• Democrats Want Review of Spencer Departure

    Democrats Want Review of Spencer Departure0

    Some Democratic lawmakers are asking the DOD inspector general to look into Richard Spencer’s ouster as Navy secretary. Spencer left his position Nov. 24 after President Trump intervened to ensure a convicted Navy SEAL kept his Trident. Defense Secretary Mark Esper asked for Spencer’s resignation. Spencer’s resignation letter said he could not “in good conscience

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  • Inhofe Says Shanahan Likely to Get SECDEF Job

    Inhofe Says Shanahan Likely to Get SECDEF Job0

    Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is likely to be nominated to his position long-term, Senate Armed Services Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) told Bloomberg Thursday. “Indications are now that it’s going to be him,” Inhofe said, according to the report. President Trump has long wanted to nominate Shanahan for the job, but one obstacle is the

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  • ‘I’d Be Sympathetic’: 7 Moments from Tuesday’s HASC Hearing

    ‘I’d Be Sympathetic’: 7 Moments from Tuesday’s HASC Hearing0

    Army and Air Force leaders testified before the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday. Here are some of the highlights, based on a CQ transcript: Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) asked whether DOD can adequately operate under a fiscal year 2020 appropriation of $733 billion, the amount House leaders have proposed. “I think the Army’s component of

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  • White House Nominates for Several Posts but Still No Secretary

    White House Nominates for Several Posts but Still No Secretary0

    The White House formally nominated Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville this week to be Army chief of staff. President Trump wants to nominate the current chief of staff, Mark Milley, to chair the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Trump nominated Lt. Gen. David Berger to become the new Marine Corps commandant. He currently

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  • Report: Shanahan Says ‘Of Course’ He Wants to Be SECDEF

    Report: Shanahan Says ‘Of Course’ He Wants to Be SECDEF0

    Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said “of course” he wants his job full-time, according to a report from Defense One, which said it talked to him after his House committee testimony Tuesday. “I’ve spent nearly two years on the National Defense Strategy,” Shanahan reportedly told Defense One. “I know the defense strategy. I know what it takes

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  • Shanahan on Hill Tuesday; Promotion Talk on Hold

    Shanahan on Hill Tuesday; Promotion Talk on Hold0

    Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is expected to face tough questions Tuesday at a House Armed Services Committee hearing about DOD’s budget request. It’s his first testimony since the Pentagon released a list of military construction projects that could be delayed to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall, as directed by President Trump’s national emergency declaration.

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