• White House to Release FY21 Budget Request Feb. 10

    White House to Release FY21 Budget Request Feb. 10

    President Donald Trump will send his full budget request for fiscal year 2021 to Congress Feb. 10, the White House announced Monday. The budget request will not be an abbreviated version like the Administration has submitted to Capitol Hill the past two years, CQ reported. Under a two-year agreement enacted last summer, discretionary spending in

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  • Esper Chief of Staff Resigning; HASC Aide to Take Job

    Esper Chief of Staff Resigning; HASC Aide to Take Job

    Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s chief of staff, Eric Chewning, is leaving DOD at the end of the month. Chewning joined the Pentagon in 2017 and has been chief of staff since January 2019. The new chief of staff will be Jen Stewart, Politico reported. Stewart is the top Republican staffer on the House Armed Services

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  • In Our Communities

    In Our Communities

    The Air Force will spend $2 million to stop PFAS-contaminated water from flowing into waterways near the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove, Penn., the Philadelphia Inquirer reported…. Redevelopment of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station in Concord, Calif., may be on hold. The Contra Costa Building Trades Council and Lennar Concord,

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  • 3,500 from Fort Bragg Headed to Kuwait Amid Tension with Iran

    3,500 from Fort Bragg Headed to Kuwait Amid Tension with Iran

    About 3,500 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., are headed to the Middle East after a U.S. airstrike killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. “[T]he mood around the sprawling installation… has turned serious,” the Fayetteville Observer reported. “This is the first short-notice combat deployment for the 82nd… since the invasion of Panama in

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  • With Space Force a Go, Is Cyber Force Next?

    With Space Force a Go, Is Cyber Force Next?

    Congress may consider creating a cyber force as the next new uniformed service, CQ reported. The defense policy bill that became law last month directs DOD to assess “the potential costs, benefits, and value, if any, of establishing a cyber force as a separate uniformed service.” The 2016 policy bill had ordered a study of

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  • Smith Plans Focus on Acquisition Reform

    Smith Plans Focus on Acquisition Reform

    As House Democrats work on the next defense authorization bill, they will “continue [to] make sure we can maintain and attract the best personnel” but will balance that with a focus on acquisition reform, Armed Services Committee Chair Adam Smith (D-Wash.) told Defense News in an end-of-the-year interview. “We need to make sure we encourage

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