• Pentagon Spending Flexibility at Stake in Border Wall Fight

    Pentagon Spending Flexibility at Stake in Border Wall Fight

    President Trump’s emergency declaration to build a border wall could end an informal agreement between Congress and the Pentagon permitting it to shift billions of dollars within its budget, Roll Call reported last week. House Democrats are expected to try to end DOD’s ability to easily move funds among various Pentagon accounts by reasserting their

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  • In Our Communities

    In Our Communities

    A lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court of Idaho seeks to halt Mountain Home Air Force Base from conducting urban close air support training exercises over nine southern Idaho cities, the Idaho Press reported. Boise residents and an environmental organization filed charges that the Air Force began “conducting project training operations over the urban

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  • President Trump Dismisses Grand Spending Caps Deal

    President Trump Dismisses Grand Spending Caps Deal

    President Donald Trump Thursday night dismissed the idea of a bipartisan two-year spending caps deal to avoid billions in mandatory defense and nondefense spending cuts, Politico.com reported. “House Democrats want to negotiate a $2 TRILLION spending increase but can’t even pass their own plan. We can’t afford it anyway, and it’s not happening!” Trump tweeted.

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  • Shanahan Memo Orders May 10 Deadline for Delayed Military Construction Projects

    Shanahan Memo Orders May 10 Deadline for Delayed Military Construction Projects

    A memo issued by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan Thursday orders the Pentagon to prepare a list by May 10 which military construction projects could be delayed toward redirecting $3.6 billion a border barrier, according to Task and Purpose. The memo to DOD Comptroller Elaine McCusker orders a review of the “pool of unawarded military

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  • Adm. Bill Moran Nominated for CNO, Vice Adm. Burke Nominated to VCNO

    Adm. Bill Moran Nominated for CNO, Vice Adm. Burke Nominated to VCNO

    Navy Adm. Bill Moran was nominated by President Trump to become the next Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), and newly promoted Vice Adm. Robert Burke was nominated to become Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO), Military.com reported. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan made the announcements late last week. If confirmed by the Senate, Moran, a

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  • Upcoming VA Mission Act Rollout Expected to be Bumpy

    Upcoming VA Mission Act Rollout Expected to be Bumpy

    The White House and congressional leaders are both issuing late warnings that the VA “Mission Act” to improve veterans’ access private health care will experience a bumpy rollout, Government Executive reported. The VA is in final preparations to implement the bipartisan measure that President Trump signed into law in 2017 but has faced pushback from

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