• NDAA May Move Fast After Deal on Space Force, Family Leave

    NDAA May Move Fast After Deal on Space Force, Family Leave0

    Democrats seem willing to create the Space Force as a sixth branch of the military in exchange for paid parental leave for all federal personnel, according to the Washington Post’s coverage of a National Defense Authorization Act deal that emerged over the weekend. Space Force was the White House’s top priority in the defense bill

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  • NDAA Deal May Be Close

    NDAA Deal May Be Close0

    Talks on the National Defense Authorization Act hinge on a few remaining issues, and a deal could be just days away, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) said Wednesday, according to a CQ report. House and Senate negotiators are still talking about PFAS cleanup standards, family leave for federal personnel, Space Force and

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  • NDAA: Lawmakers’ Frustrations Showing

    NDAA: Lawmakers’ Frustrations Showing0

    The top Republicans on the Armed Services committees said Tuesday that House and Senate leaders will need to push the National Defense Authorization Act over the finish line. “We’ve done our job, and now it’s going to be up to leadership on whether they want a bill or not,” Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) told CQ,

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  • Inhofe Releases ‘Skinny’ NDAA

    Inhofe Releases ‘Skinny’ NDAA0

    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla.) released legislative text of his “skinny” version of the National Defense Authorization Act Tuesday. “A skinny bill is simple,” Inhofe said on the Senate floor. “It extends necessary authorities for military operations, takes care of the service members and their families, and authorizes essential military construction and

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  • Fiscal 2020 NDAA Remains Stalled Due to Unexpected Northern Syria Activity, Inhofe Says

    Fiscal 2020 NDAA Remains Stalled Due to Unexpected Northern Syria Activity, Inhofe Says0

    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said Tuesday that negotiations on the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) have stalled due to the unfolding northern Syria situation, Defense News reported. Inhofe, in a brief hallway interview, said negotiations to reconcile the Senate and House bills “kind of are stalling. Syria has messed

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  • Pentagon Prepares Case for Space Force Despite Political Controversies

    Pentagon Prepares Case for Space Force Despite Political Controversies0

    Senior Pentagon officials were scheduled to meet with the White House Tuesday to discuss preparations for a Space Force as soon as Congress authorizes a new military branch, SpaceNews reported Monday. A White House source told SpaceNews the meeting will be a “routine DOD update” related to the anticipated establishment of a new military service,

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