• California Military Construction Projects Possibly Saved from Border Wall Delay

    California Military Construction Projects Possibly Saved from Border Wall Delay

    A memo last week from Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan appears to preserve $310 million in California military construction funds from diversion to border wall construction, Military.com reported Tuesday. California base officials believe construction projects at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Camp Pendleton and Fort Irwin are safe from a list due out May 10

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  • Proposed Bills Protect Military Families from Lead Exposure

    Proposed Bills Protect Military Families from Lead Exposure

    New legislation introduced in the House and Senate would protect military families from lead exposure in their homes, the New Bern, N.C., Sun Journal reported Tuesday. The proposal by Sens. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Reps. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) would guarantee lead exposure testing in children; require testing

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  • DOD Changing Hiring Rules to Improve Spouse Employment Opportunities

    DOD Changing Hiring Rules to Improve Spouse Employment Opportunities

    DOD has changed some rules in its on-base hiring practices to improve employment opportunities for active-duty spouses, Military.com reported Tuesday. A statement from DOD last week detailed that its Priority Placement Program will now allow active-duty spouses to use employment preference for one offer of permanent employment per duty location. It covers positions funded by

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  • Looking Ahead: The ADC 2019 Defense Communities National Summit

    Looking Ahead: The ADC 2019 Defense Communities National Summit

    The 2019 ADC Summit will launch a new program this year with a focus on the ideas and issues that are key to strengthening the foundation of readiness for our military and communities.   The summit, taking place June 10-12 in Washington D.C., will feature top decision-makers and experts in the field for a powerful

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  • Shanahan Formal Nomination to Defense Secretary Remains Uncertain

    Shanahan Formal Nomination to Defense Secretary Remains Uncertain

    President Donald Trump expects to delay formally nominating Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan to DOD’s top post until an ethics investigation is complete, The Washington Post reported Monday. White House officials interviewed for the report said that unless the investigation into Shanahan’s ties with his former employer Boeing uncovers bias, the president was likely to

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  • Prolonged Budget Stalemate Could Lead to DOD Spending Freeze

    Prolonged Budget Stalemate Could Lead to DOD Spending Freeze

    The battle between the administration and House Democrats over fiscal year 2020 and 2021 spending is prompting concern it could eventually lead to a DOD budget freeze, according to a Defense News report. If there is no agreement by Oct.1, it could force a continuing resolution (CR) leaving the Pentagon at 2018 spending, or cause

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