 2017 supplemental budget goes over the legal budget caps.
The Defense Department hit a major milestone a few weeks ago, bringing its new electronic health record system online at its first facility. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu visited Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington to talk with clinicians and Defense health officials about how the new system, MHS Genesis, is working so far. He filed this report on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Top military service officials President Trump’s federal hiring freeze is causing problems for those in the military.
Discharge Review Boards rarely grant veterans personal testimony and are having trouble providing video conferences.
The Defense Department will move nearly a quarter of a million workers to the New Beginnings system in April.