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  • Air Force Orders Review of Planes, Flight Training

    Air Force Orders Review of Planes, Flight Training

    Air Force commanders will inspect all aircraft and review pilot training procedures under an order from Chief of Staff David Goldfein, CNN reported. The U.S. and other countries have grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8 after two recent crashes. The autopilot systems and pilot training procedures have come under attack. The Air Force does not

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  • Marine Commandant: Border Deployments Hurting Readiness, Bases

    Marine Commandant: Border Deployments Hurting Readiness, Bases

    The Marines have had to cancel training exercises in Alaska, California and elsewhere because of the costs of sending service members to the U.S.-Mexico border, the commandant wrote in two internal memos reported on by the Los Angeles Times. In the letters, Gen. Robert Neller wrote that the deployments are threatening readiness, international alliances and

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  • DOD to Set Up Sexual Assault Task Force at McSally’s Request

    DOD to Set Up Sexual Assault Task Force at McSally’s Request

    Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is establishing a task force to help “eliminate sexual assault and sexual harassment in the United States military,” according to The Hill. The task force was requested this week by Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), a former Air Force squadron commander who recently announced she had been sexually assaulted in the service.

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  • Shanahan: DOD Must Ensure Space Force Costs Stay in Check

    Shanahan: DOD Must Ensure Space Force Costs Stay in Check

    A Space Force could need 15,000 to 20,000 personnel, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Wednesday at a CSIS event. The administration’s budget requested funding for 15,000. Shanahan said the costs could go up. “In the department, we’re really going to do a bottoms-up approach to cost,” Shanahan said, according to Military.com. “Cost grows if

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  • IG Looking into Shanahan-Boeing Links

    IG Looking into Shanahan-Boeing Links

    The process for nominating a permanent defense secretary took another step back Wednesday when DOD’s inspector general announced an investigation into whether Acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan has improperly favored his former employer, Boeing. Shanahan had told senators he was open to such an investigation, his spokesman noted. “Acting Secretary Shanahan has at all times remained

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  • Federal Workers Push Back on Proposals for Faster Contracts

    Federal Workers Push Back on Proposals for Faster Contracts

    Federal employees are urging Congress to block proposals to speed up the DOD acquisition process by cutting red tape. “[I]f these changes were implemented, they would compound the effects of previous misguided ‘reform’ and result in large unnecessary costs,” American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) National President David Cox wrote in a March 15 letter

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  • Legislation Would Protect Families in Privatized Housing

    Legislation Would Protect Families in Privatized Housing

    A bipartisan proposal would give installation leaders and military families more protections against bad conditions in privatized military housing, according to Military Times. “It is unacceptable that some military families around the country have little or no recourse when private contractors provide substandard housing,” said Rep. Mike Levin (D-Calif.), who introduced the legislation in the

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  • Mattis Returning to Stanford’s Hoover Institution

    Mattis Returning to Stanford’s Hoover Institution

    Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is re-joining the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in May as the Davies Family Distinguished Fellow. “I believe we have an obligation to pass on the lessons we’ve learned so that future generations can study, learn and become better,” Mattis said in a press release. “Hoover has made this part

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