Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s decision to resign Monday has produced plenty of speculation about his successor. Military experts retired Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro and Jim Thomas of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments said the new DoD secretary will likely lobby Congress for more money to deal with new threats.
House and Senate negotiators finally shook hands Tuesday on a defense authorization bill both parties generally support and would enact some of the most sweeping and aggressive changes to the military’s personnel and acquisition systems in several decades.
Congressional leaders are calling for bipartisan efforts to raise spending caps, to keep Defense funded and also provide government services that so many Americans rely on for education, health and employment.
Leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee intend to push legislation promoting U.S. Cyber Command to a full combatant command. CYBERCOM’s current commander agrees it’s time to do so.
The Senate version of the NDAA gets rid of the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics and cuts Senior Executive Officer staff by 25 percent.
Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) will offer an amendment to stop cuts to the Army and increase the defense budget when the NDAA goes to the floor next week.
Sen. John McCain’s amendment to add $18 billion to the Defense budget, increase the military pay raise and stop cuts to the Army and Marine Corps failed passage by four votes today.
Former military officials are trying to keep the Missile Defense Agency director a three or four star general.
President Barack Obama’s nominee to take charge of U.S. Strategic Command told the Senate Armed Forces Committee that the Pentagon needs to double down on its strategic advantage in space and cyberspace to stay ahead of its adversaries.
The White House wants nearly $12 billion to keep extra troops in Afghanistan and to continue the fight against the Islamic State. Some members of Congress think the request isn’t enough.