• Panels demand billions more for defense than Trump requested

    The GOP-controlled Congress has seized the lead on one of President Donald Trump’s key campaign promises, pressing for tens of billions of dollars more for active-duty troops, combat aircraft, and ships that he didn’t request

  • 3D printing in Afghanistan inspires Virginia startup

    An entrepreneur who used 3D printers in Afghanistan to create solutions for soldiers in combat took his battlefield experience and started a company that now trains Marines. Brad Halsey, founder and CEO of Building Momentum, says his company trains Marines and inspires them to take those lessons into combat.

  • Grassroots innovation movement grows inside the military

    Our Defense Department can sometimes be tied up in old techniques, and generally risk averse, says Jim Perkins. In response, service members and veterans with new ideas started meeting and formed the DEF community, which has since grown to a global movement with meetings as far away as Australia.

  • Initiatives help reduce high veteran unemployment

    Programs allowing service members to earn civilian certifications to qualify for value-added jobs is the latest trend, explains the managing editor of

  • VA Commission on Care releases long list of recommendations

    In today’s Top Federal Headlines, the House passes a bill to extend Veterans Affairs’ expedited removal process for senior executives to all SES members and the VA Commission on Care releases its long list of recommendations for the agency….

  • Senators call for end to DoD’s per diem travel cuts

    Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) have called on Senate appropriations leadership to stop implementing a Defense Department policy that has cut travel reimbursement since Nov. 2014.

  • Men and women in the trenches together

    When it comes to mental application, men don’t have it over women. Only today’s training and the ultimate goal matter.

  • Defense authorization deal to alter troops’ pay and retirement benefits

    The defense authorization bill agreed upon by House and Senate negotiators would affect military pocketbooks in ways both big and small. It includes a 1.3 percent pay increase for uniformed service members but chips away at the military’s pension system. In exchange for shrinking pensions, it encourages current troops — and mandates that future ones — invest in the Thrift Savings Plan.

  • The Army celebrates its 240th birthday

    The U.S. Army marked its 240th birthday with solemn ceremonies, plenty of cake and dancing, a fun run and more during two weeks of festivities. The Second Continental Congress created the Army on June 14, 1775. The next day, George Washington agreed to be the Army’s first commander.

  • Pentagon chief mulls easing military enlistment standards

    By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter is considering easing some military enlistment standards as part of a broader set of initiatives to better attract and keep quality service…

  • Obama makes 2015 federal pay raise official

    Federal employees covered by the General Schedule and members of the military, among other feds, will get a 1 percent pay raise in January. Late Friday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order calling for the increases.

  • Influential African-American women write to Hagel

    Sixteen black female members of Congress are pushing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to change Army regulations that ban hairstyles frequently worn by minority women in the military. The Associated Press reports the members of the Congressional Black Caucus signed a letter Thursday to Hagel, stating that the changes are “discriminatory rules targeting soldiers who are women of color.” They say that references in the rules calling hairstyles worn mostly by black women “unkempt” and “matted” are offensive and show a lack of “cultural sensitivity.”

  • Top 3 for 2013 – Adm. Norb Ryan on military personnel and spending

    Norb Ryan, a retired vice admiral who’s now the president and CEO of the Military Officers Association of America says that mental, physical and financial well-being for military personnel should be the top priority next year.

  • Federal auditors question fuel use by Afghan army

    The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction says there’s no proof the fuel is actually being used by Afghan forces. It could be lost, stolen or diverted to insurgents.

  • Educating students about war

    Veterans National Education Program Co-founders Andrea Hooper and Bob McMahon talk about the organization’s vision and mission. April 20, 2012(Encore presentation June 8, 2012)